The temperatures are on the rise in Florida, and the rest of the country is coming out of winter hibernation. This means it is time that you start thinking about purchasing a sunscreen to protect your skin from the high UV rays. With so many products out on the market that promise sun protection, do you know what to look for in a quality sunscreen?

Essential Sunscreen Ingredients and Components

When shopping for a sunscreen, there are a number of things you should look for:

  • Ensure it is a broad spectrum sunscreen – when ‘broad spectrum’ is written on the sunscreen bottle, it indicates that the product protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. When this term is not used, sunscreen only protects you from one type of UV.
  • Look for zinc oxide – pure zinc oxide is available, but it is also a key ingredient in many sun protection products. Another ingredient that protects against UVA and UVB rays like zinc is titanium dioxide.
  • Buy SPF 30 or higher – the SPF protection promised on a sunscreen bottle is only accurate if you apply the amount suggested. Most people apply only about half that amount. Using SPF 30 ensures that you will get the protection of at least SPF 15 (which is the lowest you should go).
  • Look for sunscreen with helioplex – this is a photostabilized version of avobenzone, an ingredient that protects the skin from the highest range of UVA rays.

Purchase Sunscreen and Book a Facial Procedure

Elite Facial Plastic Surgery carries Skin Medica products – a line which offers anti-aging moisturizers with SPF protection. Contact us to learn more or to book a procedure that will also benefit the health of your skin.

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