Summer sunscreen awareness!

Summer sunscreen awareness!

Basic skincare education is a lot more readily available these days thanks to social media. The foundation of all anti-aging is prevention. Which leads us to…sunscreen! Any good esthetician will preach the necessity of using a good sunscreen; do you know why? What does it even do? Do you know the proper way to apply it? What are the differences? I’m going to break it down for you in easy-to-digest words!

Chemical Sunscreen

Creates a chemical reaction when met with UV rays. The rays are converted into heat, which is then able to be expelled from the surface of your skin! A UV sponge.

Look for one of these ingredients:

  • Oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octocrylene

Need to know:  Tends to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white-cast. More water/sweat resistant. Wait at least 20 minutes for optimal absorption before hitting the rays!

Mineral Sunscreen

Creates a shield-like barrier on the surface of the skin. Similar to a mirror or pane of glass, this deflects the UV rays away from your skin!

Look for one of these ingredients:

  • Zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide

Need to know: Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin!

How much sunscreen should I apply?

Think of is as foundation, and evenly apply it all over it. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a full shot glass amount of SPF for your body, and a nickel sized amount for you face alone. Reapply every 90 minutes when actively in the sun.