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When you know you’ll be spending hours out in the sun, where do you go to purchase your sunscreen? Chances are you run to the nearest drugstore or grab it while you’re shopping for groceries. Though these products may be easy on your wallet, how effective are they at protecting your skin? The specialists at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care share why you should consider a clinical-grade sunblock.
A few months ago, Consumer Reports put drugstore sunscreens to the test, finding that 43% of the lotions, sprays and sticks failed their SPF test. A few brands that label their product as SPF 50 actually tested around SPF 8, which had consumers questioning some of the most trusted sunscreen brands.
However, this isn’t to say that all sunscreens on the market can’t be trusted, as there are drugstore brands that have been proven effective. But by opting for a clinical sunscreen recommended by your skin care specialist, you can be confident that the product is safe, effective and most importantly, dermatologist-approved!
Clinical sunscreens are typically designed for your specific skin type, which is why a skin care professional will recommend the best option for you. While they are conscious of dry, oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, these customized sunscreens are also available to help tackle multiple skin concerns. Most drugstore sunblock is not created with skin types in mind.
For example, EltaMD’s UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ is designed for moderate to dry skin. It provides UVA and UVB sun protection, and is ideal for patients who have had laser or IPL treatments, microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Drugstore sunscreens aren’t always safe for post-procedure skin, which is a huge benefit of choosing a brand such as EltaMD.
Another great example of a multi-purpose product is Jan Marini’s Rejuvenate & Protect duo. This pair not only comes with Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33, but their C-ESTA Serum as well. The serum works to reduce lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tones, and the face protectant helps prevent sun damage while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
With the advances in skin care, clinical companies have also learned how to make the application of sunscreen easier for patients. In other words, you don’t have to lather on a thick, greasy lotion or cream to protect your skin.
Colorescience has done a wonderful job of incorporating sun protection into several everyday beauty products. Created with zinc and titanium, this line of clinical products is chemical-free and provides high-performance UV protection. Primers, foundation, lip gloss and their award-winning mineral sunscreen brushes are all available to ensure your skin is protected at all times.
At the end of the day, the brand of sunscreen you use makes a huge difference. Whether your preferred sunblock is from EltaMD, Jan Marini or Colorescience, there’s a product available that can provide sun protection while benefitting your skin in several other ways.