Sun Care

Whether you are a sun worshipper or like to stay out of the sun, we all know too much sun is detrimental to skin health. UVA rays tend to penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, causing more long-lasting damage. These rays can cause the skin to age prematurely, leading to wrinkles and sagging over tattooed areas.

In sunscreen, SPF helps to block your skin from the sun’s radiation. The sun emits two types of radiation: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays contribute to the signs of aging in the skin, like wrinkles and sagging. UVB rays are more carcinogenic and often responsible for sunburns. You’re exposed to harmful radiation from the sun virtually anytime you’re outside or near a window that has sunshine. That radiation affects your skin even if you aren’t prone to sunburns. SPF works by extending your skin’s natural defenses against the sun’s rays. For example, an SPF of 15 provides about 15 times more protection than just your normal skin without sunscreen. An SPF of 50, then, would provide 50 times more protection than skin without sunscreen. Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen means it’s a type of sunscreen that will block out both UVA and UVB rays.

I have put together the best products to use after prolonged exposure to the sun and the most innovative sunscreens on the market.

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It always best to avoid high concentrations of vitamin C, alpha, and beta hydroxy acids with retinol to a much lower amount. Why do you ask? A high amount of these actives causes sensitivities and makes skin prone to photoaging. I recommend using a Zinc based sunscreen 15 percent zinc oxide or higher in intense sun climates and after the first application, wait 5 minutes. Next, reapply a tiny amount to the high points of the face. The points are the center of the forehead, apples of cheeks, and the nose and chin. Finally, reapply with a cushion compact such as Sculplla Repair Sun Cushion Hydrating Coverage compact with SPF 50.