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The safest type of sunscreen for your skin

The Safest Type of Sunscreen for Your Skin

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For many, it can be a challenge to find the perfect sunscreen for your skin type. While sunscreen is necessary to prevent skin cancer and provide anti-ageing benefits, you may find that some are too oily or leave a white residue on your skin. While these are things that you might consider when choosing a sunscreen to wear daily, it’s also very important for your sunscreen to be clean and free from harmful chemicals.

Mineral sunscreen is what you should ideally be looking for because it uses titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to block UVA and UVB rays while sitting on the surface of your skin. If you care about your skin and protecting it from the sun, while still avoiding potentially harmful chemicals, read on to explore the different types of sunscreen and which is more beneficial to use. After all, you wear sunscreen to protect your skin and health, not to damage it!

Why can chemical sunscreens be dangerous?

Essentially, the two types of sunscreens that exist are chemical and mineral. Both can be measured by SPF (sun protection factor). However, chemical sunscreens often have ingredients that you should avoid, such as octocrylene, oxybenzone, and ecamsule. This is because those ingredients have been shown to enter the bloodstream through the skin.

Once in the body, these ingredients can negatively affect your hormones, metabolism, and more. Chemical sunscreens also work differently than mineral sunscreens, as they absorb the sun’s rays instead of deflecting them as mineral sunscreens do. Some people still opt for chemical sunscreens, as they blend into the skin easier and are less noticeable and lighter once applied. For these reasons, chemical sunscreens have been the popular choice for many years until just recently.

Benefits of Mineral Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens are great for blocking UVA and UVB rays and act as a shield on the surface of your skin, which is why they are referred to as “physical sunscreens.” Many people with sensitive skin choose mineral sunscreens over chemical ones because they are less likely to irritate the skin or cause adverse reactions. Mineral sunscreens with non-nanotized titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are also more eco-friendly than chemical sunscreens, as they are safer for the coral reefs and ocean life. This is definitely something you need to consider when purchasing sunscreen for a vacation or trip to the beach.

Best Mineral Sunscreens

If you find that you are having issues finding a brand of sunscreen that works with your skin type, remember that you have the option of consulting a dermatologist who can give you an overview of your skin and recommend options. Some drugstore brands often recommended by skincare specialists and dermatologists include Cerave, Neutrogena’s Sheer Zinc formula, Blue Lizard, and La Roche-Posay. Aveeno is also a relatively inexpensive and commonly found brand that offers mineral sunscreens free from harmful chemicals. If you are really looking for the “clean” stamp of approval, stay away from sunscreens with parabens, sulphates, and fragrances. Some brands also incorporate natural extracts and vitamins for added anti-ageing and skincare benefits, while also protecting from the sun.

Importance of Wearing Sunscreen Daily

Whether you’ve found the right sunscreen for your skin or not, it’s important to wear sunscreen daily to protect against harmful rays from the sun, which can cause wrinkles, premature ageing, and skin cancer over a period of time. Even on days that seem cloudy, sun protection is a must. It’s also important to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours and after swimming, working, or exercising outdoors. If you can, ensure that the sunscreen you choose is water-resistant so that it doesn’t wash or sweat off easily. Make sure to apply your sunscreen generously and at least 15 minutes before you head out.

Don’t Rely on Sunscreen Alone

While sunscreen is a beneficial and necessary part of any skincare routine, it also isn’t the only thing you should be doing when it comes to sun protection. Make sure you are wearing protective clothing and a hat while outside. As well, try to stay in shady areas instead of indirect sunlight where you can easily be exposed to sunburn and damage. If you can avoid going out in the sun in the early morning and afternoon when it is brightest, you’ll also be doing yourself a favour.

While some of the studies done to test the chemicals in sunscreen require further trials to determine long-term effects, it’s better to be safe and replace your chemical sunscreens with alternatives. If you are unsure of which sunscreen to use, you can always consult a dermatologist.

