Are you concerned about the effects of sun exposure on your skin but don’t want to completely give up those fun-filled, sun-filled moments? Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays that hasten aging and can lead to skin cancer, and EltaMD® products are a cut above the rest. These dermatologically-tested and medical-grade products provide broad-spectrum sun protection and help fight premature aging caused by sun exposure.
At North Texas Plastic Surgery, we offer EltaMD sunscreen products because they are formulated for all skin types. EltaMD products contain compounds that promote healthy skin. They are chemical-, oil-, and fragrance-free, and they are also non-comedogenic, which means they don’t clog the pores the way some products can.
Both products provide UVA and UVB protection, which puts them in the category of broad-spectrum sunscreens. The quality of EltaMD sunscreens is so high that they are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation!
If your skin is sensitive and prone to acne, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation, this is the perfect sun protection product for you. It’s lightweight, with a silky texture that glides on easily and doesn’t leave a residue.
This broad-spectrum sunscreen contains several compounds that promote skin health:
When your skin is ultra-sensitive, you need a really special sunscreen to prevent skin irritation. This EltaMD option provides broad-spectrum sun protection but is still gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive, post-procedure skin. The addition of three different antioxidants helps fight the effects of free radical damage and the effects of aging caused by sun exposure.
All EltaMD Sunscreens are water-resistant, so they are a great option to use when swimming and exercising outdoors!
Using EltaMD sunscreen products is as easy as using any other sunscreen. Simply apply a generous amount of product to your face 15 minutes before going out into the sun, and reapply every 2 hours.
If you plan on swimming or doing another form of outdoor exercise, use UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41, which provides 40 minutes of water-resistant protection.
Protection from Skin Cancer
Sun exposure is associated with skin cancer because ultraviolet light damages DNA. DNA damage is a crucial step in the biological process that leads to cancer. This means you can reduce your risk of skin cancer by using a broad-spectrum sunblock that filters out UVA and UVB rays.
Sun exposure doesn’t just increase your risk of skin cancer; it’s also one of the single biggest factors involved in premature skin aging. This happens in several different ways. For instance, sun exposure can cause skin cells to divide abnormally, leading to patches of dark skin discoloration. Ultraviolet light exposure also causes elastin fiber to break down, which leads to loss of skin tone.
The effects of sun exposure don’t cause premature aging or skin cancer overnight. These effects happen over years and decades of sun exposure. Each time your skin is exposed to the sun without protection, only a small amount of damage is done. But that damage adds up over time, progressively increasing your risk of skin cancer and the effects of premature aging on your skin.
Sun exposure doesn’t have to cause visible damage to have this effect, and the sun doesn’t have to be shining for exposure to occur. Ultraviolet protection is still necessary even on a cloudy day, so it’s important to wear sunscreen every day, whatever the weather.
For the health and beauty of your skin, for the life of your skin, sun protection is essential. Wearing sunscreen every time you go outside is the only way to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays.
Next time you visit North Texas Plastic Surgery in Southlake or Plano, talk to Dr. Obaid, Dr. Ver Halen, or their team of skincare specialists about EltaMD Sunscreen products, for a gentle and effective way to protect your skin from sun damage.