Top Sunscreen Mistakes to Avoid this Summer

A little sunshine is good for your mood but not for your skin. At Blu Cocoon Medical Spa we encourage taking preventative measures against wrinkles and the effects of aging on your skin. The #1 anti-aging weapon is to wear sunscreen and apply it regularly. The best natural and non-irritating sunscreens are zinc and titanium dioxide. These ingredients block and reflect the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Zinc and titanium dioxide are found in TiZO SPF 40 Sunscreen. A brand that we highly recommend to our clients. We have put together a list of the top sunblock mistakes to avoid to help you shield your skin against harmful UV rays this summer while still enjoying the weather!

Make-up Products that contain an SPF:

A common sunblock mistake is relying on your make-up to protect you from getting burned by the sun. Make-up that contains an SPF is generally in the 5 to 15 range which is not high enough to ensure that you won’t reap the damages from direct sun exposure. Another thing to remember with make-up application is that it generally is not applied to the highly sensitive areas of the face and upper-body that sunblock normally would cover i.e. your ears, neck, chest, and shoulders. Blu Cocoon Spa recommends trying a mineral sun protection product that contains an SPF 30 or 50. Colorscience makes a product called ‘Sunforgettable.’ Sunforgettable is an easy to brush on, safe, non-irritating make-up that provides instant UVA and UVB protection. Plus it’s to apply and reapply all throughout the day.

Application of SPF. Once is not enough:

Experts agree that if you are participating in daily activities in direct sunlight that the first time you applied sunblock in the A.M. cannot be the only time that day. It is a must to reapply sunblock every two hours at minimum till the sun goes down. This will ensure not only the prevention of a sun burn but also the risk of damaging your skin that will ultimately lead to permanent discoloration and premature wrinkles. Blu Cocoon recommends setting up your smart phone to alert you every two hours to make sure you are covered.

Stay safe and protected this summer and don’t forget to have fun! If you have any skin care questions come visit our MedSpa Professionals at Blu Cocoon.

TiZO Sunscreen and Colorscience products are both available at our San Jose MedSpa. Next time you come in, ask us for sunscreen recommendations.

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