Sunscreen

Welcome to the SADC blog and happy summer solstice! Now that summer is officially here and we are enjoying our time in the sun, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of us to use our sunscreen. Sunscreen and moisturizer are best and simplest ways to keep your skin healthy and looking its best. The job of your sunscreen is to block the harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer and wrinkles. However, not all sunscreens are equal.

The best sunscreens block both UV A and UV B (these are labeled broad spectrum sunscreen). Both UV A and UV B exposure can lead to skin cancer, wrinkles and photoaging.  There are two main types of sunscreen: chemical blockers or physical blockers. Physical blockers are more effective than chemical blockers, but in the past they were less appealing to use. Remember the thick white or crazy colored zinc oxide from the 80s? Luckily, these types of sunscreens are much more user friendly now- they go on lightly, feel much better, and even come tinted if you would like a fake tan (the only way to tan says your dermatologist!).

Our favorite sunscreen at SADC is EltaMD. Chemical sunscreens are also effective and easy to apply, and are generally PABA-free to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. The other basic rules of sunscreen are use SPF 30 or above, use enough and reapply every 2 hours. And don’t forget the back of your ears, your feet, and for some of you, the top of your head….for additional information about sunscreens and preventing skin cancer, we suggest the American Academy of Dermatology (www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/prevent/how-to-select-a-sunscreen). From the team at Savola Aesthetic Dermatology Center, have a safe and happy summer!