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  • Sunscreen: Facts, Tips, Tricks

    Annet KingHere in the west, we’re entering into summer, and you know what that means: fun in the sun – and more exposed skin in need of extra sun protection! But even for those entering into winter, protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays is still just as necessary! We skin therapists know this, but do your clients? Here are some easy tips to share with them for keeping skin protected from those ever harmful UV rays:

    Protect and Apply Sunscreen Liberally.
    It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen, make sure enough sunscreen is actually used, whether in direct sunlight or not. Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should. A teaspoon for the face and a shot glass for the body are needed, and re-apply every 2hrs. It is best to stay out of the midday sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon) whenever you can. Wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that absorb UV. Thanks to today’s sophisticated formulas and technology, you can select your sunscreen according to your skin condition or your lifestyle. Choose exactly what the skin needs, from oil free, matted formulas for oily skin, chemical free sunblock for sensitive skin, easy, waterproof sprays or protective wipes for the kids or a light booster with SPF to add to your favorite moisturizer.


    Soothe Over Exposed Skin
    Let’s face it: you forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough or got caught in a hot sunny spell. The damage is done but today we have access to super soothing botanicals and cooling after sun gels that help repair DNA damage, prevent peeling, reduce redness and heal inflammation. Apply generously over exposed skin at the first sight of a pink glow. And remember for next time- one blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma, so be sure to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or any skin change.

    Repair and Treat Sun Damage
    UV light causes photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin, a cascade of damage results, such as the stripping of barrier lipids (causing inflammation), the production of reactive oxygen molecules (which affect healthy cell growth), the stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes, the list goes on and on. So that tan may look pretty, but it indicates damage. Step up your regimen and bombard your skin with age fighting products and ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur to further protect it from the aging effects of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation.