While the summer sun stays beaming, we chat with Miami-based dermatologist Dr. Roberta Del Campo as she educates us on the dos and don'ts of sun exposure.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Roberta Del Campo PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. ROBERTA DEL CAMPO
As Miamians are constantly exposed to the fierce UV rays hovering over our city, becoming well educated on the implications of intense sun exposure is beyond imperative for any city resident. From burning and sunspots to fine lines and wrinkles, the relentless Miami heat comes alongside a list of unfortunate ramifications. Luckily for us, the city’s booming era has lured in some of the most innovative minds in the medical field to provide a lineup of solutions and guidance to enjoy the sun without the harsh consequences. At the forefront of this list of medical mavericks is board-certified dermatologist Dr. Roberta Del Campo as she lands in North Miami with a brand-new facility home to her cutting-edge medical and aesthetic practices. Specializing in medical-grade treatments to brighten, smooth and hydrate the skin, we chat with the skincare guru as she gives her expertise on the short-term and long-term effects of sun exposure and beyond. From protective initiatives to her coveted list of must-have products, find the dos and don’ts of tropical living with one of Miami’s most trusted experts here. 1801 NE 123rd St., #312, North Miami, delcampoderm.com
“WEAR YOUR SUNBLOCK EVERY DAY. AS ULTRAVIOLET A RAYS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO COME THROUGH WINDOW GLASS, WE ARE EXPOSED TO MORE SUN THAN WE THINK.” –DR. ROBERTA DEL CAMPO
Del Campo offers a myriad unique skincare products and formulas to keep your skin hydrated and radiant throughout the summer season. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. ROBERTA DEL CAMPO
Tell us a bit about the short-term and long-term effects of sun exposure. Short-term sun exposure can cause tanning, burning or blistering of the skin. On the other hand, long-term sun exposure can lead to a much more critical list of consequences, including an increase in the risk of skin cancers, premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, dilated blood vessels and rough skin texture.
What are the biggest misconceptions of sun damage? Many people believe that your skin will be more resilient to the sun if you have a base tan. Another common misconception is that the only sun damage you have is limited to the damage you can see. Neither of these are true, as sun damage goes much deeper than what we can see with the naked eye.
On average, how much time is too much time in the sun? I recommend no more than 10 minutes of direct sun exposure without sun protection.
What are the best products for sun protection? Mineral-based sunblocks including zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. For an extra level of protection, I also recommend UV clothing and hats.
Is there any advice you can give to the people of Miami on the best ways to avoid sun damage? Wear your sunblock every day. As UVA (ultraviolet A rays) are strong enough to come through window glass, we are exposed to more sun than we think. Additionally, it is imperative to reapply sunblock every two hours at a minimum. If you are sweating or engaging in water activities, be sure to apply SPF more frequently. Secondly, know your skin sensitivity. Based on your skin type, you may have a higher or lower risk of sunburn or complications from UV exposure.
Photography by: Photos courtesy: Dr. Roberta Del Campo