How Do I Find the Best Summer Sunscreens?
When summer comes, most people can’t wait to get outside and spend quality time in the sun. Whether you prefer the beaches, the trails, or relaxing in your own backyard or pool, there’s nothing quite like summertime. However, it’s important to remember that summer sunscreens should be just as essential to your day as sunglasses, bathing suits, and time with family and friends.
At our professional practice, we offer a range of skincare treatments and products, including our top-quality tinted physical sunscreen. Our sunscreen is specially formulated to offer optimal sun protection while keeping your skin soft and healthy. Along with our other skincare products, this sunscreen is the best way to complete your summer style.
What Makes a Good Sunscreen?
With so many sunscreen options available, it can be hard to choose a product that’s both effective at blocking harmful UV rays and good for your skin and body. There is a wide range of sunscreens available, from drugstore brands to high-end formulas, but the basics of sun protection include a few key features.
Firstly, every sunscreen’s main goal is to shield your skin from the sun’s UV and UVB rays. In order to accomplish this, the sunscreen formula most offer broad-spectrum coverage and a sun protection factor of at least 15. Our product is SPF 50+, estimated to block at least 98% of harmful rays. It provides lipid replenishment, which helps provide a stable barrier on the surface of the skin and regulates skin health and appearance.
In addition, good summer sunscreens are products you can wear all day long without regrets. Our product is created to naturally tint your skin and match your natural tone with lightweight coverage. It is appropriate for all skin tones, types, and sensitivities and won’t clog your pores or create acne breakouts. It can be used in and out of the water and, when used regularly, can prevent your skin from developing visible and invisible side effects of sun damage.
Why Is Sun Exposure Harmful to My Skin?
The sun offers many benefits for both mental and physical health, and everyone loves to spend a few hours basking in warm, golden sunlight. But doing so without sunscreen puts your skin’s health at risk and could lead to the development of various skin concerns. This is due to the fact that the sun emits UV and UVB rays, both of which are detrimental to your skin in large doses.
UV rays, also called UVA rays, are categorized as degenerative rays that break down your skin’s structure and accelerate the aging process. These rays can penetrate glass that is not treated to keep harmful rays out and may lead to the development of dark spots, discoloration, lines, wrinkles, and loose or sagging skin. UVB rays cause sunburn and are most dangerous when you are in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
How Do I Effectively Apply Sunscreen?
Even if you have the best sunscreen available, an inefficient application could expose you to the risks of sun damage. We recommend that you use sunscreen not just in the summer, but throughout the year. Our sunscreen is sheer enough to apply daily and can either be worn under makeup or in place of foundation or concealer, offering a daily shield from sun exposure.
Since good summer sunscreens are products you use each day, we suggest applying your sunscreen in the morning after washing your face and applying your normal skincare products but before makeup. You should squeeze a dime-sized portion of the product into your palm and dot the sunscreen on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.
You should rub the product into your skin with gentle, upward circular motions. Sunscreen should be rubbed into your jawline and down your neck. You may also wish to apply a small amount of product on your ears, especially if you plan to be outdoors. If you’ll be in direct sunlight for more than fifteen minutes, we recommend applying sunscreen to all exposed skin, reapplying every two hours, and applying fresh product immediately after swimming or sweating.
Do Spray Sunscreens Work?
Some summer sunscreens are in spray bottles. This application method is supposed to be easier and faster than traditional sunscreen, but it comes with several downsides. First, it’s almost impossible to know whether all exposed skin is sufficiently covered with sunscreen. You still need to rub the product in for it to be effective. Finally, spray sunscreen also presents an inhalation hazard, especially for children.
While these sunscreens can be used, we recommend rub-on sunscreens for most patients. These products are easier to apply and allow you to ensure that your skin is fully covered and protected with every use.
Should I Wear Sunscreen When the Weather Is Cloudy?
One of the biggest mistakes patients can make is thinking that their skin is safe from sun exposure when the weather is overcast or cloudy. Even when you can’t see the sun, experts estimate that at least 80% of UV and UVB rays can reach the surface of the earth through a thick cloud cover. This means that you should take care to apply your daily dose of sunscreen even when the weather is gray.
Is Tanning Safe?
