The Sun is Out! Where is Your SPF?
Posted on May 31 2017
I have a secret for you: The best anti-aging cream you’ll ever own is sunscreen. Expose your skin to the sun without protection and you’re asking for increased wrinkles, dryness, brown spots, enlarged pores, and premature aging.
Here’s another tip; not all sunscreens are created equal. There are chemical sunscreens (i.e., oxybenzone and homosalate) and physical sunscreens (i.e., minerals like zinc or titanium oxide). The later is more natural and better for sensitive skin types. But when used correctly, both can protect against both UVA and UVB rays, which is what you want.
UVA rays penetrate the epidermis and dermis (skin’s thickest layer) while UVB rays burn the skins surface. UVB rays are the leading culprit of premature skin aging and wrinkling.
SPF to the Rescue of Acne & Rosacea
Not only does regular application of sunscreen prevent skin deterioration, it also helps reduce inflammation and free radicals. Research has shown that sunscreen alone helps decrease redness and sensitivity. Acne scars have a hard time fading away when exposed to sunlight. With consistent sunscreen application, acne marks can diminish. We recommend using mineral sunscreen since it provides protection without stinging or clogging pores.
Tinted Sunscreen: A Terrific 2 in 1
Tinted sunscreen formulas are one of my favorite products ever invented. They provide just the right amount of color coverage to keep you natural looking AND protected from the sun. Try mixing sunscreen with your foundation and you’ll end up looking cakey. Not a good look!
I recommend using an SPF 30 and over to achieve maximum coverage. The number of SPF indicates how long you can be in the sun. But just because it protects skin more, it doesn’t mean it protects longer. You must always REAPPLY! SPF ingredients become diluted by water and sweat. After 1 hour of sun exposure, an SPF’s effectiveness begins to drop because UV rays break down the ingredients. The sun’s UV rays can cause sunburns that peel, itch, blister and swell.
Protect Extra During Peak Hours
UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you can, try to find shady spots to relax under or plan activities during the early morning or late afternoon…a great way to get in your 15 minutes of Vitamin D, too. If you’re going to be exposed to sun, I encourage using protective gear; there’s no harm in throwing on a fabulous sun hat and stylish sunglasses. And remember; sunglasses stop you from squinting, one of the main reasons for crow’s feet!
Scare Away Spider Veins
Did you know that the sun’s rays could also cause spider veins to appear? Those harmful rays break down collagen under the skin and blood vessels along the skins surface, causing those unsightly purply blue and red veins to crop up.
There is No Such Thing as a Healthy Tan
There are plenty of sunscreens that claim to protect you and allow you to tan in a healthy way. In reality, you are exposing your skin to harsh UVs and producing more melanin, which is why you tan in the first place. Getting that base tan doesn’t prevent you from future burns. Remember there is no such thing as a safe tan. Change in skin color is an indication of damage.
Better Late than Never
We are all aging every day and will continue to do so as long as the earth rotates around the sun. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t been using SPF every day. Just start RIGHT NOW!