Next time you’re shopping for skincare, don’t skip over the ingredients. Before you choose a sunscreen, do your research and make sure you aren’t exposing yourself to unwanted chemicals. For more information on sun protection and anti-ageing treatments, please call Clearview MediSpa at contact us here.

How to protect your skin from the sun?

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun (Besides Sunscreen)

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Like it or not, sunscreen is something that should be a part of your daily routine. In fact, even on cloudy days, you should be wearing an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. By doing this daily, you can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer in the future, and also keep your skin from ageing prematurely, including developing wrinkles and sunspots.

While most of us know that we should be applying sunscreen regularly, there are other ways to protect your skin from the sun, which we will be discussing throughout this article. Skin protection is important and should never be overlooked, which is why you should read on to discover some other important ways of protecting your skin from sun exposure and pesky wrinkles. While sunscreen is definitely necessary, it doesn’t hurt to shield your skin even more while still enjoying the outdoors and beautiful sunny weather.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Another way to help prevent cancers (including skin cancer) is to make it a habit to eat a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables daily. A Mediterranean diet is especially beneficial in preventing melanoma. Also, seafood, nuts, and seeds are great for counteracting the damaging effects of the sun and boosting your immune system. Incorporating healthy food choices into your everyday life is not only great for skin and cancer protection, but it can also give you more energy and uplift your mood overall. One thing you may want to be mindful of, however, is how much seafood and what kind of fish you eat. Fish that have higher levels of mercury may provide the opposite effect of sun damage and skin cancer prevention.

Add Vitamins to Your Routine

It’s been proven that certain supplements have the ability to boost our natural DNA repairing enzymes. This is great for anyone who’s at risk of skin cancer because while sunscreen and other methods of protection can’t reverse DNA damage, some supplements may help. Niacin (vitamin B3) can help reduce the risk of some skin cancers. Also, a natural supplement, called Polypodium Leucotomos, has shown promise for protecting the body against UV damage in clinical studies. So, if you are concerned about your risk of skin cancer or would just like to give yourself more protection, consider adding these supplements to your routine. Just remember to always consult your doctor before trying new vitamins/supplements.

Be Mindful of Medications and Products

When considering skin protection, you will also want to be mindful of medications you are taking or products you use that could make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Certain antifungals, chemotherapies, and anti-inflammatories could make your skin more prone to sunburn and sun damage. Always consult with your doctor about the side effects of certain medications you are taking. Keep in mind that this is not just the case with medications, as certain skincare products and ingredients can also have the same effects. If you are using products that change your skin sensitivity to the sun, you will need to be extra cautious to apply sunscreen regularly, wear protective clothing, and avoid direct sunlight.

Wear a Hat and Try UPF Clothing

While most of us can guess that wearing a wide-brimmed hat to the beach or during a walk in the sun is good for skin protection, do you know about the benefits of UPF clothing? Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) clothing can help block the sun from reaching and damaging your skin, similar to sunscreen. If you are going on vacation or know you will be in the sun for extended periods, investing in UPF clothing could be a good idea for you. Regular clothing can’t block UV rays in the same way that UPF clothing does, so don’t think that you are getting sun protection with your normal clothes.

Limit Sun Exposure

One of the best ways to prevent sun damage and skin cancer is to limit your sun exposure daily. For example, when you are outside, go for shady spots with indirect sunlight. It’s best to avoid the sun altogether (if you can) when it is hottest and brightest in the morning and early afternoon. If you are going outside in the hot sun and aren’t sure whether you’ll find a shady spot, then bring an umbrella with you!

We know that a bit of sunshine and light can do wonders for your mood and mental health, so we’re not advocating to stay indoors or out of the sun altogether. While the sun can damage skin with harmful UV rays, it can also boost vitamin D levels and improve your state of mind. Just remember to be cautious whenever you are outside and try to stay in the shade, while wearing sunscreen and a hat for extra skin protection. For more information on how to prevent and erase damaging effects on the skin from sun exposure, please contact Clearview MediSpa at contact us here.

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