You’ve been told by your Mother, your Dermatologist, your Esthetician, your doctor and your Grandmother, over and over and over again, to wear more sunscreen, keep re-applying during the day and make sure that it contains at the very least 30 SPF protection. Well, guess what people? Studies have shown that brief periods of unprotected sun exposure is actually beneficial to you and your skin.
Some of the benefits include heart disease reduction, diabetes prevention, Multiple Sclerosis prevention, cavity prevention, aches and pain relief, boosts fertility, reduces the risk of certain cancers, reduces issues with menstruation, Helps to heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, assistance with weight reduction, eases Inflammatory Bowel Disorders, increases your energy level and last but not least, sun exposure makes you happy!
So don’t worry if you forget to put your sunscreen on for a half hour in the morning before 10am or in the afternoon after 2pm and let that fantastic Vitamin D seep into your skin and your soul.
That being said, you absolutely DO need protection if you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time because over exposure can indeed cause skin cancer, wrinkles, permanent sun spots or damaged skin.
My 11 year old neighbor, Mackenzie, recently performed a science experiment for school where she compared five different sunscreens and determined that the best sunscreen to buy with regards to ingredients and effectiveness is Palmer’s which you could find at any grocery or super store or pharmacy. Her experiment won second place throughout the entire sixth grade class!
We also found this great article about the best and worst scoring sunscreens that you should check out on the EWG website.
In addition, it is imperative to have full sun protection after one of the Renew Skin and Laser treatments. Leslie will direct you with the details about your sun exposure for each treatment.