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Sunscreen in San Diego

Sunscreen in San Diego:

We are so lucky to have mild temperatures and bright sunshine, especially in February! This unfortunately means there are also more skin cancers in our region as well as more photoaging (i.e. freckles, various sun spots, and wrinkles).

We recommend a “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF 30 or above. Studies have shown that we only apply half the amount recommended, so we really only get an SPF of 8 or 15. Make it a regular part of your morning routine and try to apply a little more than you would normally prefer.

We highly suggest you use a sunscreen containing zinc or titanium. Zinc and titanium are “physical sunscreens,” as they scatter the UV radiation, whereas chemical sunscreens absorb the radiation.We also recommend zinc and titanium because they block some of the visible light spectrum and help improve and prevent skin conditions such as Melasma and Rosacea. Chemically based sunscreens alter the wavelength into infrared, which is heat energy. This energy can make you feel hot, and this type of sunscreen tends to cause more skin sensitivity issues and reactions. The chemicals also eventually break down, thereby decreasing your sun protection throughout the day.

Sunscreens we recommend:
Elta MD (has tinted versions so you don’t have a white tint)
Neutrogena Sensitive
Neutrogena Clear & Pure
Aveeno Natural Protection

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