The first day of Spring is March 20th and we couldn’t be more excited! As we begin to thaw from the icy winter, it’s time to prepare our skin for the warmer weather. Whether you’re gardening, lounging by the pool or even driving in your car, your skin is prone to damaging UV rays. The most important product in your beauty bag is your sunscreen. What’s the best defense against premature aging, fine lines and dark spots?SUNSCREEN. With skin cancer now being the most common form of cancer in the United States, it’s time to start getting serious about sun protection.
The Food and Drug Administration recently released new information about the ingredients in common sunscreens – two ingredients in particular: ecamsule and enzacamene. The FDA’s primary concern is the lack of data proving effectiveness and safety of the two ingredients. Mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin and reflect harsh UV rays, whereas chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the body and bloodstream. If scientists aren’t sure of the safety and effectiveness, then what exactly are we allowing to seep into our bloodstream? There is also evidence of ecamsule and enzacamene containing hormone disruptors.
What should you look for in a sunscreen? Patients at CARE Plastic Surgery are educated to look for:
- SPF 15 or higher with broad spectrum UV protection
- Mineral ingredients – zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide
- Water resistant or waterproof
You should never rely solely on sunscreen. Limit your time in the sun, wear a hat or lighter long sleeves and be sure you are reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day. Dr. Coan highly recommends EltaMD sunscreen.
Their facial sunscreen is one of our best-selling products, and a staff favorite pick! It contains 9.0% zinc oxide and antioxidants that help absorb free radicals. To find out more about the Elta MD line just click here for more information or call 919-484-4884 for one of our helpful patient care coordinators today!