Debbie BernheimDid you know that up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun? The following are some proactive ways you can enjoy being outside and still feel like you are protecting your skin!

UVA = Aging Rays/Long Term Skin Damage/Breakdown of Collagen & Cells/Hyperpigmentation and Loss of Elasticity
UVB = Burning Rays

An SPF 30 sunscreen is not double the UVB protection of a SPF 15 –

  • SPF 15 blocks 92% UVB
  • SPF 30 blocks 97% UVB
  • SPF 50 blocks 98.5% UVB

Intermittent UV exposure over a lifetime adds up and is believed to contribute to certain skin cancers and premature aging of the skin, things like:

  • Walking to and from your car
  • Walking the dog
  • Raking the leaves

Most dermatologists recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. It is important to reapply every 3 to 4 hours and more often if you are in and out of the water, toweling off & sweating! Remember, sunscreens are not water-proof. They may be water resistant and may last up to 40 minutes in water. Very water resistant may last up to 80 minutes in water. It is important to wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day, as only 20% of ultraviolet rays are blocked by clouds.

Many of our sunscreens are:

  • Paraben free
  • Fragrance free
  • Gluten free
  • Animal testing free
  • Ecocert certified

Our products utilize three types of ingredients to provide effective UV protection.

  • Physical Block: Reflects Ultra Violet Light to prevent skin damage. Key Ingredient is Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide
  • Chemical Block: Absorb and neutralize ultra violet light. Key Ingredients are Homosalate & Octisalate
  • Some sunscreens may also have anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients in them to help treat sun damage.

Here at The Center for Dermatology Care, we want you to enjoy the outdoors in a way that protects your skin. We offer a variety of sunscreens to fit the needs of our patients. Debbie, our esthetician is a great resource for answering your sunscreen questions and needs.

Give us a call at (805) 497-1694 to find out which sunscreen is best for you!