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6 Things You Need to Know About Sunscreen

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 6, 2017 7:01:00 AM

silk touch med spa, sunscreenOne in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and over the past 31 years more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that we wear sunscreen every single day - even in the winter. 

Here is a guide for you to reference when ever you have a question about sunscreen. From how much you should use and when to tips for telling when your sunscreen is past it's shelf life. 

What sunscreen should I use?

  • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater. Water resistant.

A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. Dermatologists also recommend that you seek shade when your shadow is shorter than you are and protect your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses whenever possible.

When should I use sunscreen?

  • Every day. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. 

  • Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.

  • Snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen.

  • On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds.

  • Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays.

How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it?

Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms, or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen.

To be sure you use enough, follow this guideline:

  • One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.

  • Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.3

  • Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.

  • Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.

The FDA released sunscreen guidelines. How will these affect my sunscreen?

By the end of summer, you’ll begin to see several changes to sunscreen labels. These changes, which are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will provide you with more information about what type of UV protection a sunscreen offers, and what a sunscreen can do.

On the label, you’ll see whether the sunscreen:

Protects against UVB and/or UVA rays.

  • Reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging in addition to helping prevent sunburn, or just protects against sunburn alone.

  • In order to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, the sunscreen must offer two things: broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) and an SPF of 15 or higher. Without both, the sunscreen only helps prevent sunburn.

  • Is water-resistant up to 40 or 80 minutes

  • Sunscreen manufacturers will no longer claim that a sunscreen  is “waterproof” or “sweat proof.” This is not possible because all sunscreen eventually washes off.

Can I use the sunscreen I bought last summer, or do I need to purchase a new bottle each year? Does it lose its strength?

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day, not just during the summer. If you are using sunscreen every day and in the correct amount, a bottle should not last long. If you find a bottle of sunscreen that you have not used for some time, here are some guidelines you can follow:

  • The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years.

  • Some sunscreens include an expiration date. If the expiration date has passed, throw out the sunscreen.

  • You also can look for visible signs that the sunscreen may no longer be good.  Any obvious changes in the color or consistency of the product mean it’s time to purchase a new bottle.  

Topics: Skin Care, sunscreen

Important Skin Cancer Facts (InfoGraphic)

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 21, 2015 5:37:50 PM

With the hot summer months ahead, there is alot to know about how to protect yourself from getting skin damage or worse skin cancer.

The skin care infographic below talks about skin cancer topics such as:

  • Skin cancer facts
  • Melanoma facts
  • Indoor tanning health concerns
  • People with the highest risk of getting skin cancer
  • Tips to prevent skin damage and skin cancer

The infographic also answers questions such as:

  • What is skin cancer?
  • What US states have the highest occurrence of melanomas of the skin?

 

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Topics: Sun Damage Treatments, sunscreen

The #1 Way You Are Aging Your Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 2, 2014 2:06:00 PM

silk touchWhile no one can stop aging, we can slow down the aging process by taking care of our skin through maintenance and preventative measures. One particular preventative measure is the most important, but also the most neglected..

The No. 1 way you’re aging your skin? You may have guessed it already…. Not wearing enough sunscreen daily.

The sun is the primary cause of skin aging. The sun can reach you on cloudy, rainy, or snowy days as well. Skin-damaging UV rays can penetrate through glass, so you need to apply sun protection even indoors.

We are passionate about getting every single person who walks through our door to add sunscreen to their daily routine. Which is why we carry a ton of various types of Sunscreen, for every skin type and individual concern.

 

Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF

I love this sunscreen. Don’t want to add another lotion underneath all of your products? This SPF comes in powder form (tan, golden & translucent) and is great for putting on underneath your makeup, in your hairline, and other areas where you rather skip adding lotion. 

Revision Intellishade - Tinted SPF 45

This is one of our top selling products here at Silk Touch, and is my must-have summer obsession.  Do you love a quick skin care routine in the summer? So do I!

Revision Skincare Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45 is a 4-in-1 product for all skin types. Along with broad spectrum protection against UV rays, this item also works as your moisturizer, anti-aging product and foundation makeup. The medium-coverage formula of this sunscreen moisturizer hides the appearance of discoloration, redness and dark spots for a more even tone. This product also contains anti-aging ingredients that minimize fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth texture and youthful look. 

I use this beauty tool to create a flawless complexion in a flash.

Epionce Sunscreen 

This sunscreen is great for body and face and comes in SPF 30+ and SPF 50+. This is a light, quick absorbing broad-spectrum sheer lotion, that effectively protects the skin from damaging UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) radiation. This potent lotion prevents inflammation, reduces signs of aging, and minimizes the risk of skin cancer. Yet, it's free of irritants and sensitizers so you can use it everyday as your final phase in maintaining skin health.

Skin Medica TNS Moisturizing SPF

Do you love your other TNS products? Get it in your sunscreen too! This daily moisturizer offers the ultimate combination of hydration and anti-aging protection. enriched with the patented growth factor blend TNS®, and antioxidants, this formula guards against the destructive effects of free radical damage while also providing full-spectrum protection from uva/uvb rays.

Silk Touch Rx SPF 30 with Antioxidants

This is a great antioxidant sunscreen, that contains Vitamin C & E. This is our heavy hitter of sunscreens, and is great for those who have sun-sensitive skin conditions such as Melasma. This product is fragrance free and preservative free. This sunscreen feels very glossy, and works as a primer under your foundation.

 

Topics: Anti Aging, sunscreen