Protect Your Skin!

It finally feels like spring is here! It’s warm enough to dig the shorts and sundresses from the back of our closets and spend afternoons basking in the sun. Most San Diegans live for this type of weather, and after the wet winter we’ve had it feels like everyone is dying to feel that sunshine on their skin.

Before you head out the door, though, make sure you’re protecting your skin! Spring sunshine doesn’t feel as intense as summer sunshine, and it’s easy to think you can forego SPF for the afternoon. Don’t forget how much damage that can do! In addition to the obvious discomfort of a burn, sun exposure can also lead to premature aging, discoloration, and a higher risk of skin cancer.

Here are some quick reminders about how to be skin-safe as we head into our favorite time of the year! (While you should definitely be wearing sunscreen year-round, it seems especially important to remind our readers now that we’re likely to spend more time in the sun.)

  1. Higher SPF is not always better! You should be good with SPF 30 as long as you reapply after swimming, sweating, or just being in the sun for a couple of hours.
  2. The SPF in your makeup is not enough to protect your face. It’s a great protection booster, but you should not consider that enough on its own.
  3. Make sure your SPF is broad spectrum and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  4. Don’t neglect your neck and chest. These can also be easily sun damaged and will show signs of aging as quickly as your face.

Talk to your esthetician about which sunscreen you should be using on sensitive skin like your face. At Wax Me Boutique, we have hand-selected our favorite face sunscreens to keep your skin safe without undoing all of the work you do by caring for your skin daily.

What SPF should you be wearing?

The higher the SPF, the more protected you are, right? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. Anything higher than that isn’t going to make a major impact. In fact, wearing a higher SPF may subconsciously make you feel more protected and keep you from reapplying as often as you should.

Estheticians recommend SPF 30 for daily use. This will keep you protected, especially when supplemented with limited sun exposure, protective clothing for your body and face, and reapplying sunscreen every two hours when you are spending time outdoors.

So, what is truly important when buying sunscreen? First, make sure that the label says “broad spectrum”. This will ensure that you are protected from UVA rays, which cause wrinkles, dark spots and premature aging, as well as UVB rays. You can also check the ingredient for the following: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone. These are UVA-blocking ingredients that will protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Finally, make sure you are using the sunscreen every day! Just because it’s winter or you’re just going to be in an office all day doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen. UV rays penetrate clouds and reflect off snow, so even the bleakest day presents a danger. These rays also penetrate windows – all the time spent in your car really adds up on your skin if you’re not protecting it.

Sunscreen isn’t the thick, greasy formula it used to be. If you are reading this thinking that you would wear sunscreen if only you didn’t hate the feeling of it, you need to update your product! Talk to your esthetician to get the right formula for you. The latest sunscreen is light and absorbs easily into the skin without causing clogged pores. Once you’ve found a sunscreen you like, keep in mind that most sunscreen will expire after three years. Make sure you throw it out after that time as its effectiveness will have decreased. Also, keep sunscreen stored in cool places and make sure not to leave it in your car on a hot day. The heat will also change the chemical makeup and make the formula less effective.

All PCA Skin Broad Spectrum sunscreens are approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation for either daily or active use. Each of our sunscreen products also contain antioxidants such as caffeine and silybin, for ultimate protection. Available at Wax Me Boutique!