Sunscreen, sunblock or “SPF” which stands for Sun Protection Factor can come in a lotion, spray, or gel and is used to absorb or reflect the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays to protect against sunburn. There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect sunlight off the skin’s surface so they uv rays aren’t absorbed into the skin (Zinc Oxide or Titanium dioxide). Chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays (Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Helioplex, etc).
A broad spectrum sunscreen is important because it protects against the UVA (the aging ray) and UVB (the burning ray). It is important to reapply your sunscreen because after two hours it becomes less effective causing your skin to become vulnerable again. If reapplying SPF and make up sounds like too much of an inconvenience then I’d recommend a mineral power SPF like – Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Power SPF 30. (http://www.secure-booker.com/correctiveskincare/ShopOnline/Product/1893843/PTR-Instant-Mineral-Powder-SPF-30)
Wearing sunscreen is anti-aging by default because it is protecting your skin from the “UVA” rays which penetrate to a deeper layer of the skin affecting the skins collagen and elasticity causing wrinkles and sagging skin. Dark spots/sun-spots/pigmentation can also be controlled by wearing sunscreen diligently.
Personally, I use Peter Thomas Roth Ultra lite SPF 30 because it doesn’t clog my pores and adds a little bit of moisture back into my skin. (http://www.secure-booker.com/correctiveskincare/ShopOnline/Product/1891226/PTR-Ultra-Light-Sunscreen-SPF-30) For patients who don’t like to feel moisturized and would like more of the matte finish- I recommend Peter Thomas Roth Uber dry which goes on very light and doesn’t make you feel greasy. (http://www.secure-booker.com/correctiveskincare/ShopOnline/Product/1891228/PTR-Uber-Dry-Sunscreen-SPF-30).
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