This summer, don't forget to protect your permanent makeup with well selected sunscreen.
Sunscreen not only protects your skin and helps you maintain a fresh look for years to come, but it also protects your permanent cosmetics. Permanent cosmetics and delicate skin can be damaged by the sun's rays year round, but summer time is a time to be particularly vigilant with applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day.
We recommend using Chap Stick Ultra (35 SPF Plus) or Banana Boat in a stick. These products are great for protecting both lips and eyebrows. Apply Chap Stick each morning on permanent eyebrows, and if in the sun, take Chap Stick in your makeup bag to reapply every two to three hours. It's easy to use, inexpensively found in the drugstore, and will not run in your eyes. Remember to wear sunglasses as well.
Did you know that nearly one third of people never use sunscreen according to a study published in Consumer Reports? In addition, almost 70 percent admitted to only using sunscreen occasionally. These findings are concerning considering that many dermatologists say forgoing sunscreen is the worst mistake you can make for your skin. Not only does sunscreen prevent premature aging, brown sunspots, and wrinkles, it is often our sole protector against skin cancer.
When looking to purchase your sunscreen for the summer, not just any sunscreen will do. Follow these basic rules when it comes to shopping for your sun protection this year.
Read labels and make sure you're getting UVA protection. While UVB rays burn the skin and have traditionally been thought to be the most important rays to avoid, UVA rays have been found to be extremely dangerous as well.
Be sure to choose an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF sun protection factor refers to how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned. SPF 30 buffers 97 percent of the sun's rays.
Don't rely on SPF in your makeup and moisturizer to keep your skin safe. This is one common mistake that women often make. Since makeup spreads and comes off easily, SPF in makeup offers relatively poor protection from the sun's rays.
Look for sunscreens with antioxidants and extra sun protection such as vitamin C and E, soy, and green tea. These all offer extra protection against the sun's harmful rays because they help your immune system.
In the past, most consumers were under the impression that since UVB rays were the main culprits when it comes to actual sun burning your skin/turning it red, that only UVB protection was needed. People once thought that UVA rays only innocently tanned the skin and gave it a healthy glow. Many sunbathers mistakenly welcome UVA rays in hopes that they will give them get a deep dark tan.
Dermatologists now know that UVA rays actually penetrate the skin even deeper than UVB rays, causing premature aging, brown spots, and in the worst cases, causing melanoma to develop.
UVA accounts for more than 95 percent of the UV rays we're exposed to and, compared to UVB rays, generates far more free radicals. Keep in mind that "Broad spectrum" or "complete protection" labeled on sunscreen may mean there is some UVA protection but you must always read beyond that. Since the FDA currently has no regulations on how to measure and label the degree of UVA protection in sunscreens, you'll want to look for sunscreens that "meet the standards from the skin cancer foundation."