Know our sunscreen! Advice from the experts at Vein & Laser Institute

Know our sunscreen! Advice from the experts at Vein & Laser Institute
By: Allison Tunstall Last Updated: July 28, 2020

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. The best way to protect it is by using sunscreen whenever you go outside, even if it’s cloudy. But with so many sunscreens on the market advertising that their product is the best, it’s hard to know which sunscreens are formulated with the right ingredients to protect you from skin cancer and sunburn, signs of aging, spider veins, and more.

The experts at Vein & Laser Institute offered insight on this timely summer topic. (Tip: Also wear sunscreen in the colder months when you will be exposed to sun!)

UVA/UVB rays

The sun gives off many kinds of rays every day, but two of them in particular can negatively affect our skin: UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays, or ultraviolet rays, cause sunburns. These rays penetrate the outermost layers of the skin, leaving the skin red, inflamed, and, in worst cases, blistered. UVA rays, on the other hand, contribute to skin aging like premature wrinkles, and many forms of skin cancer that can be life-threatening. These rays penetrate deep into the skin, damaging cells in the process. As more cells are damaged over time, the risk of skin cancer and early aging heighten.

An uncommon problem that can also arise from prolonged sun exposure is vein issues. When unprotected skin is exposed to the sun, collagen under the skin begins to break down, leading to a weakening of tissues and decreased pressure around blood vessels. The result is telangiectasia, most commonly known as spider veins. While not life-threatening, these broken veins can cause some pain and discomfort including itching and swelling, and some consider them to be unsightly. The experts at Vein & Laser Institute can effectively treat spiders veins in most cases, but it’s best to prevent them if you can.

UV rays are everywhere, even on cloudy days, so introducing sunscreen into your daily routine drastically lowers your exposure to the sun and protects your skin and health.

The right sunscreen will effectively protect you from both types of UV rays, but not every product meets the SPF claims on their bottles and some even have harmful ingredients that counteract a sunscreen’s effectiveness.

Mineral sunscreens

Formulated with ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mineral sunscreens sit right on top of your skin and deflect UVA and UVB rays all day. These differ from chemical sunscreens, which contain such chemical filters as oxybenzone and avobenzone that penetrate your skin and can be absorbed into your bloodstream where it can linger for days. Mineral sunscreens don’t breakdown the longer they’re exposed to the sun and are gentler on the skin, as many don’t contain ingredients that can agitate the skin.

Here are the ingredients to look for in mineral sunscreens:

Zinc Oxide

The most common ingredient, zinc oxide, has numerous benefits for your skin and the environment. Mineral sunscreens with this ingredient don’t leave a white cast over your skin, making it an easy, on-the-go application for every skin color. It is environmentally friendly and won’t harm coral reefs. For the very best protection (which is SPF 30 or higher), choose a mineral sunscreen that has at least a 20 percent concentration of zinc oxide.

Titanium dioxide

Titanium dioxide provides protection against both types of sun rays. It’s a gentle ingredient meaning it won’t upset sensitive skin. In fact, it’s a recommended ingredient for those with sensitive and redness-prone skin. While it is an effective ingredient in mineral sunscreen, products with titanium dioxide can leave a white cast on the skin. If this is something you would like to avoid in sunscreen, zinc oxide formulas will work for you.
Here are a few things to avoid in a sunscreen:
Fragrance
While pleasing to the nose, fragrance can cause your skin to become sensitive or agitated. It’s better to use fragrance-free sunscreens to keep your skin happy and healthy throughout the day.

Silicones

While there are no safety concerns with silicones, a synthetic ingredient found in many skincare products, they can interfere with cellular renewal in the skin—an important step in keeping your skin strong. Many experts recommend not using sunscreens that have silicone in the first five ingredients.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids

These acids found in oils can quickly break down when introduced to heat and light, leading to advanced cellular damage.

Vein & Laser Institute carries a complete line of mineral sunscreens that will offer the best protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Here are some recommended sunscreens to add to your daily routine:

  1. SkinCeuticals Top of Form
  2. Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen
  3. Bottom of Form
  4. Ava Isa Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen
  5. REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30
  6. Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30
  7. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

For more information about purchasing these and other skin care products online, visit https://veinandlaserinstitute.square.site/.