understanding sun protection
Summer is almost upon us so today, I thought I would delve into the world of sun care.
– Most of your aging occurs before you turn 18 years old. (This made me shudder!)
– Only 33% of us wear sunscreen. (This should make everyone shudder! USE PROTECTION!)
-1 in 75 of us will be diagnosed with melanoma in our lifetime. Compare this to 1 in 600 in 1960.
-5 or more burns doubles your risk of skin cancer.
-Every time you reapply SPF, your protection time is halved. So: The longer you’re out in the sun, the more frequently you have to reapply your sunscreen.
There are two types of sun protection available: chemical and physical sunscreens. A chemical sunscreen works by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sun’s rays (UV radiation) before they affect the skin. A physical sunscreen sits on the skin’s surface and reflects or scatters UV radiation before it is able to damage the skin. These two forms of protection have different methods of achieving a similar goal.
The FDA requires that all sun protection products display a Sun Protection Factor or SPF label, although many consumers are unaware of the fact that this label only indicates the relative amount of protection from UVB rays a product can provide when used correctly. Certain ingredients must be included in a product to receive adequate UVA protection. In order for a sun protection product to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone or ecampsule (MexorylTM) must be included. Sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30 are recommended.
SKINS Derma Care Therapists Recommend:
PCA Hydrator Plus SPF 30 $52
Super Sensitive Face Block SPF 30 $58.50
Both of these are complete moisturizers as well!