How do i protect my skin against sun damage?
I never sunbathe anymore- why would I use a sunscreen?
No matter how sun-phobic your daily habits might be, you are exposed to a lot more UV light than you might think. Whether walking to your car, driving to work, or taking a quick break outside, dangerous UV rays are constantly bombarding your skin and causing cumulative damage. (Note that the side of your face closest to your car’s window will exhibit more signs of premature aging if you don’t regularly use sunscreen.)
Be sure to apply a sunscreen every morning, even if it’s overcast–Dermalogica’s unique Solar Defense Booster is ideal, since it allows you to customize your favorite moisturizer or foundation with sunscreen protection. When mixed in equal parts with any Dermalogica moisturizer, Solar Defense Booster provides a protection factor of SPF15.
What does “SPF” mean, and which is right for me?
SPF (“sun protection factor”) is a standardized measure that indicates how much additional time you can spend in the sun without getting burned. For example, if you can usually spend 20 minutes outside before burning, an SPF15 sunscreen will increase that time by fifteen times (20 minutes x 15 = 300 minutes).
Keep in mind that any sun exposure, whether you’re light-skinned or not, means that aging UVA rays are entering the skin unless you’re vigilant about using a sunscreen. You may not notice even the slightest tan, but the damage is being done.
Also, if you’re swimming or perspiring heavily, you’ll have to reapply your sunblock frequently. Look for a “waterproof” sunscreen such as Dermalogica Waterproof Solar Spray SPF25.
How do I know if I am at risk for skin cancer?
Everyone has some risk of developing skin cancer, which can be made worse with a lifetime of unprotected sun exposure and genetically lighter skin tone. For most people, a severe burn before 18 years of age almost doubles your risk of developing skin cancer and premature aging, which is why it is critical to protect children’s delicate skin.
You should speak to your dermatologist immediately if you have a skin lesion that appears suddenly, or has an asymmetrical appearance, darker edges than the center, changes color or becomes larger than 1/4 inch or 6 millimeters. A few days can make the difference between successful removal and long-term illness.
What makes Dermalogica’s Solar Defense System a better choice?
Because Dermalogica is on the forefront of ingredient research, you are assured not only the latest advances in sunscreen technology, but also skin-care-quality formulations that provide unsurpassed protection against moisture loss, free radical activity and irritation. For example, the ingredient Avobenzone (also called Parsol 1789) is a revolutionary way to guard against the previously un-stoppable UVA rays that contribute to skin cancer and premature aging; while pure Vitamins C and E protect against harmful free radicals.
In addition, Dermalogica offers two chemical-free sunscreen formulations for sensitive skin: Ultra Sensitive FaceBlock SPF25 and Ultra Sensitive BodyBlock SPF15. Both products reflect the sun’s most damaging rays, and are ideal for even the most sensitive skin conditions.