What you should know about suncscreen

What you should know about sunscreen.

It is no secret that we all want to age gracefully – and if you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours in the skincare aisle looking for the best possible products to make that dream a reality. Unfortunately, the skincare aisle tends to be slightly confusing, especially when it comes to sunblock. UVA and UVB? Physical? Chemical? All of these labels can tend to get quite daunting and they leave you wondering what these words actually mean and what products will benefit you in the long run.

As a kid, you probably remember being on your week long beach vacation and hearing your mom nag you to put sunblock on, every hour, on the hour. Looking back now, I am so thankful for all the white covered noses and slippery lotion that took over on those beach days. With the depletion of the ozone layer, there has been a substantial increase in our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen and sunblocks are able to block these rays, which greatly reduces the chances of getting sunburns or worse, skin cancer. 

“So which sunblock should I use?”

You have probably seen the words “Physical” and “Chemical” on your sunscreen bottles before. But have you ever actually known the difference? Most people don’t. 

A chemical sunscreen can be compared to a sponge. Chemical sunscreen is absorbed into your body, which then absorbs UV rays. This allows your body to convert those rays into heat to be released from your body. Whereas, a physical sunblock sits on top of your skin which then reflects the sun’s rays.

“But what exactly are these ‘Rays’”

The sun produces several different types of rays but the one you are probably most familiar with and the ones that are the most damaging to our skin are called ultraviolet, or UV, rays. The two basic types of UV rays that are able to reach our skin are UVB and UVA, and unfortunately, these rays are not your friend. They both are responsible for breaking down collagen. (Which is what helps keep your skin looking firm, plump and wrinkle free!) However, fortunately for you, adding a sun-block to your daily morning routine will help stop these rays from negatively affecting your skin.

Have you ever had a sunburn? If so, this is thanks to the overexposure of UVB rays. In addition to sunburns, UVB rays are also largely responsible for the formation of skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, which can be fatal. While UVA rays can also play a part in the development of skin cancers, they are also responsible for premature skin aging and wrinkle formation. UVA rays can be found year long,maintain their strength, even in the colder months, and can penetrate glass. This is why it is essential to get in the habit of applying sunblock because you never know when you will be headed outside, sitting near a window, or even staring at your computer screen. 

While natural blue light can give you amazing benefits, man-made blue light is incredibly toxic to your skin. Man-made blue light can be found in fluorescent lighting, LEDs, TV screens and smartphones, tablets and computers. Extended exposure to this light has led to eyestrain, blurred vision, sleep disruption, migraines and unfortunately, skin damage. Luckily, this blue light is no match for a tinted sunblock. 

The Wrap-Up 

While there may be some products that are better than others, the most important part about purchasing a sunblock is to actually use it. We work incredibly hard to keep our skin looking amazing, and sunblock is a step that will create a drastic difference. If you are having trouble finding a sunblock that is right for you, I recommend trying the Elta MD UV Elements Tinted sunscreen or the Neova Silc Sheer Tinted sunscreen. Both of these are able to protect you from artificial blue light, the sun’s harmful rays and will help you achieve the goal of aging gracefully.

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Alex grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Florida in 2016 to attend Florida Gulf Coast University. After graduating in 2020, she attended the University of Miami and received her Masters in Skin Biology. Alex has the long term goal of becoming a PA.

Jordan is another Naples, Florida homegrown! She comes to us with over 8 years of experience, previously specializing in vascular care. Jordan is also a busy mom of THREE boys, who finds her role of MOM as a source of inspiration and joy that fuels her commitment to making a positive impact professionally.

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Sharon is originally from the Boston area and has lived in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. Sharon came to us with 20 plus years of management and customer service experience. After staying at home to raise her twins for seven years she was excited to get back to work joining D-Lux Medspa in 2017. when she’s not working she enjoys cooking, gardening and has a passion for all things organization! Sharon and her husband Wayde also enjoy fishing trips, going diving with there children Carly and Chase or just going for a walk with their dog Ginger.

Alexis is a Naples Florida native who graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2019. Alexis brings her organizational skills along with her experience in the field of aesthetic management. When she’s not busy getting things ship-shape at DLux, you’ll find her soaking up the sun at the beach, enjoying boat trips, traveling and spending quality time with her adorable son Landon and two furry companions, Beau and Riley.

Nichole moved to SouthWest Florida 10 years ago after residing in Albuquerque New Mexico for most of her life. She met Dana not long after her arrival and they have been fast friends ever since. With a background in sales and graphic design Nichole brings her passion for delivering impeccable customer/patient service to her role at Dlux Medspa. When she’s not at the office she enjoys cooking (ask her about her old food blog!), being “artsy” and helping curate the Dlux Instagram accounts. She tries to avoid exercise at any cost, but somehow manages to get a work out in every once in a while, even if it is against her will.