How the Sun Affects Your Skin - Part I
As more and more of us are planning our summer vacations around fun in the sun, I think it is important to know exactly how the sun affects the skin.
The most common signs of sun damage include:
Leathery, Rough Texture
Tendency to Bruise Easily
Broken Blood Vessels
Bumps and Lumps
We classify the 3 most damaging sunrays as UVA, UVB and UVC. You can think of them this way,
A for Aging
B for Burning
C for Cancer (more that 350,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year alone).
While I am not suggesting that we all become hermits or monks and stay cloistered away in a dark space all day, I am suggesting that we practice safe sun and know what to do AND what to use to minimize the risk. That begins with the right sunscreen.
Beware – Not All Sunscreens Are the Same
Beware - A Higher SPF Number Does Not Necessarily Mean More Protection
As a professional skin care salon and spa, Spa Mizan recommends the SkinCeuticals line of sun protection which provides true medical grade broad spectrum sun protection. This line of sun protection is FDA approved and is only found in physician’s offices and medical spas. This revolutionary line of sun protection contains the patented ingredient, Z-Cote HP1 (zinc oxide). However, unlike the pasty white zinc oxide sunscreens of the past, these transparent sunscreens are cosmetically elegant and perfect for daily use. They are all-encapsulated, which means you get increased protection using fewer sunscreen ingredients, reducing the chances of irritation.
These sunscreens are available in light moisturizing creams with SPF 20 and SPF 30 as well as the new Sheer Physical SPF 50 which is available in a disappearing lotion. Oilier skin types love this.
You can learn more about these sunscreens and other SkinCeuticals products at www.skinceuticals.com or stop by to visit us and we will be happy to answer all of your skincare questions. See all of the sun care products available at Spa Mizan.
In the meantime, stay tuned for Part II of How the Sun Affects Your Skin in our next newsletter. Until then, stay sun-safe while you enjoy your fun in the sun.