The most important product in any skin care regimen is sunscreen! If you only put one product on all day it should be sunscreen. When buying your sunscreen you should look for a few things: Broad-spectrum: protects against both UVA (“Aging”) rays and UVB (“Burning”) rays. Agents to block UVA are Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789), Helioplex, mexoryl. Agents to block UVB: Cinnamates and PABA. SPF (Sun Protection Factor): indicates the amount of time an individual can stay in the sun without burning. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays and SPF 30 blocks 99% of UVB rays.
Here are a few of our favorites products for the face, body and over the counter. For the face we like Skinceuticals complete line (SPF 20, 30, 50), SkinMedica TNS SPF 20, Elta UV Clear (SPF 46), Elta UV Physical (SPF 41), Elta UV Daily SPF 40 (tinted & untinted), Colorescience SPF 50 Powder. For the body we recommend: Elta UV Aero spray (SPF 45) and Elta Sport SPF 50. There are also great over the counter products: Neutrogena products containing helioplex, Coppertone Water Babies (kids) Aveno Baby (kids).
We are big fans of sunless tanning products. They are a very safe method to add color to the skin with exposing yourself to the sun. The major ingredient in all self-tanners is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) this is a sugar that stains the outer keratin layer giving the appearance of a nice, even tan. These products are not sunscreens, so don’t forget your SPF! Some of our favorites: St. Tropez mousse (also love their “remover” product), Vita Liberata’s Phenomenal Tan Mouse, Jergen’s Natural Glow (daily moisturizer for body and face), Mystic Tan (available at Palm Beach Tan) and airbrush tans, and Glo Minerals Body Bronzer and Body Glisten Lotions.