The Importance of Sunscreen

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Did you know that 90% of skin cancer is linked to sun exposure? 

As the days get longer and the temperature starts to increase, people flock to local pools, lakes, and rivers for a relaxing day in the sun. The Pacific Northwest is known for its gloomy days, but its best-kept secret is beautiful sunny summers. Even though it does not stay sunny most of the year here, it is still important to be deliberate about sun protection, because every second you are exposed to the sun can dictate the future of your skin health. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, therefore you need to protect it at all costs, it is the only one you are going to get! Everyone of every age needs to protect their skin from harmful sun radiation. We should be taking advantage of the advances that sunscreen has made in the past years and do everything we can to take care of our skin. 

 A common misconception is, the higher the SPF, the more protective it is, this is incorrect. SPF, which actually stands for; Sun Protection Factor, which indicates how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned while wearing sunscreen.  Dermatologists recommend a daily application of SPF 30, and a full spectrum formula, meaning that it protects from both UVA (ultraviolet A rays) and UVB (ultraviolet B rays). Most SPFs only protect against UVB rays, but UVA rays are just as harmful and age your skin as well as contribute to skin cancer. 

Between the 1910’s and 1960’s, there was no form of sun protection available that would prevent you from getting skin cancer. The original form of sun care was no SPF at all, but in the form of skincovering bathing suits. The very first form of SPF was created by a college student and had an SPF of just 2. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the level of SPF was increased to 15. Then in the 80’s, waterproof and zinc oxide formulas because available which in turn made gel and spray on formulas popular. In the early 2000’s sunscreens with lower SPF’s were replaced with ones with higher SPF’s. As sunscreen continues to improve year by year, it seems people have begun to value sun protection less and less. The popularity of tanning beds has skyrocketed in recent years which can be just as harmful as sun exposure to your skin.  

It is a common belief that sunscreen only needs to be worn on hot summer days, but in fact, it should be worn yearround, regardless of the weather. The only true way to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, future sun damage, and skin cancer is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. We recommend the Biotherapeutic sun protection that we carry in our salon, you can wear it on its own, or a light layer under makeup (you should do this even when your foundation has an SPF!). Your future skin will thank you! 


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