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Sunscreen 101: Think Before You Slather

By July 24, 2017News

Not all sunscreens are created equal!
Here are some tips you should know before you purchase your next sunblock:

Mineral VS Chemical: There are 2 ways that a sunscreen can protect your skin from sun damage: with a mineral barrier or a chemical barrier. Mineral sunscreens usually include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including ; oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, methylisothiazolinone and parabens. These ingredients raise concerns because many are able to cross into your skin and other tissue in the body. You need to be aware that these chemicals may have the potential to disrupt hormones, cause many allergic reactions and raise health issues, especially in children.

Sun Exposure Benefits and Risks: Although mineral sunscreens are typically considered a safer option, we need to keep in mind that sun exposure in moderation is a good thing to avoid vitamin D deficiency, heart disease, and reduce risk of cancer. With all the information and mis-information about levels of SPF, the safest way to avoid sun damage or sunburns is to stay in the shade, wear a hat, and wear sun-protective clothing. Sunscreens protect against sunburn, but there is no evidence that they protect against basal cell carcinoma or melanoma. If sun exposure is a big concern for you and your family stay indoors between 10am and 2pm, to avoid the suns most burning rays.

Skin Health: Another important step to protecting your skin from sun damage is to focus on foods and healthy fats that support skin health. You can add supplements and antioxidants into your daily skin care routine such as vitamin C, vitamin D, coconut oil, cod-liver oil, and astaxanthin.

There’s so much to learn about safe sun exposure. At EspaceMD we carry a wonderful line of sunblocks that are safe and effective. If you have any questions, please reach out to our skin care experts through Facebook or Instagram.

Have a great and safe summer season!

-Gina Gagliano, Director and Medical Laser Expert, EspaceMD

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