A Step by Step Guide to Beat the Heat this Summer
Dr. Ted Lain wants you to be safe this summer. And since he has been featured on famous TV talk shows, like Good Day Austin (Fox 7 News) and Cori Coffin (KVUE), as well as hundreds of websites and magazines, Dr. Lain understands what it takes to keep you safe from too much sunlight. Austin skincare is important. As the temperatures increase, you will need to protect your skin. UVA and UVB radiation from sunlight can increase your risk of developing certain types of skin cancer. As sunlight penetrates your skin, it can alter the DNA in your cells and create thymine dimers, your body can usually handle a few alterations and make the necessary repairs, but you are continuously exposed to a lot of the suns radiation, your body just can keep up and that is when skin cancer cells form. In order to protect your skin, you use sunscreen. You might even be looking at a green sun screen. With all the “greenwashing” going around, you can never tell which green product will actually protect your skin. Dr. Ted Lain wants you to have the information you need to protect your skin.
What kind of Sunscreen should we look for?
Take time to read about the sunscreen. If the brand you are looking at doesn’t have the follow, it is time to move on to a different brand.
• At least SPF 30: Anything less than an SPF rating of 30 is not going to give you the protection you need. It is okay to use anything more than SPF 30.
• Broad-spectrum: UVA and UVB rays are the problem children in sunlight. A good broad spectrum will help protect your body from both forms of radiation.
• Water resistant: Whether you are swimming, or sweating, water resistant sunscreen will help your skin keep that protective layer in place.
Which natural sunscreens are actually safe?
There is a lot of greenwashing out there and numerous products claim to be natural. If you look at the ingredients and see Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, you are good to go. If you see preservatives such as paraben and methylparaben, move on. If you see antioxidants, that is a good sign because the antioxidants will add in protection from sun damage. If the ingredients contain essential oils, run away. Essential oils in a sunscreen are completely unnecessary. They might be natural, but they can lead to rashes and skin irritation.
As a Dermatologist, what safe sunscreens can you recommend?
IF you are not concerned about preservatives, but you are worried about the chemicals contained in the sunscreen, you can choose products that are labeled with “sensitive skin”, or “baby”. These types of sunscreen contain natural ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and will be a lot gentler on your skin. If you see that your sunscreen contains Hydresia, don’t worry, it is a natural ingredient. If you want to avoid any type of artificial ingredient in your sunscreen, look for the organic label. Good brands include Badger and Kiss my Face.
Dr. Ted Lain’s Favorite Sunscreen Brands
Skin cancer rates have been increasing in Austin and throughout America. If you want to enjoy the sun this summer and not worry about increasing your risk for skin cancer, here are a few of Dr. Ted Lain’s favorite brands of sunscreen.
• Sheer Zinc Sunscreen Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 50: With only zinc oxide, this sunscreen is a pure physical blocker. This is a great option if you have sensitive skin or you want to avoid chemical ingredients.
• Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30+: This brand is a personal favorite of Dr. Ted Lain. With its superior water resistant formulation it is perfect for the beach or the pool. As an added reminder to lotion up, the bottle changes temperature when exposed to heat. The lotion is formulated to Australia’s high sunscreen standards.
• La Roche Posay Anthelios 45 Face SPF 45: You can use this brand under your makeup and its antioxidant formulation will help boost its protective ability.
• EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45: This lotion is white, but rubs in clear. It contains zinc oxide as a physical sun blocker and a chemical sunscreen. It water resistant and protects against UVA and UVB sunlight. It is free from the preservative paraben.
• SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 or 50+: One of the nicest things about this brand of sunscreen is it protects against UVA and UVB sun radiation, but also infrared rays. In the past, people thought infrared rays were harmless, but recent research has found that infrared radiation can indeed damage your skin.
Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology
Choose the right sunscreen and show your skin that you care. With Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology’s Austin Skincare, you can have beautiful skin.