Let's Talk Sunscreen

The sun is in the sky 365 days a year so let’s examine what sunscreen really is and why it is so important so include in your daily routine…especially during summer months (but really, all year round!)

What is sunscreen?
Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen physical ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium oxide reflect or scatter ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Chemical ingredients like avobenzone or oxybenzone absorb UV radiation, dissipating it as heat. Source: SkinCancer.org and U.S. Food and Drug Administration

What is the SPF value?
SPF (sunburn protection factor) indicates the UVB/sunburn protection provided by sunscreen. The SPF value indicates the level of sunburn protection provided by the sunscreen product by determining the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure it takes to cause sunburn when a person is using a sunscreen in comparison to how much UV exposure it takes to cause sunburn when they do not use a sunscreen. Higher SPF values provide greater sunburn protection. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

What is broad-spectrum?
The broad-spectrum test measures a product’s ultraviolet A (UVA) protection relative to its ultraviolet B (UVB) protection. Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures. Non-broad-spectrum sunscreens and broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF below 15 can only claim to help prevent sunburn. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Why is zinc oxide important?
Zinc oxide blocks UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays that have been linked to photoaging and skin cancer. Zinc oxide is a natural mineral that is safe even on the most sensitive skin, including post-procedure skin and even that of children 6 months or older.

What to look for in sunscreen…
Sunscreens that are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. Because zinc maintains its protective ability in the sun, it is more photostable than some chemical ingredients that may degrade. PCASkin & EltaMD broad-spectrum sunscreens help protect skin against burning, sun-induced early skin aging and risk of skin cancer.

What makes PCASkin Sunscreen a favorite at New Life Laser?

PCASkin & EltaMD use the highest standards of excellence when it comes to sun protection. All PCASkin & EltaMD sunscreen products protect from both UVA & UVB rays while providing extra antioxidant protection.


Tips and Tricks:

  • Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin.
  • Apply liberally and evenly to all exposed skin. The average adult in a bathing suit should use approximately one ounce of sunscreen per application. Not using enough will effectively reduce the product's SPF and the protection you get.
  • Be sure to cover often-missed spots: lips, ears, around eyes, neck, scalp if hair is thinning, hands, and feet.
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