South Shore Skin Center and Spa Dermatologists Provide 5 Sun Protection Tips for Babies & Toddlers

Every time we go outdoors, we’re exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays and the repeated exposure builds over time. The delicate skin of babies and toddlers is particularly susceptible to sunburn and UV damage.

According to Dr. Ramzi W. Saad, Board Certified dermatologist and partner at South Shore Skin Center and Spa, “UV damage can happen at any age, but it begins to occur during childhood. The more frequent the exposure to Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays without protection, the greater the risk of developing melanoma or skin cancer as an adult. Parents and caregivers are responsible for protecting the very young, so knowing HOW to best protect them is key.”

The dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center and Spa provide the following expert advice to parents and caregivers for protecting the skin of very young children from harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun (which are present even on cloudy days):

1. Apply a chemical-free sunscreen containing an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen may be applied to babies older than six months and toddlers. Look for products that are chemical free and have 10 percent micronized Zinc Oxide such as Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+ or Solbar Shield SPF 40.

2. Dress young children in sun protective clothing. Covering up the skin with clothing is one of the most effective ways of protecting the sensitive skin of babies and toddlers. Sun hats with wide brims and flaps to shade ears and neck, lightweight long sleeved shirts, sun rompers and swim bodysuits provide good coverage. Brands such as Coolibar offer 50+ UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Other sun protective clothing brands may be found online or at retailer REI.

3. Sunglasses help protect the delicate eye area. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including eyelids. Because sunscreen cannot be applied on or around the eyes, it’s important to shield the eye area from UV rays. For young children, opt for rubber or flexible frames and shatterproof lenses. To ensure that lenses provide UVA/UVB protection, look for the statement “100% UVA/UVB protection” label on the lense when making your purchase.

4. Seek shade. Shady areas not only offer some cool relief on a hot summer day, but some protection from UV rays.

5. Block UVA/UVB rays in babies younger than six months. Sunscreen should not be applied to babies younger than six months of age, yet exposed skin is left vulnerable without sunscreen. So, how do you protect your baby’s skin from UV rays? Follow tips 2, 3 and 4.

Dr. Saad continued, “As children become more independent, parents and caregivers have a greater challenge of ensuring their tweens and teens wear sunscreen every day, seek shade and wear protective clothing. That is one reason why it is imperative that children learn ‘sun safe’ habits at a very young age because they will have a better understanding of the importance of protecting their skin as they grow older.”

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young white women ages 25-29 and second only to breast cancer in women ages 30-34. New England has the highest concentration of melanoma cases in the United States.

“It cannot be stressed enough that one of the key ways to minimize melanoma mortality is to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, starting in early childhood,” noted Dr. Saad.

About South Shore Skin Center and Spa
South Shore Skin Center and Spa is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.

Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed estheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area. In addition to the medical dermatology office and Mohs Surgical Unit for skin cancer, South Shore Skin Center and Spa offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoos and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, DEKA SmartXide DOT, Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

VISIA Complexion Analysis Now Available at South Shore Skin Center and Spa in Plymouth

Ever wonder if there was a better way to care for your skin? Looking to gain insight on the condition of your skin – above and below the surface?

South Shore Skin Center and Spa, one of the most progressive dermatology practices in Massachusetts with offices in Plymouth and Cohasset, now offers VISIA Complexion Analysis, which can identify the skin’s condition both topically and sub-surface – enabling the Spa team to provide a truly customized skin care maintenance and treatment plan.

“VISIA provides an in-depth analysis of the skin’s surface and sub-surface which enables us to individualize facial rejuvenation and skin care regimen,” noted Ramzi Saad, M.D.

“The extent of UV damage (“Ultraviolet” damage caused by the sun and tanning beds) is not visible to the naked eye, but VISIA enables us to identify UV damage and recommend products or treatments accordingly.”

With VISIA’s precise imaging, South Shore Skin Center and Spa can now monitor a patient’s complexion vitality and check the effectiveness of the patient’s skin care regimen over time. VISIA’s skin and complexion analysis measures wrinkles and the depth of pores; analyzes the skin’s condition and pigment disturbances; recognizes porphyrins from bacteria and identifies UV damage. A VISIA Complexion Analysis takes approximately 30 minutes.

A VISIA Complexion Analysis is the first step of South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s “SkinPlan” – a unique, three-step skin care consultation and analysis. Following the VISIA Complexion Analysis,

a South Shore Skin Center and Spa expert will discuss the results of the evaluation and recommend results-oriented treatments and products in a customized SkinPlan. The second step of the SkinPlan is In-Clinic Treatments utilizing South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s highly advanced suite of services to help patients obtain their ideal skin. The third step is In-Home Care, where specific corrective skin care products are recommended for use at-home to accelerate and enhance patients’ In-Clinic treatments.

VISIA Complexion Analysis is only available at South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s Plymouth location.

To schedule a complimentary VISIA Complexion Analysis, the first step in South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s SkinPlan, contact the Plymouth office (508) 747-0711.

About South Shore Skin Center and Spa

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services. South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s medical office and cosmetic dermatology spa occupy the 6,600 square-foot third floor of One Scobee Circle in Plymouth. South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s skin cancer unit – the Mohs Surgical Unit is located on the lower level.

At South Shore Skin Center and Spa, patient care comes first. The practice’s unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nursing and medical assistant staff are all specialists in dermatology who share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area. Advanced cosmetic services offered include NEW ePrime; Fraxel re:store DUAL, Fraxel re:pair and other Laser Treatments; Gentle YAG, IPL, Thermage and treatments for age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, tattoos and more. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Restylane, Perlane and other wrinkle fillers, volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels. Anti-aging and Cosmetic treatments are both safer and more effective when administered at a physician’s office.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

Ramzi Saad, M.D.