(because great skin isn’t cancelled)
Sunscreen has come a long way from white streaks and sticky hands. While SPF has always been essential to prevent a dreadful sunburn at the beach (ouch!), protecting your skin from sun exposure is also the #1 way to fight the visible signs of aging – and yes, even under your facial mask.
Excessive sun damage and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds cause wrinkles, pigmentation, laxity, and even skin cancer. Regardless of your age or skin type, you should apply sunscreen every single day to maintain a youthful appearance. Even if you’re planning to stay inside, ultraviolet rays from the sun can penetrate the windows in your car, office, and home and cause premature aging – yikes!
At Larson Medical Aesthetics, we have two rules for sunscreen: Broad Spectrum + SPF 30 or higher. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays (responsible for aging and burning) and SPF 30 only allows three percent of these rays to your skin. Key to success: Reapply one ounce of sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Lastly, I’m always asked which type of sunscreen is best and my answer is always the same – the one you’ll actually wear! Find a formula you like and stick with it – we have over five types from sheer to spray to tinted. Pop by one of our three clinics or call to chat with a skin expert about which sunscreen is the best fit for you! Just remember – SPF is 100% essential for great skin.
– Dr. Caitlin Schwartz, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C