UVA & UVB rays emitted by the sun penetrate unprotected skin and can damage it. Long term sun exposure to UVA & UVB contributes to premature aging, increases the risk of skin cancer and can lead to other skin problems such as dark spots and increased blood vessels.
We recommend a sunscreen with broad spectrum coverage (i.e., blocks both UVA & UVB rays). Most sunscreens block UVB rays, but many do not block UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and causes wrinkling. Both UVA & UVB rays contribute to the formation of skin cancers.
We recommend sunscreen that is at least SPF 15. To maximize benefits, sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and should be reapplied every few hours, more often if you are sweating or exposed to water. Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to be assured that you are properly protected (these block both UVA & UVB rays). Below are some sunscreens that we recommend:
- Melashade SPF30 (face) – excellent for the face, particularly those with oily complexions. Doesn’t sting the eyes, and is works very well under makeup.
- Antioxidant Facial Sunscreen SPF30 – contains both excellent sunscreen ingredients and topical antioxidants, so simultaneously prevents future damage from the sun and reverses sun damage already existing!
- All of the aforementioned products are carried in our office.