Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunscreen 101- are you using the right product and the right amount?

Adequate sun protection is at the core of every skincare regimen. Here are a few things you need to know about sunscreen from you favorite Topeka Plastic Surgeon:

The effectiveness of a sunscreen is dose dependent. It is important to apply an adequate amount of suncreen in order to reap its benefits. The dose of sunscreen recommended by the FDA of an SPF 15 for your face is 10ml (or two teaspoons).

Sunscreens are divided into two classes, chemical and physical. Chemical suncreens ( products like benzophenone or homosalate) work by coverting UVB radiation into heat. These comprise most of the sunscreens you will find at the local drugstore. Physical suncreens ( products like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) reflect and absorb solar radiation . Physical sunscreen like Total block are generally recommended by this office as they have much high SPF and have minimal risk of skin sensitivity and breakouts.

Given that UV radiation is the primary cause of free radical formation, we also recommend a daily topical antioxidant like Vivite serum . This antioxidant will block free radicals and decrease cell damage in an attempt to prevent photodamage and improve the signs of aging like wrinkles and brown spots.

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