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Top Five Sunscreen Misconceptions
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to pay special attention to daily sunscreen application. As a self-proclaimed “Casper”, I take sunscreen very seriously. (I have to if I don’t want to turn into a lobster after 20 minutes in the California sun.) Even though most people aren’t as pale as I am, everyone should treat their skin as if it were as sensitive to the sun as mine. Why? Although your skin may not exhibit the redness of sun damage, the damage is still occurring.
Just like the belief that no redness means no damage, there are a lot of other misconceptions surrounding sunscreen moisturizers. Here’s a quick look at the top five sunscreen misconceptions and the truth surrounding them.
SPF 30 + SPF 20 = SPF 50
Mixing or layering skin care products with SPF ratings does not create a higher SPF. Your protection against the sun’s rays is only as strong as the strongest SPF applied. That means if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF 30, a moisturizer with an SPF 15, and a foundation with an SPF 8, your protection will still be an SPF 30.
Side Note: Did you know that an SPF 30 gives only 2% more protection than an SPF 15? The higher rating is still superior, but you shouldn’t worry if you end up using a lower SPF when a higher one isn’t available.
More is Better
A higher SPF rating is not necessarily better. SPF ratings refer only to the protection provided against UVB rays, even though the skin also needs to be protected from UVA rays (the “aging rays” that cause visible signs of aging such as skin wrinkles) and free radicals. Therefore, it’s important to choose a broad-spectrum sunblock that features a good SPF, antioxidants, and ingredients that block UVA rays. The FDA is currently working on a rating revision that will provide a better idea of how much protection a formula truly provides.
No Sun, No Damage
Even if the sun is nowhere in sight, it’s pesky UV rays can still damage your skin! Sunscreen should be worn year round, regardless of weather conditions. Damage is just as likely to occur in winter while you’re driving in your car as it is in summer while you’re playing on the beach. So, don’t skimp just because of clouds, rain, or even shade.
Baby Sunscreen is for Babies
Ok, so baby sunscreen is technically for babies, but did you know that baby sunscreen formulations are almost identical to adult formulations? Separate sunscreens for babies, children and adults are mostly marketing schemes designed to make you, the consumer, buy the same product multiple times. Some products designed for children do contain gentler ingredients, but most of them have no difference other than packaging. Therefore, you’re welcome to use your little one’s sunscreen without compromising your skin’s safety!
Last is Best
Many people like to apply their sunscreen moments before they walk out the door in order to prolong the amount of time between on-the-go applications. However, sunscreen actually takes about 20-30 minutes to activate. This means that if you apply your protective formula right before you walk into the sun, you’ll have almost a half an hour of unprotected sun exposure! If you apply your sunscreen during your morning skin care routine, it should be activated by the time you leave the house. Make sure to reapply every 90-120 minutes, especially if you’re going to be outside between the hours of 10am-4pm.
Do you recall the process you went through to ensure your permanent cosmetic procedure(s) met your specifications? Choosing the perfect technician, the design and color selection process, understanding and complying with the healing instructions, and finally, just what you wanted for yourself – a convenient lifestyle. Now you have the opportunity to either actively take routine measures to preserve your permanent cosmetic procedure(s) or accept the fact that not doing so will result in the need for a color refresher appointment earlier than planned.
There are many enemies of permanent cosmetics; however there is no other enemy that does the overall damage as the sun. Other enemies are some prescription drugs and skin maintenance products that we use on our face that contain ingredients not recommended for application on your permanent cosmetics.
Many clients have expressed they feel sun screen/block products are a bother; They are greasy, clog the pores, burn the eyes, disturb conventional makeup foundation appearance, and so on it goes. A common retort to my advice to wear sun screen/block is that I wear a hat, I wear sunglasses, I never go out in to the sun. You are uninformed if you believe any of these precautionary measures alone protect you adequately from the damaging affects of the sun. You need to use an effective sunscreen.
In addition to the damaging affects of the sun, consider the time spent in public pools or in salt water during leisure time at the beach. The disinfecting chemicals used to maintain health standards of swimming pools are harsh, and people with permanent cosmetics need to take measures to protect their procedures from the color altering affects of these chemicals. Salt water is a very drying natural element and in conjunction with the sun, can substantially contribute to lightening your permanent cosmetic procedure(s).
In order to preserve your investment in your permanent cosmetics, a substantial SPF sunscreen or block should be worn at all times on your eyebrows and your lips. Contact your Dermatologist and ask about the benefits of a sun block product called Ti-Silk by Procyte. It has been my experience that this SPF 45 Sun Block is one of the best guards against the damaging affects of the sun’s rays and provides protective measures for permanent cosmetics. It is waterproof, is creamy in texture and has a nice tinted base. Many people wear it alone as a moisturizer. This product is not sold in general or department stores, it is only sold to physicians and those in the beauty and medical industry that are sponsored by physicians. The cost is minimal, the benefits countless. If you cannot locate a provider that caries Ti-Silk, investigate other similar sun block products with your skin care provider. There are many that do not produce undesirable affects.
Washing the face with products that contain glycolic acids and/or those that cause lightening of the skin or accelerated exfoliation can work against maintaining your permanent cosmetics in a pristine condition. If you have a skin care specialist, ask for professional advice about the ingredients in your skin care products and if they contain products which promote exfoliation, skin lightening, or acids, please dont use these products directly on your permanent cosmetic procedures.
Follow some simple procedures to protect your permanent cosmetics investment:
Always wear a sun screen or sunblock
Wear a hat that shields your face from the sun
Wear sunglasses that screen out harmful sunrays
Avoid putting skin lightening, acid based. or any other skin care products that promote accelerated exfoliation directly on the areas of your procedure
If planning on activities that take you in public pools or salt water, in addition to your waterproof sunscreen, apply a thin layer of ointment to help waterproof the eyebrows and lips.
Dont excuse yourself from procedure color saving routines feeling you can always return to your technician for a color refresher. The color you enjoy will only remain pristine if you protect it. Environmental stress elements and products that have an adverse affect.
Have fun in the summer months, but do it safely, and with the goal of preserving the quality of your skin and the permanent cosmetics you chose as an investment in your appearance.
Softouch Now offers trained technicians to wax around your Permanent makeup. Such as eyebrows and Lips.
Facials are also offered with Oil-Free products by a specifically trained Esthetician in our Studio