Tan skin is a longstanding symbol of health, attractiveness, and vitality. While tanning can be done outdoors, people spend millions of dollars each year on tanning bed appointments and self-tanning products that can be used at home. You might assume that these artificial tanning methods are safer for your skin, but the truth is that even tanning with a lamp or tanning bed can permanently damage your skin.
Because artificial tanning uses UV rays to darken the skin, it can cause the same general skin concerns as regular sun exposure. Regular tanners are at risk for developing skin cancer, and each tanning session further impacts your skin’s overall health and outward appearance. The only skin-friendly way to tan is by using self-tanning products that contain natural ingredients.
Which Concerns Can Sunscreen Prevent?
Sun damage is estimated to contribute to over 90% of all common skin concerns, which means that a good sunscreen can prevent a number of issues if applied regularly.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
UV rays can destroy the vital building block proteins in the skin, including collagen and elastin. These proteins are responsible for keeping your skin firm, lifted, and wrinkle-free. However, sun damage can cause fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the skin to develop. In extreme cases, it can also cause skin laxity. These natural signs of aging can begin developing earlier and faster than the typical aging process due to UV ray damage.
As UV and UVB rays permeate the skin, cell-level protective measures can cause discoloration in the skin’s surface. You may notice that some areas are more melanated as dark spots appear in areas that have been exposed to sunlight. Sun damage could also cause the expansion of tiny veins in the skin, which could make your skin appear perpetually flushed or inflamed.
Sunburn is your body’s natural, short-term reaction to harmful sun exposure. In mild cases, your skin becomes pink or red and tender to the touch. In more severe cases, you may notice that your skin develops blisters in response to prolonged or intense sun exposure. Extreme dryness, peeling, and discomfort are all side effects of sunburn. The effects of sunburn could last several weeks and may involve long-term consequences.
The sun’s UV and UVB rays are classified as carcinogenic, which means that they can cause cancer in the skin that is routinely exposed without adequate protection. While skin cancer is a common concern, it can be serious and may spread to other areas of the body. Wearing sunscreen regularly and limiting your time in direct sunlight is your best way to keep your skin healthy and free from sun damage.
Who Should Use Sunscreen?
Sunscreen is recommended for every patient, regardless of age, skin color, or skin sensitivity. Sun protection is one of the most important steps you can take to preserve your skin’s health and appearance, and that’s why we offer a product that’s safe and effective for every patient. One of our experienced team members can answer any questions you may have about our sunscreen.
What Other Products Can Help Treat and Prevent Sun Damage?
At MD Beauty Labs, we don’t just offer a top-grade sunscreen. We have a broad selection of skincare products available for all skin types, ages, and skin concerns, and each of our products is created with your skin’s ultimate health in mind.
Benozoyal Peroxide 5% Gel
This benzoyl peroxide 5% gel product is perfect for patients with acne-prone skin. Created without common additives like solvents, oil, and fragrances, this gel can be applied to the skin for a powerful, cleansing treatment. It specifically targets the bacteria that cause some types of acne. When combined with our non-comedogenic sunscreen, this gel can help you manage your acne and decrease breakouts while protecting your skin from the sun.
Designed to nourish and hydrate for long-lasting refreshment, our ultra-hydrating serum can help treat post-sun dryness and prevent the development of signs of aging. This product includes hyaluronic acid and a range of antioxidants and minerals for a complete skin-smoothing effect.
Soothing Green Tea Mist
Our soothing green tea mist can be the perfect balm after a long day at the beach or park. When sprayed onto the skin, this product’s unique blend of antioxidants, green tea, and sea salt soothes your skin while eliminating oils and free radicals. This process can help improve your skin’s natural glow and moisturize while toning.
Brightening Vitamin C Serum
If your skin needs an extra boost after years of sun damage, our brightening vitamin C serum could be the product for you. This serum helps encourage collagen production, flushes your skin with moisture, and won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Over time, this product could help smooth and regulate your skin for a more vibrant and youthful final appearance.
Lip Mask With CBD
While most patients are focused on reversing sun damage on the face, neck, and chest, the lips can be damaged by harmful sun exposure as well. Our lip mask with CBD can deliver extravagant, pampering rejuvenation to your lips. This product is free from parabens and sulfates and can restore damaged lips to their original softness.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to learn more about our sunscreen or other skincare products, contact our team of experts at MD Beauty Labs in West Palm Beach, FL. We look forward to sharing more about our unique line of products and helping you reach your cosmetic goals!