After a recent report shown on the Today show aired a lot of questions has been raised regarding sunscreen effectiveness. When you live in a place like South Florida, selecting the right sunscreen with the proper SPF is crucial toward protecting yourself. Visit any drugstore or supermarket and you will be faced with the daunting task on what to select. Because your safety is important to us at Salon Sora, our writers provided a guide for you to reference when selecting these products.
What Consumer Reports suggests is to use an SPF of 40+ and to apply often. Products with an SPF of 50 or higher may not always live up to their claim to fame. It is highly important to select a product that carries both UVA and UVB to protect yourself from skin cancer and damaged skin.
For every hour spent outdoors, you should repeatedly apply about an ounce of sunscreen. This should be repeated every hour you spend outside. If you are exercising or swimming you will want to apply the lotion more often.
According to FDA regulation there is no such thing as waterproof or sweat proof sunscreen. If you’re like most of us in the Boca Raton area, much of your recreational time is spent at places like the beach. If you are a sun worshiper or your weekends are spent lying in the sand, keep in mind that you should reapply sunscreen as soon as you are out of the water.
Be sure to rub the newer spray sunscreens into your skin after you’ve applied the product. Well, we don’t suggest using the spray products because they are easily inhalable we do recommend lotions because they are easy to measure and cannot be ingested.
Sunscreen for baby is the same as for adults. Babies under the age of six months should not be exposed to the sun at all. This holds true even in the invent that your child has been dipped in a vat of lotion.
Tip: Just because it costs more doesn’t mean that it’s more effective.
The environmental working group tested many of these products against the sun’s harsh rays. What they found out of 750 products was 75% offered poor protection or had some type of negative ingredients. Chemicals such as Oxybenzone which is an allergen and hormone disruptor were found during testing.
Undoubtedly the FDA is monitoring these products more closely while certain reinforcements are being taken against misleading packaging. This will result in better protection for the consumer.
If you think that your skin has been damaged by the sun, see a professional right away. The best defense against skin cancer is really detection.
For additional protection and skin care, make an appointment with our esthetician.