Dr. Stephen Finical, a surgeon with Charlotte Plastic Surgery, shares his top tips for surviving the summer without damaging your skin. 

Dr. Stephen Finical, a surgeon with Charlotte Plastic Surgery, shares his top tips for surviving the summer without damaging your skin. 

Timing is everything when it comes to sunscreen. So Dr. Stephen Finical, a surgeon with Charlotte Plastic Surgery, reminds everyone to make sunscreen part of your daily routine. "But don't wait to do it right before you go outside," he says. "Most sunscreens take at least 20 minutes to work." 

Here are four more tips from Dr. Finical that will help you survive summer without damaging your skin:

1. Splurge on a quality product for the areas that get the most sun (face, neck, chest and hands). Dr. Finical recommends SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair ($64; available at Charlotte Plastic Surgery).

2. For the rest of your body, save money by using a lower priced lotion that's SPF 15 or higher and has a smell and texture you love - that increases the odds that you'll use it. Just make sure it's waterproof if you're going to be swimming or sweating. The O Report recommends Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen SPF 30; water resistant for 80 minutes. ($9.99; available at drugstores). 

3. If you're going to be in a bathing suit, put on your sunscreen before your suit so you'll be fully protected. 

4. Most sunscreens lose effectiveness after 80 minutes. You have to keep reapplying of you're out in the sun. Dr. Finical likes Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen because it's easy to sweep over exposed skin even if you're wearing makeup. ($57; available at Charlotte Plastic Surgery). 

 

 

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Mischell Christmas, a former critical care nurse at Georgetown University Hospital and ICU nurse at the National Institute of Health, will talk about injectables and other new non-invasive procedures during a special event at Charlotte Plastic Surgery on June 28. 

Mischell Christmas, a former critical care nurse at Georgetown University Hospital and ICU nurse at the National Institute of Health, will talk about injectables and other new non-invasive procedures during a special event at Charlotte Plastic Surgery on June 28. 

What’s New In Non-Invasive Treatments: Olivia Fortson, publisher of The O Report, invites you to learn about new ways to slow down the aging process and look your best during this special event at Charlotte Plastic Surgery.

Nurse Injector Mischell Christmas, a former critical care nurse at Georgetown University Hospital and ICU nurse at the National Institute of Health, will talk about injectables and the advantages of the Visia Complexion Analysis imaging system and the new HALO laser treatments. Skin Health Specialist Emily Merrick, a Coolsculpting expert, will talk about the new body conturing procedure that’s non-invasive and has no downtime.

This relaxed evening of socializing and learning is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the office of Charlotte Plastic Surgery, 2215 Randolph Road. Wine, hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats from La-Tea-Da's Catering will be served. Each guest will receive a special gift bag and a copy of the brand new The O Report magazine. Free. Space is limited. RSVP to olivia@oliviafortson.com.