There are numerous products out there that can make your skin look and feel better and many good habits that you can incorporate in your life to ensure your skin stays healthy. But there is ONE thing that is non-negotiable for skin health and beauty: SUNSCREEN. I still have clients that insist on getting a tan because it “makes them look better and younger.” I am a very open-minded individual and rarely insist on anything. But my opinion on this matter is one exception. Getting a tan now means looking much older later. Simple as that. Sun breaks down collagen and elastin, which are your skin’s main wrinkle fighters. UV rays also cause skin to hyperpigment and produce those ugly brown spots. Not to mention the risk of skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. And don’t be mistaken. Yes, you might just have to laser some bumps off your face and have some scarring to get rid of the cancer. But that is if you are lucky. More and more people are literally dying because they wanted to get a tan.
It is so simple to avoid these health risks and to prolong the beauty of your skin. Don’t ever step into a tanning bed! Wear your sunscreen!!! And wear it everyday! Yes – Vitamin D is great for you. But you only need a few minutes of sunlight a day to get your “fix.”
There are so many sunscreens out there. I’ve included information from Epicuren’s line of sunscreens below. There is one for everyone and every situation.
WHEN DOES MOST SUN DAMAGE OCCUR?
78% of all sun damage is caused during daily incidental, or minor exposure. The majority of harm occurs when you are not even thinking about it. Rain or shine, making sunscreen application a part of your daily routine will make a significant impact on your skin’s health while dramatically reducing visual premature aging. Remember to reapply often when enjoying the sun for extended time periods.
HOW DOES THE SUN AFFECT THE SKIN?
Ultra violet rays directly radiate tissues and damage DNA causing inflammation and collagen breakdown. This process inevitably results in premature wrinkles and aging. Use a sunscreen enhanced with antioxidants. Your skin’s health will be repaired and enhanced, while the SPF helps prevent further damage.
WHAT ARE UVA AND UVB?
UVA are the aging rays that penetrate the dermis, while UVB are the burning rays that cause more surface damage. Using broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection will help shield against both short term and long term damage.
WILL SUNSCREEN CLOG MY PORES?
Mineral sunscreen agents, like Zinc Oxide, and chemical sunscreen agents, such as Avobenzone, will not clog pores. When formulated properly, effective sunscreens are non-comedogenic and should actually care for your skin.
IF MY MAKEUP CONTAINS SUNSCREEN, DO I NEED TO WEAR ADDITIONAL SPF ON MY FACE?
Absolutely. The size of the pigment molecules in makeup is large. These large molecules prevent an even, solid layer of sunscreen coverage on the skin. Therefore, makeup with SPF does not provide adequate coverage.
ACTIVE SPORT TREAT SPF 30
This was my choice for beach weekends and water parks this summer. It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is enhanced with moisturizers and antioxidants. This is a very popular sunscreen with the surfers out in California.
SILK MIST SPF 15
If you are concerned about chemicals, this sunscreen is super because the chemicals are encapsulated in silk proteins, so they never get absorbed into your skin. The silk mist is also convenient because it is a spray-on. It has a nice waterborne base and a silky feel.
ZINC OXIDE SPF 20
This is a transparent, mineral protection sunscreen which contains Epicuren’s fabulous enzyme complex, rose hips and Vitamins A, C and E. Perfect for daily use.
X-TREME CREAM SPF 45
This is my favorite choice for everyday use because it also acts as my daily moisturizer and it adds a beautiful glow to my skin with a fabulous Brazilian Propolis and Olive Oil base. Helps prevent and calm sunburn, windburn and dry skin.