It’s 2021. In this modern age, when facts are at our fingertips, just a Google search away, we are all intimately aware just how bad tanning is for our skin. Right? Well, apparently, we aren’t because “laying out” is still a thing for many people! Are you guilty of getting “some sun” or “color” because you think a little bit of sun won’t hurt?
We hate to be negative, but when it comes to your looks and how fast you are aging, your first concern should always be sun exposure. Without a doubt, the sun is truly your skin’s worst enemy. While you may think you are getting a nice glow, the sun is busy destroying your skin from within, attacking your skin cells with a vengeance by breaking down collagen and elastin and raising your risk of skin cancer. The sun is responsible for more than 90% of your skin’s aging. Lines, wrinkles, age spots, redness, large pores, loss of elasticity, uneven tone and dullness: All these common skin concerns are signs of sun damage, not aging!
Do you still like the idea of getting a little color? To help you age like the rock star you are, here are a few expert tips for sun protection.
Physical SPF is ALWAYS SUPERIOR to chemical sunscreen!
Chemical sunscreens are the worst! For starters, they don’t block or deflect UV rays, they let them penetrate the skin before they are chemically disabled, so to speak. Chemical sunscreens also hurt when they get into your eyes. We hate that! To protect your skin properly, we carry several amazing medical-grade sunscreens, all of which provide a physical barrier to the sun with ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Alastin® HydraTint is one of our best-selling sunscreens because it multi-tasks as a skin enhancer, formulated with antioxidants and a slight tinted glow that works on most skin types. You’ll actually look forward to putting this sunscreen on because it leaves your skin looking and feeling dewy and glowing! For oily skin types, SkinMedica® has created a mattifying formula you will love.
Wear sunscreen every day of the year! We are not kidding.
Contrary to popular belief, the sun can damage your skin any time of year, even in the winter months. The sun’s intensity is definitely weaker in the winter but can still do a lot of damage. UV rays travel through windows, too, so just because you’re in a car or inside a building, you are not necessarily in the clear. For these reasons, your best bet is applying an SPF you love every day of the year as part of your daily skin care/makeup routine. This is where we can help because we are obsessed with medical-grade sunscreens and can help you find the perfect formula for your skin!
Face and body sunscreen formulations are NOT interchangeable.
Be sure to invest in two types of sunscreen: one for your face only and one for the rest of your body. Sunscreens for the face are specially formulated for delicate facial skin and help to correct common concerns like oiliness, acne, uneven skin tone or dryness. Another key reason to invest in a facial formula is that body sunscreens may cause your face to break out!
Are you ready to enjoy gorgeous skin at every age? Protect your skin and stick with us! We are skin care pros who can’t wait to help your skin glow. To learn more about medical-grade skin care products, please call (703) 870-3844 or request a consultation online today.