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Sun Care Essentials

April 13th, 2018 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protects against damage from UVA and UVB exposure Paraben-free.

Sun avoidance is a key sun care concept. Routine outdoor activities, including walking and jogging, can be planned early morning or late evening to minimize sun exposure. Shade-seeking behaviors are beneficial and worth discussion. In certain settings, moving just a few feet can eliminate direct sun exposure. Tanning booth exposure is harmful since it increases cancer risk and causes visible skin aging. The idea of protective ‘base’ tanning before a vacation or big event is similarly ineffective and harmful. Clients should understand that the risks of natural and booth tanning are similar.

AM. After cleansing, apply over entire face, avoiding the eye area.
Broad Spectrum SPF protects against damage from UVA and UVB exposure Paraben-free.

Sunscreen protection is a core component of all sun care programs. Cosmetic companies increasingly offer makeup foundations and lip care with broad spectrum sun protection, but these products typically sacrifice water-resistance to maximize cosmetic elegance. Check the labels and counsel clients accordingly on re-application.

For sunscreen, broad spectrum, water-resistant product, SPF 50 or higher, are ideal. Both chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients are usable, but it is still worthwhile to check the specific active sunscreen ingredients. There is no solid scientific evidence of sunscreen ingredient toxicity, but oxybenzone and avobenzone may be slightly problematic and are not favored. Many people also do not realize that SPF labeling with numbers above 50 is discouraged by the FDA. Products labeled as SPF 70 or SPF 100 are not necessarily stronger or more reliable. These high SPF number products may contain avobenzone, a potentially unstable ingredient that is falling under increasing scrutiny.

Elegant, prestige sunscreen products are best for the face, neck, and hands. Less elegant and more cost-effective options are sensible for chest, arms, and legs. There are great variations in look, feel, and wear of sunscreens; it is important for skin care professionals to vet sunscreens carefully and stock what best appeals to their client demographic.

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