May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to spread the word then to educate you on proper protection from the sun!

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, you can never be too careful. Rays from the sun can do much more damage than just a nasty sun burn. Prolonged exposure to the sun without proper protection can lead to early skin aging and melanoma, more commonly known as skin skin-protection-skin-care-tipscancer.

Quick Tips For Applying Sunscreen

  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours , every hour if you are sweating or in water
  • Don’t forget feet, hands, ears and nose.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going into the sun
  • If you use over-the-counter SPF, make sure it is Broad Spectrum and at least a 15 SPF
  • Medical Grade sunscreen provides broader protection

Over-the-counter sunscreen is certainly better than no sunscreen at all. With proper application it protects your skin enough to avoid a bad sun burn, but nothing protects you better than its medical grade counterpart. Medical grade sunscreen is proven to be better for many reasons; one being there is science behind the ingredients. Each ingredient added helps to better protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays such as UVA as well as UVB.

So what’s the difference between theSPF 30 sunscreen you purchased at Walgreen’s and medical grade sun block? There are a few differences. There are two types of ingredients in sunscreen, physical and chemical ingredients. Physical sunscreens protect your skin by reflecting the sun’s rays away from your skin, while chemical sunscreens use chemical UV filters that protect your skin by absorbing the rays.  Typically, store bought sunscreen only classifies under one kind or the other. Medical grade sunscreens on the other hand provide maximum protection from both UVA and UVB by providing a combination of both physical and chemical ingredients. Due to the higher quality of ingredients in medical grade sunscreens, they instantly absorb into your skin, there is no tacky film left behind like some of their over-the-counter counterparts.

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is our recommended, medical grade, sunscreen that features broad spectrum with a SPF of 50 to help enhance your natural skin tone. This lightweight sunscreen increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress.

To learn more call Abloom Medical Spa today, 623.691.8319  OR  Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION