Slather on the Sunscreen

It’s mid summer. And if you’re like me, I’m noticing the days are not as long, yet the pool, trampoline and summer camps continue to beckon. So I religiously continue to pack sunscreen for every outing. 

If you’ve previously come in for a consult, you’ve heard us say SUNSCREEN many times! If you have your favorite, check the ingredients to ensure it contains ZINC OXIDE and TITANIUM DIOXIDE. These two ingredients create a PHYSICAL BLOCK from the sun, effectively protecting our skin against the sun. Sunscreen which relies on chemicals break up and scatter the UVA and UVB rays. Not so desirable if you’re trying to prevent photoaging. And prevention is key in keeping our skin as youthful as possible. 

Research shows that 80% of aging is photo aging, so 
it’s worthwhile to be diligent about sunscreen and building it into your daily routine. Sun is top of mind now, but even in the midst of our gray PNW winters, UV rays seep through the clouds to break down our collagen. 

A few more things to consider:

  • If you have acne prone or oily skin, opt for an oil free sunscreen so it won’t clog pores.
  • When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your eyes. Test and find a sunscreen that’s gentle enough and doesn’t irritate. We love EltaMD Elements, which is both oil free, and gentle around eyes.
  • Don’t overlook applying sunscreen on the décolletage and hands. We want to keep these areas looking just as youthful as our faces.

As you can tell, we are huge proponents of sunscreen. However the NYT article, Should Black People Wear Sunscreen?, highlights that there hasn’t been research about sunscreen done on black skin. We always encourage people to continue doing your own research to determine what’s best for your own skin type and situation. 

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