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Is The Sunscreen In Your Makeup Enough?

Is The Sunscreen In Your Makeup Enough?

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It’s time to start thinking about sunscreen.  After this winter, who isn’t ready for some sunshine! But are you ready to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays?  The sunscreen in your make up is not enough.  There are a number of reasons that sunscreen in makeup isn’t the same as applying a good, sunscreen. The first is that it’s a secondary purpose of the product, what I mean is that the goal of the makeup is to be just that – makeup (foundation, powder, etc.) which is used to cover imperfections and uneven facial tone.

Even though some makeup has sunscreen ingredients, it doesn’t have the capabilities to protect against UVA and UVB rays.  It would take most people 7 layers of foundation and 14 layers of powder to get the SPF coverage stated on the makeup packaging.  And to keep that level of protection one would need to reapply several times a day.  Who would do that?  Sunscreen makeup simply isn’t doing enough to protect skin from aging.

Another thing to think about is that when you are applying sunscreen you also need to apply it to the neck, chest, ears, arms, and hands, as well as the face. We often forget that we need to be applying our sunscreen to all exposed body parts.  Who puts makeup on all of those body parts?

The most important step in your daily care regimen is a broad spectrum sunscreen.  Broad spectrum sunscreen products are the number one defense against ultra violet (UV) rays that we have to help protect the skin. We recommend that you purchase a good broad spectrum sunscreen and apply it every single day to all exposed areas even when it’s cloudy and gloomy outside.

How do I choose what sunscreen is best for me?

It is known that UV-induced free radical damage can occur when the UVA and UVB rays break down the active ingredients in sunscreens.  PCA Skin, which is our primary skin care line, has five unique formulations of sunscreens to fit any skin type or condition.  Each broad spectrum sunscreen also contains advanced antioxidants, silybin (which is derived from milk thistle) and caffeine to provide additional protection against UV-induced free radical damage

The Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommend using a teaspoon of a broad spectrum sunscreen to cover your face, chest and ears.  They also recommend reapplying every 2 hours.  The FDA also recommends that you use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF value of 15 or higher and limit the time you are in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.  Following these recommendations is also part of the key to great skin. Quite simply, one’s makeup just isn’t going to cut it as a sunscreen.  Contact one of our Estheticians today to schedule a skincare consultation to assure you are using the best products for your unique skin type and condition.

 PCA Sunscreens


Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – a light broad spectrum sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with the technology of ultra-sheer zinc oxide and a blend of additional sunscreen ingredients. Its unique quick-absorbing and light finish makes Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ideal for patients with oily or breakout-prone skin and those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreen products.

Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – a revolutionary broad spectrum UVA/UVB product combines the protective benefits of ultra-sheer zinc oxide and other potent sunscreen agents with licorice, mulberry and bearberry extracts to encourage an even skin tone. Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is suitable for all skin types and is also recommended following peels, lasers and other in-office procedure.

Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – this non-oily daily hydrator with SPF is formulated with aloe vera and panthenol to provide light moisture with a matte finish. It provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage with the protective benefits of ultra-sheer zinc oxide and additional sunscreen agents. Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is best for patients with normal to oily skin types.

Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – this emollient and nourishing moisturizer with SPF is formulated with a blend of UV-protecting ingredients, including ultra-sheer zinc oxide, that provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is specifically formulated with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA for dry or dehydrated skin. It also contains the important antioxidants silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine.

Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – this unique formulation provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection with a light finish. The blend of UVA/UVB protecting sunscreen agents, including ultra-sheer zinc oxide, provides sun-shielding benefits. Tested to protect for 80 minutes in water, it is the perfect choice for an outdoor lifestyle.

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