By now, we all know spending too much time in the sun can increase risk for both skin cancer (the most common of all cancers) and premature skin aging. But even those of us with the best intentions can make mistakes when it comes to sunscreen. And while applying sunscreen should never be restricted to summer alone, the hot sun makes the summer an especially important time to remember to protect your skin!
1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.
2. Sun protection decreases the development of skin cancer. In fact, cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017 (skincancer.org).
3. By protecting your skin, this slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.
There are many sunscreens on the market that can be classified into two categories: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin and absorb UV rays to protect the skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens also use chemical UV filters. Physical sunscreens, those that only use zinc and/or titanium as their UV filters, are commonly called "sunblock" because they prevent UV radiation from reaching the skin. Sunblock sits on top of the skin and reflects the UV rays away.
Check the expiration date when buying! It is strongly recommended to stay away from expired sunscreen. Expired sunscreen has literally fallen apart, so the formulation no longer works as a sun protectant. In addition, you may experience changes in the color and consistency of the product. Skin irritation may occur from an expired product.
Hand & Stone offers a variety of results driven, multitasking options for sun protection. ClarityRx Skin Defense SPF30 is a naturally moisturizing, FDA-approved, broad spectrum sunscreen which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Nourishing safflower and sunflower oils simultaneously moisturize and condition the skin, promoting a healthy glow and feel.
For clients with acneic or problematic skin, Dermalogica® Oil Free Matte SPF30 offers UVA & UVB protection in a lightweight lotion. This product also absorbs excess oil from the skin’s surface and prevents shine with an all day matte finish. There is also Dermalogica® Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 which is a broad spectrum SPF moisturizer that helps to minimize skin aging triggers with long-lasting sun protection. This product can be used as a daily moisturizer for year-round protection against sun damage and free radicals. Dynamic Skin Recovery encourages elasticity, enhances skin’s protection, improves collagen production and protects against harmful UV rays.
Remember, a sunburn can happen in just a matter of minutes! Make sure to protect your skin every day using one of the multi-tasking, broad spectrum products sold at a Hand & Stone near you.
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