The sun in Colorado can be fierce, and strong rays bring an increased risk of sun damage, so don’t skip the sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is not only important for preventing early sun damage, but it also protects you from the very real danger of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of those cancers that can develop for a long time before it’s caught, so as with everything, the best treatment is prevention.
Choosing The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin
First, let’s start with the SPF label. SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” It measures how well the sunscreen protects from ultraviolet B rays (the ones primarily responsible for sunburn). SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, and SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. The word broad-spectrum on the label means the product contains ingredients that help to shield the skin from UVB and UVA rays (Ultraviolet A rays accelerate age-related skin damage and largely contribute to the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The skin cancer foundation recommends daily use of sunscreen.
All these things considered we recommend the Epionce line of SPF 50 sunscreens. They are perfect for all skin types; even sensitive skin and the very water-resistant formula is enhanced with botanical ingredients for antioxidant benefits.
They offer a tinted version that evens out skin tone while imparting a natural-looking healthy glow, and a light, quick-absorbing Ultra Shield sunscreen that offers daily broad-spectrum protection against damaging UVA/UVB rays from the sun.
Don’t Forget The Lips
Our lips need some love, too. The delicate skin of our lips is prone to drying out, sun damage, and other afflictions due to dry climate living. Lips are even vulnerable to developing skin cancer; it really is that important to protect the skin of your lips as part of your skincare routine. Using a product with an SPF is a great idea, especially for days you will spend a lot of time outside.
Skin Care Tips to Avoiding Skin Cancer:
No product can eliminate the risks of sun exposure. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. People of all skin colors are at risk for this damage.
You can reduce your risk by:
- Limiting your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Wearing clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun, such as long-sleeve shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brim hats.
- Reading the label to ensure you use your sunscreen correctly.
- See a dermatologist yearly to screen for any early stages of skin cancer
The skin professionals at Laguna Med Spa are here to guide you as you prepare your skin for the summer months. If you are in Parker, CO, or the surrounding Denver metro areas, contact us and schedule a skin consultation.