Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in the United States? One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer and, unfortunately, this number keeps rising due to decreased ozone layer protection and increased ultraviolet light exposure from the sun and tanning beds.
We recommend you wear sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30 or higher, every day, not only to protect you from skin cancer, but also to protect you against aging your skin and developing wrinkles from sun exposure. Choosing the right sunscreen can be a daunting task, so how do you choose, given so many options and brands?
Let’s talk about what it is and how it works!
There are two types of UV light that harm the skin. UVB rays tend to damage the outer layers of the skin, where the most common forms of skin cancer occur. They are the main cause of sunburn and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the dermis, aging the skin. Exposure will cause wrinkles and age spots.
SPF (Sun Protective Factor) is a measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from UVB rays. SPF is calculated based on how long it takes skin treated with sunscreen to burn, compared to untreated skin.
Sunscreen works by combining organic and inorganic active ingredients. Physical Sunscreen works like a shield; it sits on the surface of your skin, reflecting UV rays. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Chemical Sunscreen works as a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. This type of sunscreen tends to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue.
Consider the different applications. If you have dry skin, you might prefer a cream — especially for your face. Lotions are preferred for use on large areas. Lotions tend to be thinner and less greasy than creams. Gels work best in hairy areas, such as the scalp or chest. Sticks are useful when applying sunscreen around the eyes and sprays are the easiest to apply on children.
When heading out into the hot South Florida sun, apply a generous layer of sunscreen daily and protect your largest organ.
Come over to Miami Beach Laser And Aesthetics and pick up your sunscreen today! 305-610-8284