As individualized as skincare routines can be, there is one skincare step that every person, no matter how many steps their routine is otherwise, should never miss. That step is sunscreen. Out of the many skincare products that one can acquire, sunscreen should be a priority. It doesn’t matter the season or the region. If you’re out and about during the day, you should be applying sunscreen.
What is SPF?
SPF, also known as Sun Protection Factor. Its sole purpose is to protect your skin from the sun and the damage that exposure to UV rays can cause. There are 2 different types, mineral (sometimes known as physical) and chemical. Mineral sunscreens use minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect from the sun and chemical sunscreens use synthetic compounds to do the same. Both are effective in protecting from UVA and UVB rays.
Why is it important?
Many people don’t realize how much sun exposure we really get on a regular basis. It is easy to assume that if we aren’t spending intentional time outdoors that our sun exposure is inconsequential but that is simply not true. Going for a quick walk or driving usually means sun exposure. Even trips from our home, the store, or our workplace to the car expose us to sunlight. Over the course of our lifetime, that adds up to hundreds of hours spent in the sun unprotected. In addition to the larger danger of skin cancer, its important to rememeber that sun exposure speeds up the aging process of our skin. What a shame it would be to spend so much time and effort on our skin with at home products or med spa services like microneedling, chemical peels, and injectables while skipping the most important step needed in consistent, long term care of our skin. In fact, after skincare procedures, sunscreen is even more essential during unavoidable sun exposure in order not to reverse progress or cause additional damage.
How do I choose one?
Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays in a formula that is conducive to your lifestyle and needs. They generally come in lotion, powder, and spray form and some are moisture resistant for sports and water activities. Check the SPF and instructions so you’ll know how often to reapply for continued efficacy throughout the day. Unfortunately, sunscreen isn’t a set it and forget it type of product. It does stop working after a period of time so be sure to know how long you’re protected.
At Coco Med Spa, we are committed to helping you get the most out of your skincare both in the spa and at home. We love providing this education and hope you find it helpful. Feel free to contact us with questions about products and services.