We’ve been conditioned to believe that sun exposure has a negative impact on our health. However, as with most things in life, moderation is key. You needn’t barricade yourself in a dark room to protect your skin. In fact, sunlight is essential in helping our bodies produce the crucial nutrient, Vitamin D. Without Vitamin D, a whole myriad of conditions can rear their ugly heads. Obviously, too much of a good thing is, well… too much.
This is Why It’s Important to Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure.
Our hands and face are particularly vulnerable to sun damage since they receive most of the exposure to the sun’s rays. On this end of the spectrum, overexposure can lead to accelerated aging, manifesting in visible signs such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Additionally, on a much more serious scale, excessive, prolonged sun exposure can raise the risk for skin cancers, such as carcinomas and melanomas.
The advances made in sun protection have evolved in leaps and bounds in the last few years. Achieving a healthy, sunkissed glow while still shielding your skin from sun damage is easier than ever. The best part is, all of this can be attained with the use of natural earth-based ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These mineral-based ingredients have been used for decades to block out the sun’s harmful UV rays, but now their unsurpassed sun protection benefits are available without the white pastiness.
THE GOOD. THE BAD. AND THE UGLY
Be aware of the fact that many commercial sunblocks on the market contain chemicals that can have a negative impact on your health.
Common ones to avoid include hormone disrupters like Oxybenzone and Oxtinoxate. The chemical Octocrylene is particularly irritating to sensitive skin, causing reactions, so should also be avoided. Other ingredients such as Avobenzone and Homosalate break down easily, making your sunscreen less stable.
Remember, it’s all about finding the safest and the perfect sunscreen that will suit your skin. So you can be sun ready and healthy at the same time!
Finding the Good. What to Look for in a Sunscreen
How do you choose the right sunscreen for your needs? Here are some general guidelines that can help you decide on the best options for your requirements and lifestyle:
Consider how long you’ll be out in the sun. SPF (sun protection factor) helps determine how long you can safely remain in the sun before overexposure becomes an issue. For instance, if you spend the majority of your time indoors, with short periods of time outside, a sunscreen offering an SPF of 15 may be adequate. On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time outside, you’ll want to kick it up a few notches to ensure that you don’t outstay the effectiveness of your sunscreen. You should always re-apply every 2 hours.
Use a product tailored to your lifestyle. If you’re active and sweat a lot, finding a sweat/waterproof sunscreen is going to be essential to ensuring full protection. Perhaps you just need a light sunscreen to wear under your makeup. Many are formulated for sensitive skin and to be non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).
Natural is usually better. A sunscreen that contains “supportive” ingredients in addition to a natural SPF can actually help improve your skin’s health. Look for products that contain botanicals and natural ingredients.
Choosing a sunscreen that’s just right for you should be easy. Follow these tips and guidelines, and you’ll be on your way to healthier, protected skin!
Our Healthy Sunscreens
Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is optimal for all skin types including oily or acne-prone skin. This pharmaceutical grade water-based facial sunscreen provides true broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 30 protection in a light, sheer formulation that absorbs quickly into the skin. This elegant formulation is ideal for daily use and may be used alone, under makeup, on compromised skin post-procedure or with photosensitive medications.
– Provides daily UV protection for environmentally challenged skin
– Provides true broad-spectrum UVA, UVB and SPF 30 protection
– Elegant formulation optimal for use either alone or under makeup
– Great for all skin types including oily or acne-prone skin
– Ideal for use post-procedure or with photosensitive medications
– Light, sheer, water-based formula absorbs quickly into the skin
– Fragrance-freeVivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a silky, soft and weightless pharmaceutical-grade sunscreen. It contains a unique combination of UV filters that provide a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, powerful antioxidants and silica which gives it a sheer, soft-touch texture. It spreads evenly onto the skin and dries quickly, leaving no residue. Ideal for all skin types, even post-procedure.
– Pharmaceutical-grade broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection
– Matte, soft touch texture with a weightless, no-residue finish
– Essential part of daily skin care
– Ideal for use alone or with makeup
– Can be used following a Vivier Peel™ or non-ablative in-office procedures
– Ideal for all skin types, even post-procedure
– Oil-free, fragrance-free, PABA-free and recommended by physicians