Not all sunscreens are created equal. This is a fact indeed! Beware of the following when choosing your sunscreen:
* Is your sunscreen a broad spectrum? This means you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. The difference between these rays is great but remember both cause skin cancer. Just remember A for aging, UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage on a cellular level, these are the rays that cause aging. B is for burning, UVB rays are responsible for burning and tanning.
Read your labels carefully to make sure you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. The FDA only approves of four ingredients for broad spectrum protection: Zinc, titanium dioxide, ecamsule ( mexoryl SX and anthelios SX) and avobenzone (parasol 1789). Of these four only zinc and titanium dioxide are physical blocks which reflect rays away from the skin. And of these two only zinc oxide blocks UVA 1, UVA2, and UVB rays. Most zinc is micronized now so you won’t have a ghostly look. The bottom line is zinc is the most thorough ingredient for total blockage.
*Make sure your sunscreen is correct for your skin type or you may find yourself with unwanted break outs. For example if you are oily your aesthetician may choose a sunscreen with niacinamide and azelaic acid to control blemishes and oil. If your skin is dry or rosecea prone a sunscreen with niacinamide and hyaloronic acid may be more suitable.
*Fight the aging effects of the sun with antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect against free radicals that can age and damage skin. Furthermore, research has shown that when combined with sunscreen, antioxidants may also boost the effectiveness of active sunscreen ingredients.
This months recommendations: Elta MD clear for oily/acne prone skin Elta MD daily for normal/dry skin. Both contain micronized zinc and niacinamide. SkinCeuticals topical vitamin C serums for antioxidant protection.
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