Are you protecting yourself from the sun daily? If not, you should be!

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Are you protecting yourself from the sun daily? If not, you should be!

Sunscreen is the most important element of any daily skin care regimen. The Ultra Violet (UV) rays from the sun cause more damage to the skin than any other environmental factor.  Sun damage is cumulative and starts at a very early age. Even small amounts add up over time.

The effects of sun exposure include but are not limited to:

  • Dark spots and freckles
  • Dry and rough skin
  • Weakening/Reduction of the elastic fibers in the skin
  • Damage of connective tissue
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Broken capillaries on the face
  • Skin Cancer

The dark spots and freckles we begin to see in our 20’s and 30’s are a result of sun exposure during childhood and teenage years.  While we can’t turn back the clock, we can prevent further damage by wearing sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy and overcast.

There are two different types of sunscreen:  physical and chemical.  Physical sunscreens deflect the sun’s rays and chemical sunscreens absorb them.  Physical sunscreens include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and are commonly found in drug store brands.  Chemical sunscreens come in many forms, most commonly:  oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.  While these are chemicals, they are safe, and when it comes to sun protection, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

With skin cancer rates steadily on the rise, it’s never too late to start using sunscreen.  Daily sun protection is essential for skin health and by wearing sunscreens that combine physical and chemical ingredients you can easily obtain maximum UV protection.

Reapplication of sunscreen is also important, particularly when in direct sunlight for extended periods of time and after physical activity or sweating.

We offer a wide range of sunscreens for all skin types, as well as Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, which also contains UV protection.

Come see us at Golden Gate Skin Center today!

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