Summer Sun Care For Your Skin
Summer is a time when you are often outdoors and exposed to the sun. You probably know that you need protection from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, but how much do you need? Are there some products that are better than others?
Sadrian Plastic Surgery in San Diego offers guidance for choosing and applying the right sunscreen as well as tricks and tips for keeping your skin healthy. With the help of Sadrian Plastic Surgery, you can look your best all year long!
Choosing the Right Sunscreen
Sunscreens work in two ways: by scattering the sun’s light before it reaches your skin or by absorbing ultraviolet rays. In the past the SPF or sun protection factor was the only thing you needed to concern yourself with, and SPF was marked clearly with a number such as 15, 30 or even 70. The higher the number, the greater the degree of protection.
Now, however, studies have shown that SPF protects only against UVB rays and not UVA rays. Some experts believe that UVA rays are actually responsible for about 90 percent of all wrinkles and other skin changes over time due to exposure to the sun.
Therefore, it is not enough to simply choose a sunscreen with a high SPF. It is wise to find one that is labeled “broad spectrum,” which means it protects against more than one type of radiation and offers other protections as well. At a minimum, you should look for:
- SPF 15 or higher UVB protection. The SPF number multiples the number of minutes it will take you to burn. In other words, if you have very fair skin and burn in ten minutes, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will give you 300 minutes of protection from burning. However, a higher number does not mean a stronger sunscreen; the benefits of applying SPF 15 and SPF 30 are about the same in terms of strength. SPF 30 simply lasts longer.
- UVA protection. Manufacturers are not yet required to rate their sunscreens based on UVA protection, so you must look for ingredients such as ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone or zinc oxide.
- Water or perspiration resistance. Water-resistant sunscreen is still effective after 40 minutes in the water. It pays to reapply after swimming or exercising, even if your sunscreen says it is “waterproof.”
- Kid-friendly sunscreens. If you have allergies or rosacea, a condition in which the skin becomes red, you may benefit from looking at the children’s sunscreens, which tend to avoid irritating ingredients.
Other Ways to Protect Your Skin
Try a moisturizer under your makeup with an SPF of 15 as well as hand cream with a high SPF. These little things will help you avoid regular damage to your skin when you are not at the pool or beach.
Contact Sadrian Plastic Surgery Center in San Diego for more information on how to make your skin look great!