For years we’ve been warned to slather on the sunscreen during weeks at the beach, afternoons spent at outdoor sporting events and even during sunny days in the winter.
Thus, we tend to use sunscreen only to prevent the lobster-esque burns we’ve been taught to fear. This leaves many of us convinced that as long as we don’t come back from vacation looking like a roasted tomato, our golden glow passes as “a healthy dose of vitamin D.”
All Sun Exposure Comes at a Price
Here’s the short version; a sunburn is only the effect of exposure to UVB rays. If light from the sun was solely composed UVB rays, then, yes, those of us who have never had a sun burn might still have baby skin well into old age. However, science has shown us that dark spots, lost skin elasticity, fine lines and melanoma (and even shortened efficacy of your Botox injections!) are the result of the UVA and infrared rays, neither of which result in visible skin redness.
The Solution: Sunscreen (Always)
Protecting your skin from premature aging, skin cancer and extending the shelf life of your Botox injections begins with adding a broad spectrum sunscreen to your skincare regimen.“Broad spectrum” products protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. “SPF” stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a rough estimate of the amount of time your skin will be protected from UVB rays (SPF 30= 30 minutes of protection).
Recently, scientific discoveries regarding the impacts of infrared rays on our skin have revolutionized sunscreen formulas and the ways we view day-to-day sun exposure. For even greater skin protection, and to maximize your investment in cosmetic procedures like Botox and dermal fillers, look for products like Obagi’s Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 that protect against all three types of harmful rays.