Importance of Sunscreen in Harsh Summer Conditions
With summer now in full effect, and with the harsh conditions of the latest ongoing heat waves plaguing the country these last few days, we should take heed in improving our skin care and protecting our skin from these harsh conditions.
With so many sunscreen products on the market today, how do we know which one, or ones, to choose from?
To help our patients to both navigate through all the available options, and also to select the right sunscreen for their skin type and to use them correctly and effectively can be a challenge.
Making Sunscreen Usage Habitual: Incorporating it into Daily Routines
Many doctors have stated that the key to successful usage of sunscreen is to make it habitual and part of a patient’s daily routine. By creating a daily routine, such as placing their sunscreen product next to something they use on a daily basis, such as a hairbrush for example, this would act as a daily reminder and can increase sunscreen usage so much more.
The right sunscreen, as well as the right information about sunscreens, is very important to give to patients. Misinformation about the different sunscreen products may confuse patients into believing that the wrong information is causing them to be misled, as well as trying a product that is not right for them.
Exploring New and Effective Sunscreen Ingredients
Technology is evolving every day and new products with better ingredients are emerging on the horizon. These are not just safe for us to use, but are also effective in protecting our skin. One such ingredient is the use of Bemotrizinol, which is currently being used in cosmetics, and is also being considered and being tested for over-the-counter sunscreens by the Food & Drug Administration.
Another way to guide patients in making the right choice regarding the appropriate sunscreen product is by educating them with the proper materials and facts.
For example, it is recommended that for daily use an individual should use a water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protector Factor (SPF) of at least 30 or more. Individuals who will be doing outdoors activities, such as exercise, the use of a sunscreen product with an SPF of at least 50 or greater is highly recommended. For individuals with darker skin types it is recommended that the use of a tinted sunscreen product, which can block out visible light to avoid hyperpigmentation, be utilized.
Personalize Sunscreen for Individual Skin Types
Another key factor to help improve your sunscreen product and its use would be having accessibility and personalizing sunscreen for patients. Most sunscreens on the market today can be very expensive and end up being a financial burden on some patients being able to afford. Even in a neighborhood pharmacy a more reasonably priced sunscreen can be okay, but may not fit what you truly need for proper skin protection. This is why it is important to have a more focused and individualized sunscreen personalized to fit your specific skin type, as foundations in cosmetics are today.
Some companies are even looking for alternatives to sunscreens by using organic or in-organic sunscreen filters. Of course, like with everything else in this world, organic and in-organic sunscreen filters have their own pros and cons, so researchers continue their daily search in finding new alternatives, such as using fruit and vegetable peels. Studies have shown that the metabolites in plants have not only antioxidant properties in them, but can also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well.
In addition, they can also absorb UV radiation, so this gives new hope in possibly using these fruit and vegetable peels as UV filters. More research has to be done, but so far these alternatives are very promising for the future.
Conclusion: Encouraging Informed Sunscreen Use
In Summary, it is important to bridge the line between facts about sunscreen to patients to make educated choices for themselves, and voicing and addressing their concerns about their safety.
It is important to listen to patients’ concerns and to offer new treatments when available, while also reminding them that this should always be part of their daily routine together with their own skincare regimens.
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