YOU SCREAM, I scream, we all scream for sunscreen!
By now, we are all fully aware of the damaging effects of sun exposure, but what’s left over from the informative scare are some pretty confusing options for sun protection. With so many choices available, countered with contradictions like vitamin D deficiency, and possible carcinogen-producing sunblocks: What’s the right way to block the rays?
We’ve put together a simple checklist to make prevention a piece of cake.
- Don’t apply on the fly! Sunscreen takes 20-30 minutes to absorb and activate in order to provide maximum protection, so apply early and liberally.
- It’s not easy being greasy. The higher the SPF the heavier they feel, and while titanium dioxide is a thorough protection, it can be oily and irritating. For those with sensitive or oily skin types, zinc oxide is a lighter option with great protection. These days it’s not your mama’s zinc. Epicurean’s formula is clear with a clean scent and a light texture.
- Good chemistry. High does not equal better. A quick explanation of the elusive SPF numbers: let’s say you burn after 10 minutes without sunscreen. Multiply that number by the SPF number (let’s say 15) and bingo, there’s your total time with sun protection (in this case 150 minutes). Most of us aren’t heading out to Barbados on a regular basis, so an SPF between15-30 is plenty effective for traveling to work, etc. Also, with the added bonus of fewer chemicals, the lower numbers are a safer bet for building you very own ozone layer.
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Product spotlight: Hylunia Beyond Complex-C
Why it rocks: Potent and highly stable L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) works to reverse prior sun damage while providing antioxidants to protect skin from future damage. The bioactive serum formula increases absorption. As with all of Hylunia’s products, Hylauronic acid, a key ingredient for hydration, is added making this serum a triple winner: providing moisture, collagen production and the anti-inflammatory properties for which Hylunia is known. Toss this little weapon into your beach bag and you’ll be radiant and protected even in the triple digits.
Facial recommendation: Breathe
Why it rocks: The summer months can leave the skin inflamed, dehydrated and lackluster. Our oxygen treatment blasts skin with 87 professional-grade vitamins, minerals and amino acids leaving the complexion luminous and hydrated. The Echo system treats skin at a cellular level, which is where the anti-aging magic happens. The result is immediate and lasting. Get drenched with the coolest way to escape the heat.
The Spa at Red Rock Resort