Going for a “healthy glow” sans sunscreen can be a dangerous and costly habit, resulting in premature aging skin over time, or worse, skin cancer — the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States.
While hormonal and genetic causes of skin aging are out of our control, environmental damage from repeated exposure to the sun is preventable. This exposure can speed up the aging process, leaving its mark (literally) in the form of dark spots, blotches, fine lines and saggy, leathery skin.
To avoid premature aging, while still enjoying the benefits that the sun offers, apply liberally a sunscreen that offers full-spectrum defense against UVA and UVB rays, not just a higher SPF. But read the label: while most sunscreens on the market block over 95% of UVB rays, many do not block UVA rays.
SkinMedica produces full-spectrum, anti-aging sunscreens that offer physical, chemical and biological protection against sun damage. Each of their sunscreen formulations fight damage three ways: the first layer of physical defense protects against the sun’s penetrating rays, the second chemical layer absorbs UV rays, and the third layer offers biological protection with potent antioxidants to boost the skin’s natural defenses against free radicals.
SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 Plus and their new, very water-resistant, Environmental Defense Sunscreen™ SPF 50+ with UV Proplex™ offer oil-free, long-lasting protection with potent antioxidants, such as green tea, caffeine and Vitamin E, without the white residue. For daily sun protection, apply SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20, which offers the ultimate combination of hydration and anti-aging protection.
Hindsight is often 20/20 for those who suffer skin damage from unprotected sun exposure. The good news is that unsightly sun damage is avoidable by starting a sunscreen-based, anti-aging skincare regimen now.