Sun Protection 101

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Summer is just around the corner, and here in sunny colorado that means sun, sun, sun! Warmer weather means we will all be spending more time outside in the sun’s damaging rays. In honor of National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, we want to share some crucial information on sun protection.


Sun protection is absolutely essential to help prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. You may not know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma every hour. What does that mean for you? Sun protection is a crucial step in your morning skincare routine, but with so many options, choosing the right sun protection isn’t always an easy task. Let’s start with the basics:


What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?Untitled-1

The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). So what exactly does that mean?

UVA rays penetrate deeper into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer, than UVB rays and cause skin burning, premature skin aging, and wrinkles (photoaging).

UVB rays are most commonly associated with sunburns and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. UVB rays vary in intensity depending on the time of day and the time of year. They are generally the most intense between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm between the months of April and October.


What is the difference between chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreens absorb and dissipate UVA and UVB rays. Look for ingredients such as Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Avobenzone when looking at chemical sunscreens.

Physical sunscreens (or mineral sunscreens) scatter and reflect UVA and UVB rays by creating a physical barrier. They contain active mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which work by sitting on the surface of the skin instead of being absorbed, making them an ideal choice for sensitive skin.


#1 Sanitas Solar Block

Physical sunscreen

Skin type: all skin types

This is a physical sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays and protects from the sun as soon as it is applied (no wait needed). Solar Block is suitable for all skin types.

Application tip: Emulsify in hands, gently pat onto skin, and then rub in. This helps the zinc oxide blend with ease.

#2 Glo Therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30

Chemical sunscreen

Skin type: normal to dry

A lightweight, oil free formula that provides moisture to combat dehydration and dryness, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to guard against the sun’s damaging rays and a sheer hint of color to softly even tone and enhance skin’s radiance. This is a chemical sunscreen with a light, whipped texture making it ideal for summertime. Available in four shades: Dark, Medium, Fair and Light.

Application tip: Apply liberally at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Wear alone or under makeup. Reapply every 2-3 hours to maintain protection or as needed. Use daily.

#3 Glo Therapeutics Solar Shade SPF 50

Physical sunscreen

Skin type: all skin types, especially sensitive

This lightweight blend of natural, mineral sunscreens glides on skin and absorbs quickly, providing broad spectrum protection to shield against sun damage and prevent photoaging. Designed for delicate, sensitive skin, added antioxidants and conditioners gently soften and smooth to help preserve a youthful glow. Free of dyes, fragrance, parabens, gluten, nuts and soy.

#3 Glo Minerals Tinted Primer SPF 30

Physical sunscreen

Skin type: all skin types, especially oily or combination

This silky, oil free, tinted primer with pure mineral sun protection glides on to instantly even skin tone, mask imperfections and provide all day coverage. Wear alone for sheer radiance or prep foundation for a flawless complexion. Available in four shades: Dark, Medium, Fair and Light.

#5 Glo Therapuetics Oil Free SPF 40

Physical sunscreen

Skin type: all skin types

This facial sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection from the sun’s damaging rays while nourishing hydrators and antioxidants fortify the skin. Recommended for all skin types, and contains hyaluronic acid to help lock in moisture. It is a physical sunscreen and therefore is better for those with heat-activated skin (like those with rosacea and redness) because it deflects the heat and energy given off by the sun away from the skin.

Insider tip: This sunscreen is oil free, making it a great choice for lash clients.

Written by Meredith Fong

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