Updated: Apr 3
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, you still have to wear sunscreen during this quarantine! Sunscreen has evolved over the years into an everyday necessity for everyone...even you. Everyone knows about the damage caused by UV rays from the sun, but did you know that there are also harmful HEV rays coming from smartphone, tablet and computer screens? Your computers and phones are aging you! Don’t worry though, you don’t have to give up your devices. You do however need to get yourself a good broad spectrum SPF.
Not all sunscreens are created equally, so you should identify your personal needs before you shop. For instance, are you an outdoorsy kinda guy or gal? Will you be swimming or breaking a decent sweat? If you are being socially distant outside, then I recommend a higher SPF that is water resistant such as Elta MD UV Sport SPF 50. My family and I took a trip to Walt Disney World this past October and it was downright swampy, but we used and reapplied our Elta MD Sport every 80 minutes and never had to worry about burning. If the great outdoors isn't your jam, and you plan on hunkering down in front of a computer, TV, or your phone, then you’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen a sun protection product that blocks HEV light. Many newer formulations include this technology, but two of my favorites are Skin Better Science Sun Better Compact, and SkinMedica Essential Defense (Pro tip: SkinMedica purchases will earn you Brilliant Distinctions points.) If you aren't sure where you'll be spending your socially distant time then ZO Sunscreen + Primer is a great choice for you. This sunscreen covers all your bases: UVA, UVB, HEV, Water resistant up to 80 minutes and it even blocks IR-A (infra red) light! Other considerations you may have are tinted VS. non tinted, smell and texture.
It's also important to know how and when to properly apply your sunscreen. It should be your last step in the morning before applying makeup (if you wear makeup). Some women, who aren't looking for coverage, choose to use their tinted sunscreen as their base makeup. Many ask, "What if my moisturizer or makeup has an SPF built into it?" As long as the SPF is 30 or better you should be fine, you'll need to think about reapplication. You should reapply every 2 hours or every 80 minutes if you are swimming or sweating. If you are wearing makeup then you know the struggle is real! A great way to reapply without messing up your fine artistic work is using a powder SPF Like Colorscience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen. Apply your SPF evenly and liberally over your whole face being cautious around the eyes, because sunscreen in the eyes stings like the dickens! Whatever your lifestyle or preferences, there is a perfect sun (or light) protection product for you!
All of the products mentioned in my post can be purchased at Stephen P. Beals, MD Skin and Laser Center. Follow the link: www.bealsmd.com to find the brand of your choice. To purchase products that don't allow online ordering, you can either stop by the office or if you are out of the area, order over the phone and we'll ship them out to you.
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