Did you know May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? Since healthy skin and total body wellness are our top priorities at Semblance Medspa, we want to take this opportunity to share some sunscreen and SPF advice you may not know. After all, the more you know, the better you can maintain healthy, beautiful skin and, most importantly, minimize your risk of skin cancer.
The biggest piece of advice we share with all our clients is to apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen EVERY DAY. That’s right! Damaging UV rays can reach your skin even through car windshields and glass typically used for house and building windows. Those same rays can penetrate clouds and can still cause damage in the winter months. No matter the season, the weather or if you’re indoors or outdoors, applying sunscreen every day can make a big difference in your skin cancer risk AND in the overall health and appearance of your skin.
Many people don’t know that 90% of skin aging is caused by sun exposure over time. We actually have a great deal of control over how soon and how noticeably our skin shows signs of aging! With that in mind, here are three tips for getting the best results with medical-grade sunscreens:
1. Physical sunscreens are the superior choice.
At Semblance Medspa, you can find a variety of medical-grade physical sunscreens by brands including SkinMedica®, skinbetter science® and Revision Skincare®.
Physical (also known as mineral) sunscreen uses physical UV-blockers, instead of chemicals, to protect skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Physical blockers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide function as physical barriers to keep the sun’s rays from penetrating and damaging the skin. This method is superior to chemical sunscreens for a few reasons. They keep the sun from penetrating the dermis at all, unlike chemical sunscreens, which let the rays penetrate the skin before chemically disabling them. Another strong reason is that the scientific community is still not sure about the safety of chemical sunscreens and how they affect the environment.
2. Medical-grade sunscreens use clinically proven ingredients.
Many people don’t like the idea of wearing sunscreen all the time because they think of sunscreen as being sticky or leaving a visible white residue. That’s what you can expect with most drugstore brands, but medical-grade formulas are actually designed to improve the look of your skin and work with any skin type, whether yours is oily, dry, combination or sensitive! Clinically proven sunscreens are full of replenishing antioxidants, which protect skin from environmental stressors as well as infrared-generated free-radicals, which contribute to premature skin aging.
With results-driven ingredients like peptides, these advanced products work not only to protect skin from the sun but also to enhance your skin’s health and appearance for the long term.
3. Medical-grade sunscreen helps your skin LOOK great, too.
Medical-grade products may be pricier than drugstore SPFs, but they are well worth the investment. That’s because sunscreens formulated by the experts at skin care lines like SkinMedica, skinbetter science, Revision Skincare and others are based on years of scientific and dermatological research. These products use advanced formulations designed to protect skin while enhancing the look and health of your skin, all at once.
Ready to invest in beautiful, healthy skin for the long term while reducing your risk of skin cancer? Our team is ready to help! Learn more about medical-grade skin care by calling 518-363-6430 today or requesting a personal consultation online.