It’s that time of year when you need to be extra aware of slathering on your sun protection. But you don’t have to settle for sticky and oily products. Advancements in research have created a new generation of sunscreens.
Minerals sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Until recently, physical mineral based sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) have been the awkward and chalky sibling to their chemical counterparts (avobenzone, parsol 1789, dioxybenzone, oxybenzone). New formulations are seeing great refinements in their wearability.
If you’ve been using Colorescience’s ever popular Sunforgettable SPF30- it now comes in 50. In order to get your anti-oxidant protection, use a professional vitamin C serum every morning under your moisturizer.
The addition of antioxidants into formulations helps to radically reduce oxidative stress to the skin. Dermalogica was ahead of the game in this area when they introduced UV Smart Booster technology into their sunscreens about four years back. When UV radiation comes into contact with the skin, encapsulated vitamins C and E burst, bathing the the skin in free-radical quenching anti-oxidants- effectively minimizing the damage that sunscreens cannot entirely shield against. Pro-Derm’s SPF 60 formulation contains emblica aka Indian gooseberry for it’s anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Have you read recently to put your sunscreen aside in order to get vitamin D? Given that skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer, I wouldn’t heed that advice. Here’s a great article from the Dermal Institute that gives you the low down on vitamin D and sunscreens.
Come in to Spruce Body Lab this week to try out some of Dermalogica’s new sunscreen formulations. We have a special skin bar set up for your to touch and feel to find out which one suits you the best.