Hopefully, you’ve heard the refrain enough by now that you could repeat it in your sleep: wear sunscreen every day, no matter the weather, no matter the season. If you aren’t already doing this religiously, now is the time to incorporate SPF into your skincare routine. Why? The right SPF can help protect you against sun damage. In fact, because ultraviolet radiation, particularly from sun exposure, is thought to be the cause of 85 to 90 percent of skin cancers, sunscreen is a vital tool to protect you from not only damage that ages your skin, but also deadly cancer.
Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, but be aware that there are mineral and chemical sunscreens available. What’s the difference? More to the point, is one type better than the other? Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to block UV rays. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, use ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, and others. Both types of sunscreens are effective, as long as you choose an option with at least SPF 30. If you want a sunscreen that easily absorbs into the skin, chemical might be the way to go. However, if you have sensitive skin, choose a mineral sunscreen, which isn’t as likely to cause irritation. Ultimately, the best sunscreen is sunscreen that you find easy to wear every day, because that’s how you’ll get the most protection.
In the summer, you’ll want to switch up your skincare routine. To maintain a beautiful, healthy glow, keep your skin clean, using a cleanser that removes oil and bacteria from your skin without stripping it of moisture. It’s important to exfoliate, too, but in the summer, you’ll need to do this carefully. Rather than using physical exfoliants, which are abrasive and can irritate your skin, opt for a chemical exfoliant to remove dead skin buildup. Not only does exfoliating help your skin stay healthier and look fresher, but it also allows other products, including sunscreen to be absorbed more effectively, producing better results. You may think you should skip moisturizer in the summer, when your skin is oilier and sweaty, but it’s important to use a light moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated.
No matter what your skin concerns may be, whether acne, dry skin, sun damage, or something else, when you need help caring for your skin, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to schedule a consultation. We’re committed to providing superior, professional skin care in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience supplying dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we offer a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board- certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers are here to give you the care you need in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. Call (801) 682-4715 or contact us through our website.