May is skin cancer awareness month, so I’d like to introduce an amazing Skin care professional from Antons, Felicity. She is going to explain and introduce you to some sun care products, and tips.
Hi All!! I am a little nutty when it comes to SPF, it is the best protective device that we have when it comes to preventing skin cancer as well as aging! The sun accounts for over 80% of the effects of aging. That’s right, a majority of those fine lines, dehydration, and pesky spots(i.e. melasma, dark/brown spots, freckles) are caused from the sun. The great news is we have a way of preventing more dark spotting and wrinkling from occurring, for mature skin; we also have a way to protect younger skin from ever acquiring some of those as well. What is this “miracle in a bottle”, you ask? S. P. F.—or Sun Protection Factor.
1940’s—sun protection is believed to be developed, with a walloping SPF 2.
1960’s—commercial SPF comes to the market. Let’s not get too excited, it was very minimal and had very little effectiveness.
1970’s—FDA develops labeling for SPF based on it’s effectiveness. Meanwhile, everyone is just lobstering, happily, with baby oil.
1980’s—more research defines UVA and UVB rays. UVA-aging rays-are skin-cancer “promotors”, while UVB-burning rays-are what initiate skin cancer. 😳😖😤
1990’s—with the newest info regarding UV rays, ingredients protecting against UVA are added to commercial products. The term “broad-spectrum” becomes more widely used. If only there were more broad-spectrum things in life!
2000’s—sunscreen and SPF are continually being improved, studied, and regulated. 👙season, here we come!!
As you can see, SPF is something we will constantly be perfecting. What we DO know, is that we must do all in our power to protect our largest organ: the skin. One thing we, as estheticians, hear all the time when we ask clients about their sun protection on a daily basis is, “I have SPF in my moisturizer.” This is great! It means you are aware of the dangers and are actively doing something about it. But, what about as you go about the day? And to that question the answer is *usually* …crickets… Your skin is an organ that is working throughout the day, it doesn’t even get a lunch break folks. It will gradually metabolize (or ‘eat’) the sunscreen as it works. It eats while working, it doesn’t whistle while working. However, considering the huge task of holding all your insides *in*, while simultaneously protecting us from all the germs we encounter daily, we are going to allow that minor munching on the job.
REAPPLICATION of sunscreen is PARAMOUNT TO PREVENTION. Imagine sunscreen like an umbrella that is made of paper that only lasts for about 2 hours then dissolves into nothing, and all you are left with is unsightly wires, and in water the umbrella-paper dissolves even faster! OMG-what to do, what to do. Slap on s’mora that sunscreen baby! Every 2 hours for general activities while outdoors, and every 1-1/2 hours when swimming, sweating, or wiping consistently. This doesn’t mean a “dime-size” amount will do. It is recommended(for adults) to use 1 full ounce (a shot-glass full, for all my Wisconsinites 😉) EVERY TIME you apply. So that 10-ounce bottle that lasts your family of 5 a month, is just not cutting it. A 10-ounce bottle should last ONE AVERAGE ADULT about 20 hours, of general activities, not swimming or sweating, etc. I don’t know about you, but I definitely spend well over 20 hours, outside, in the sun, between May and September. Or, as in my case, in Wisconsin, the moment it gets above 40 degrees, to moment it dips below 40 degrees. It’s for real, ask anyone.
What are we “protecting” our skin from? UV rays of course! But, what does “burning” or “lobstering” mean, other than *a great tan*? The reason your skin turns red is because it is actually being burned…from the inside out, by UV radiation. Your skin wants to protect you at all times (isn’t that so sweet? 💐💝), so when it is exposed to something it views as a threat it sends in the soldiers to assess the situation and call for back-up if needed. They are feverishly working to produce dark pigmentation to provide a barrier. They are working so hard they use up all the water in the skin leaving it feeling tight. A few days go by and your skin has that “exotic” look, well, after all the peeling-or loss of the brutally burned skin cells. This tanning process is actually damaging the DNA of your cells. When there is too much destruction to the cell, over time, they could be damaged to the point that the skin can no longer provide protection and cancer gets free reign over those cells that have no way to protect themselves. In some cases there can be enough damage that the spout that provides the melanin or “tan” can be permanently turned on or off leaving us with white or dark spots.
A few other “fun facts” for you about sunscreen:
• “Waterproof”, “Sweat-proof”, and “Sunblock” no longer apply. No SPF can block out 100% of the sun’s damaging UV rays, or stop water from penetrating, or slow the skin’s munching. What we can say about Sunscreen is that it is “water-resistant” or “very water-resistant” while “screening” a certain percentage of UV.
• There is a difference between “physical” and “chemical” sunscreens. Physical-provides a barrier that bounces the rays off of you. Chemical-works by absorbing the rays that enter the skin and eliminating them from the body. This accounts for why most physical sunscreens are difficult to rub in, versus chemical sunscreens.
• As of 2014, the FDA has capped sunscreens at 50+ due to decades of study and new understandings of how sunscreen provides protection.
•SPF 2 will protect against ~50% of UVB rays
•SPF 10 will protect against ~85% of UVB rays
•SPF 15 will protect against ~95% of UVB rays
•SPF 30 will protect against ~97% of UVB rays
•Above SPF 30 the advanced protection is very minimal, however it will still provide a lengthy amount of protection against lobstering, when applied correctly.
There is still so much we are constantly learning about the Sun and it’s effects on the skin. Some things can be reversed with wintertime peels and using the right products on that gorgeous organ!! Powder sunscreen is something new to the table that women LOVE!!
So, along with keeping that face/skin gorgeous and cancer-free, Colorescience has many products that allow us to: keep looking fabulous, absorb surface oils, protect those areas we forget (part lines, scalp, ears, back of the neck, etc.) and it’s quick and can be done one-handed…moms…
Anton’s has multiple products in multiple price ranges to accommodate everyone. End Lobstering Now!! We offer treatments and products to help correct, protect from, and reverse signs of aging associated with the sun. One such product called “Even Up” brightens and evens out skin tone, while correcting and reversing dark pigments on the skin, AND provides a physical protection of SPF 50! It has a similar feel to makeup primer and has a gentle tint to immediately even out tone, making it perfect for use under your makeup. Another benefit of physical sunscreens, which include all Colorescience products, is they are typically made with pure minerals that will not clog pores!
Stop in to ask any one of our fabulous and educated estheticians about future skin treatments and what are the right protective products for you and that beautiful, yet hungry, skin!
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