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Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Optimal Skin Protection

Skin Rejuvenation Pinole CASun damage can occur on the cloudiest of days as well as sunny afternoon. That’s why it is so important to arm your skin with the best defense: sunscreen. The majority of sun damage in adults occurs before the age of 18, but there’s still a lot you can do to protect what you have when you hit your 20’s, 50’s or whatever age you are. Here, we will give you the insights you need to select the best sunscreen for optimal skin protection. Remember, sunscreen can help fight against premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles. If you don’t often wear sunscreen (or at all!) it’s never too late to start.

Look for the right ingredients

The brand of sunscreen you use is inconsequential if it doesn’t have the right ingredients. First, you will need a sunscreen that contains broad spectrum or multi spectrum protection for UVA (ultraviolet A rays) and UVB (ultraviolet B rays). UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, but they can still increase the chance of skin cancer. UVB rays are also a cancer causing ray. The ingredients that contain broad spectrum protection are benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). For UVA protection, look for at least one of these ingredients in your sunscreen: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide.

SPF is also an important factor to look for. The SPF is a rating that indicates how effective a sunscreen is at preventing UVB ray burns. For instance, if you typically burn after 10 minutes, an SPF 15 (multiplied by 10 minutes) is 150. This means you can last 150 minutes in the sun before burning. Make sure you get at least an SPF of 15. For those with fair, light, or sensitive skin go for an SPF factor of 30.

Match the sunscreen to your activity

If you are going shopping at an outdoor mall versus a visit to the pool, you’ll want very different sunscreens. For any activity where you will get wet or sweat, like swimming or exercising, get a water resistant sunscreen.

Arrange a consultation

For more ways to significantly improve your look, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. You can contact our office by calling Pinole (East Bay) at (510) 724-8282 or Larkspur (North Bay) at (415) 461-5755.

Two Lesser Known Skincare Tips for Sun Protection

Two Lesser Known Skincare Tips for Sun Protection | Skin Rejuvenation Pinole CAYour skin is an incredible organ that protects your body while revealing your age. Excessive sun exposure can cause long term damage, sun spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Here two lesser known skincare tips to protect your skin this summer.

Watch What You Wear

Hot weather and a warm sun make it easy to head outdoors and enjoy a game of golf, a jog, or simply go shopping. Unfortunately the sun’s warm rays aren’t helping your skin. A great way to begin protecting your skin is to wear the right clothing. To shield your face and head, wear a hat. Anything from a stylish sun hat to a baseball cap can go a long way in helping you stay cool while protecting your skin from burning.

When it comes to clothing, you can choose fabrics that have the ability to shield against the sun’s rays. You don’t even need to buy special brands or products. Instead, simply look in your closet. Garments made of unbleached cotton, thin, satiny silk, and high-luster polyesters have the unique ability to absorb or reflect UV radiation. They can stop the sun’s harmful rays from reaching your skin.

Get Your Lip Balm on!

The lips are a common spot for skin cancer to appear. If your lips are cracked, peeling, or scaly, this may be a sign of actinic keratoses. This is a condition that may be an indication of early stage skin cancer. When searching for the right lip balm, look for products that have SPF 15 or higher and apply it every few hours. When you are out in the sun, don’t wear high shine lip gloss, baby oil, or petroleum jelly. If you wear lipstick, opt for darker shades as they provide more protection. Even better, buy lipstick with an SPF component or use an SPF lip balm underneath your lipstick for added protection and moisturizing.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are looking for more ways to improve your look, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. You can call our Pinole (East Bay) office at (510) 724-8282 or Larkspur (North Bay) office at (415) 461-5755.

Rejuvenate your Skin with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion Larkspur, CAIf you have sun damage, scars, wrinkles, or dark spots on your skin, microdermabrasion is for you. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses fine purified crystals to lightly exfoliate the skin. It does not require anesthesia and allows patients to immediately return to their normal activities. Consider the following benefits, risks, and results of microdermabrasion to see if this is the right treatment for you.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular skin enhancing procedure that can improve age spots, exfoliate the skin, create a refreshed appearance, decrease the visibility of stretch marks and wrinkles, lessen the appearance of pores, and treat acne scars.

As we age, collagen production decreases, resulting in the uneven and loose skin. Microdermabrasion can improve collagen production, which aids in creating a more full and youthful appearance.

The Risks of Microdermabrasion

If you experience any discomfort after your microdermabrasion treatment, it is typically temporary. For instance, you may have some swelling or redness after your treatment, but this will slowly disappear over the next day. In some cases, you may experience dryness or flakiness over the next week. Other risks include:

  • Bruising due to the suction that occurs during the treatment.
  • Skin that is extra sensitive to the sun. To avoid sun damage, be sure to apply sunscreen if you are going to be outside after your treatment.

The Results of Microdermabrasion

The results of your treatment are temporary. To maintain the refreshed and rejuvenated look that microdermabrasion provides you will need to get regular treatments. The frequency of your treatments will depend on the severity of your skin damage and what your skin specialist recommends for a maintenance plan. After your treatment, you can immediately reprise your regular activities, but staying out of direct sunlight for a few days is recommended.

Schedule a consultation

Microdermabrasion can do wonders for your skin by providing a more polished, youthful, and refreshed appearance. To learn more about how microdermabrasion can benefit your skin, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur). We’re excited to help you achieve more beautiful skin and look forward to hearing from you! 

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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