Sunscreen Facts

sunscreen facts Beauty Bar Medispa Greenville NCWhy it is important for people to use a broad spectrum SPF.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer within their life time. Daily sunscreen application is vital to protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Broad Spectrum SPF allows you to identify the sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are mostly responsible for giving the skin that “burn” and damage more of the top layers of the skin. UVA rays however are actually more damaging because they penetrate deeper within the skin and cause more of the aging factors like fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. So be sure to check your sunscreen to confirm you have a Broad Spectrum SPF.

Why you should use sunscreen all year long.
When you think of UVB rays think B for burn, while UVA rays you should think A for aging. The UVB ray is not as strong in the winter which is why we generally do not get burned. The UVA ray, however, is just as strong in the winter as it is in the summer; it even penetrates glass, windows, and reflects off water, sand, and snow. Daily sunscreen use is just as important in the winter and while indoors as it is when you are outdoors.

About 70% of women don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Make sure to incorporate sunscreen into your daily routine.
Everyone washes their face and applies some kind of moisturizer or skincare product. If you want that product to make any change within the skin, you need to first protect it. Think of sunscreen like your body guard. It’s standing guard throughout the day so that products below can do their job effectively. Sunscreen is a quick and simple step, and is the best way to protect against sun related aging and skin cancer.

Many people with acne worry that sunscreen will clog their pores and make their acne worse. What to look for in an SPF for acneic skin.
Ingredients and formulation are key when looking at skincare products. There are two types of sunscreen, physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc which act like shields on the skin and reflect off UV rays. In the past, physical sunscreens used to leave the skin pale white and chalky looking upon application, but formulations have changed and many go on sheer. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients like avabenzone, octocrylene and octinoxide. They work well at protecting the skin by absorbing UV rays and turning it into heat. For acneic and sensitive skin types it is best to use physical sunscreen to eliminate the additional heat or inflammation to the skin.

Sunscreen and makeup at the same time.
Keep it separate! Most people do not cake on their makeup so it is hard to say if they have enough on to actually give the level of SPF claimed on the bottle. Additionally, some of us do not wear makeup every day and the chemical ingredients added for sunscreen protection could be clogging pores. The extra 30 seconds it takes to apply a quick SPF is worth the peace of mind knowing you are fully protected and ready for the day.

People of all skin tones need to wear SPF.
All skin is affected by UV rays. Darker skin types produce more melanin (the pigment of the skin), so while they do have more of a natural “built-in” UV protection they still can develop sun related damage. It just isn’t always visible on the surface. Once darker skin types start to show sun related spots, it is more challenging to treat. It’s best to be preventative and wear sunscreen daily.

What to look for in a daily SPF.
A straight Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. There is a big difference in UV coverage between SPF 15 and SPF 30. Increasing to SPF 45 does give a little more UV protection but once you get over SPF 45 you usually get very little added protection. Regardless of the number, the key to any sunblock is frequent reapplication!

Stay protected and find the best SPF for you by consulting one of our experts at Beauty Bar Medispa!

Cindy DiCesare, L.E.Cindy DiCesare, L.E. – Beauty Bar Medispa