Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is amazing as it regulates, protects, and covers our body.
What we have done in our early years, even childhood, affects how we will look as we grow older. Sun damage is the single most cause of wrinkles, dark pigmentation spots, break down of collagen and elastin, and aged skin.
As with health care, preventive maintenance now will make a difference in the repair process later. It is always easier to prevent than to repair.
The most important thing we can do for ourselves and our loved ones is provide sunscreen to be used in the morning and daily before heading outside.
There are two types of sunscreens available for consumers. The use of chemicals in sunscreen allow rays to enter the skin and be absorbed by the chemicals. Barrier sunscreens are formulated to cover the skin and the rays bounce off the skin. It takes 26 seconds for chemicals to enter our blood stream from those type of sunscreens, where there is no chemical absorption from barrier sunscreens. Each sunscreen should be applied as a step in our daily skincare routine. If outside, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2.5 hours and one-ounce per application. Chemical sunscreens should be applied until they are absorbed, barrier sunscreens are applied lightly and not absorbed.
Sunscreen will disintegrate without protection, so do not leave your sunscreen in a hot car or keep it for longer than a season or a year. Purchase new sunscreen before heading on a vacation or at the start of a new season.
Let's talk ingredients. Barrier sunscreens have titanium dioxide or titanium as the main ingredient. This ingredient used to be white when applied, now they go on clear. Fragrance is sometimes added to make the product more pleasing to buy, this can cause a reaction and skin sensitivity. We also see many products with SPF numbers over 32. Usually this means more undiluted ingredients have been added and does not make the product any better. It does mean more chemicals will enter the bloodstream, thus over 30 SPF is not necessary. There is also no product that is completely waterproof. Apply sunscreen before swimming or getting sun exposure, and do liberally during the outing.
IMAGE is a cosmeceutical brand that is only sold by professionals in the skincare business. IMAGE carries five types of moisturizers/sunscreens. IMAGE also carries a foundation with SPF 30 that may be used over sunscreen or by itself. CONCEAL foundation comes in six colors, and is recommended for coverage after treatments, to cover blemishes, aged skin, and for daily use. CONCEAL has great ingredients that are also useful for healing the skin.
If you have concerns or questions about sunscreens, please email me. I have a supply of safe and effective sunscreens available for sale at Ageless Face and Skin. Let us help you practice safe sun with IMAGE. Call 303.918.9693 to schedule a free 30-min skin care consultation.