Friday, July 3, 2015

Sunscreen Truths - Sunscreen Essentials!

Summer means fun in the sun.  Everyone knows they should use a sunscreen, many don't and many end up sorry!  Not only sunburn, but skin that looks aged and tired results from too much exposure to the sun's rays. 

Broad-Spectrum sunscreen is essential!  This means it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.  UVA (ultraviolet A) rays can prematurely age your skin, leading to wrinkles and age spots.  These are the sneaky rays that can pass through window glass.  UVB (ultraviolet B) ray cause sunburns and are blocked by window glass.  They also stimulate melanocyte cells to product more melanin, which shows up as a burn, tax, freckle, brown or age spot or hyperpigmentation.

So how do you choose the right sunscreen?  There are two types of sun blockers: 
  • Physical - these sunscreens contain extremely fine particles of minerals that stay on the skin's surface and create a barrier to reflect the sun's rays.  They have a tendency the last a little longer on the skin.  Look for the active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
  • Chemical sunscreens are made of synthetic compounds that absorb ultraviolent radiation.  They are good for drier skin types and offer more coverage against both UVA and UVB rays.  You need to wait at least 20 minutes after applying to receive adequate sun protection.  Look for the active ingredients Avobenzone, Octoxate, Zinc Oxide and Octocrylene.
There is no magic SPF number.  SPF 15 is good for everyday minimal exposure as long as it is "broad-spectrum".  SPF 30 is considered the perfect number by the American Academy of Dermatology, again making sure it is "broad-spectrum".  50+ doesn't really mean more protection.  The FDA has capped SPF at 50 as any higher has not been proven to give more protection.

What can we recommend?  Beauty Care Choices has many great brands that have sunscreen products.  A few of our favorites:

Robanda Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF30 is great to us
e daily on your face under make-up.  It contains 100% pure and active Retinol Palmitate as well as Broad Spectrum SPF30 so it protects, moisturizes, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Original Sprout Face & Body SPF27 Sunscreen is a physical sunblock with natural & organic ingredients and is 100% vegan.  It is safe to use on even the most sensitive skin.
Mirabella makes both an SPF15 and SPF30 lotion and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is paraben, PABA and oil free.

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