May is Melanoma Awareness Month, making it a great time to revisit your sun-care habits and make adjustments where necessary.
In addition to getting your annual skin check with a dermatologist, wearing sunscreen every day is by far the most effective and easiest way to prevent the most common and deadliest forms of skin cancer.
This is also the best way to look younger for longer. By wearing sunscreen, you prevent signs of aging that are brought on by sun exposure, such as fine lines and brown spots.
The Sunscreen You Choose and How You Apply it Matter
When it comes to ensuring you are getting proper sun protection, the sunscreen you buy and how you apply it are both critical.
Follow These Benchmarks for Proper Sunscreen Application:
- Wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather and season.
- Apply sunscreen to all sun-exposed skin, not just your face.
- Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if you are going to have prolonged sun exposure. We recommend touching up with a brush-on powder sunscreen throughout the day — it’s portable, mess-free, and keeps your makeup in place!
You’re doing your future self a big favor by integrating these habits into your daily life!
In addition to the practices above, refer to our checklist below for five things to look for in a sunscreen to make sure you’re protecting your skin as well as you can.
1. Sunscreen Should Be SPF 30 or Higher
We recommend that you choose a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 30 or higher.
This is part of the reason why most makeup products containing sunscreen do not deliver sufficient sun protection on their own — they usually contain lower SPF levels.
The formulation of a proper sunscreen product is also critically different to other cosmetics that claim to offer sun protection.
We recommend using makeup containing SPF as an additional layer of protection, not as your primary sunscreen.
2. Sunscreen Should Be Broad Spectrum
In addition to listing an SPF of 30 or higher, you want to ensure your sunscreen is labeled as broad spectrum.
This means that the formulation protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
It’s critical that your sunscreen blocks both of these forms of ultraviolet rays, in order to effectively combat both the signs of aging and the risk of skin cancer.
3. Sunscreen Should Be Non-Comedogenic
We all want a sunscreen that works with our skincare goals, not against them.
This is why you want to make sure your sunscreen is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog your pores.
Check for this term on the label or ask your dermatologist or aesthetician to make sure your sunscreen doesn’t contain pore-clogging ingredients that may lead to conditions such as breakouts and enlarged pores.
4. Sunscreen Should Absorb Into Your Skin
Because you want to wear it every single day, you’ll want to find a sunscreen that absorbs into your skin and doesn’t leave a chalky residue that might tempt you to skip the SPF.
“It would ruin my makeup” is no excuse to overlook this step in your beauty routine, especially with the sunscreen products available today.
For retouching throughout the day, we recommend Colorescience’s Sunforgettable brush-on powder sunscreen. This award-winning, broad-spectrum sunscreen is available in SPF 30 and 50 and comes in sleek, purse-friendly packaging that you’ll remember to take with you everywhere you go!
We are offering 25% off all sunscreen products from these brands for #MelanomaAwarenessMonth, so be sure to stop by the office or call 337-235-6886 before May 31st to purchase.
5. Sunscreen Should Contain Quality Ingredients
We also love the brands listed above because they pass our high standards for quality ingredients to look for in a sunscreen product.
These products were made for dermatologists and our patients, formulated with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that have been proven to be good for your skin.
When you use dermatologist-recommended skincare products, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re doing your best to protect your skin!
Get 25% Off Our Favorite Sunscreen Products in May
In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we’re offering 25% off all sunscreen products!
Choose from any of our favorite medical-grade skincare lines, including Revision Skincare, EltaMD, Obagi, SkinMedica, and Colorescience.
Offer valid this month only: call 337-235-6886 or stop by the office to stock up on sunscreen in time for the summer!
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