Younger You Blog

Save Your Skin and Your Skin Treatments

by Stephanie Schlageter

Can you guess what is the #1 skincare practice you must do? It’s actually quite simple - wear sunblock every day. Shielding your skin from the sun’s damaging rays not only helps protect from skin cancer, it also provides significant anti-aging benefits. And using sunblock also extends the life of facial treatments from laser resurfacing to BOTOX.

Of course, just any old product sold as sunscreen or sunblock won’t do. Many products contain more chemicals and scent than actual protection. Because the sun emits UVA and UVB rays, you must select a broad-spectrum product with a physical block. You can think of these two types of rays as: UVA for aging and UVB for burning. This means that you might not immediately notice the effects of UVA rays and assume that your product works fine. However, if it does not contain a physical sun blocking substance like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, the UVA rays will get through. Those sneaky UVA rays can also penetrate glass and clouds, so you need to put on protection whether or not you plan to spend time outdoors and even when the sky is overcast.

At Radiance Medspa, we offer advanced skin protection with EltaMD sunblock products. EltaMD sunscreens are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and literally scatter the sun’s rays away from your skin. They are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. All EltaMD sunscreens are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens. You might notice that none of the EltaMD products mention an extremely high SPF. That’s because as you climb above SPF 50, products lose their balance and viability and encourage people to stay in the sun longer without actually providing significantly more protection. Your best option is to reapply a sunscreen with 30-50 SPF throughout the day.

And now, back to the topic of maximizing your investment in aesthetic medical treatments. After you receive treatments like dermal filler injections, skin tightening Ultherapy, sun damage-deleting ICON laser resurfacing, or even a simple microdermabrasion treatment, the environment and gravity will continue to work their bad magic on your skin. Daily use of effective, safe sunscreen products, like those from EltaMD, will aid your skin in maintaining elasticity because the aging UVA rays are not able to penetrate to those deep layers where they cause so much damage. Keeping up with your sunblock ritual protects not just your skin but also your investment in skincare treatments. Now, doesn’t that make you feel both beautiful and savvy?