Sun Screen – Why Our Skin Loves and Needs It!

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Orange County & the Greater Los Angeles Area of California

Posted: June 29, 2017

With summer here in full effect, it’s important to show your skin some TLC. Sunscreen becomes your must-have product for the summer time! As much as we love our beach days, bike riding, hiking and any other outdoor activities it is important to protect your skin as much as possible, and by protecting I don’t only mean wearing a hat. The sun rays make us feel good and in short time the make us look good, but what we don’t think about is the long term effect it will leave us with forever. Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces also known as pigmentation.

One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old! Skin color from being in the sun or in a tanning booth, actually speed up the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer. Sun exposure cause most the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of again. Over time, the sun’s ultra violet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin- makes you think twice before laying out in the sun unprotected right?

When picking your sunscreen make sure you follow four these guidelines:

Broad Spectrum: Make sure your sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays and helps prevent skin cancer and sunburn.

SPF of 30 or higher. While SPF 15 is the FDA’s minimum recommendation for protection against skin cancer and sunburn, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert in the Drug Facts section of the label, which means the sunscreen will only prevent sunburn and will NOT reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging

Water Resistant (effective for up to 40 minutes in water) or Very Water Resistant (effective for up to 80 minutes in water). This means the sunscreen provides protection while swimming or sweating up to the time listed on the label.Sunscreen manufacturers now are banned from claiming that a sunscreen is “waterproof” or “sweat proof,” as the FDA has determined that those terms are misleading.Even when using a water-resistant sunscreen, you should reapply after getting out of the water or after sweating.

Contact our office if you have any further questions or if you are on the hunt for a great SPF 40 we carry TIZO2 sun screen in a tinted and non- tinted form. 949-548-9312