Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer means SUN, let’s face it. Pause. Well, let’s not literally face it – the sun that is. But if you have to, with today’s strong rays and risk of over exposure which can cause not only burning, severe permanent damage, and heaven forbid, skin cancer, we do turn toward the experts for guidance.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Soheila Rostami recently opened the doors to her 4,000 square foot medical spa in Tysons, Sanctuary Cosmetic Center. The all-inclusive center offers skincare lovers a variety of surgical and non-surgical services, ranging from eyelid lifts and facelifts to fillers, laser treatments and facials, among other treatments. The double-board certified oculo-facial plastic surgeon has over 20 years of experience in precision, high-quality and state-of-the-art rejuvenation treatments for DC metropolitan resents.

Dr. Soheila Rostami
Dr. Soheila Rostami

Here are her skincare tips for summer:

*Wear sunglasses, don’t forget your eyes. As an oculo-facial plastic surgeon, I can’t stress enough the importance of wearing sunglasses. The following conditions and diseases worsen with sun exposure:

Cataracts – in which the lens of the eye becomes opaque
Macular degeneration – an eye disease that destroys the central point of the retina
Pingeucula – another degenerative disease that affects the eyes

*Sunscreen is not just for the beach: Since 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds, it’s important to wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day. You can get sunburned on overcast days. Snow can also reflect 80% of UV rays, which means you can get a sunburn in the winter months as well.

*Know your sun protection products: with the advent of nano particle technology in sunscreens in the last decade, titanium oxide and zin oxide have become the products of choice to protect the skin from sun damage. Their ability to absorb sunlight radiation, coupled with an unnoticeable color upon application, give you no reason to bare your face unprotected.

*Make sure that the sun block you are applying is meant for the face and does not block your facial pores or cause blemishes. Be sure to reapply if active while outdoors.

About Sanctuary Cosmetic Center:
Sanctuary is located at 1650 Tysons Blvd., Suite 100, Tysons, Virginia 22102. To schedule an appointment, please contact Sanctuary at 703.893.EYES (3937) or visit the Sanctuary website at

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