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By Skin Cancer Foundation
August 13, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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Reading a sunscreen label shouldn’t be like deciphering a foreign language. But a recent study in JAMA Dermatology found that many people don’t understand how to read a sunscreen label or how the product protects the skin. Only 43 percent of survey respondents understood the meaning of an SPF value.

How to read a Sunscreen Label

 

Given these findings, we considered it a good time to brush up on sunscreen basics. Here are  explanations of key terms appearing on sunscreen labels that you should understand when selecting a product:

1. Broad Spectrum: It’s essential for your sunscreen to offer broad spectrum protection, which means that it offers effective protection against bothUVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB(ultraviolet B) rays, the solar wavelengths proven to damage the skin. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB, and are the chief cause of wrinkles, sagging and other signs of aging. UVB rays damage the skin’s upper surface and are the main cause of sunburn. Both cause skin cancer.

2. Sun Protection Factor (SPF): SPF is a measure of how long a person can stay in the sun before its UVB rays start to burn the skin.  Let’s say with no sunscreen, your skin starts to redden in 20 minutes. An SPF 30 will theoretically allow you to stay in the sun 30 times longer without getting burned.  But keep in mind that SPF numbers are determined in a lab. In the real world, no matter what the SPF, sunscreens start to lose effectiveness over time, so it’s important to reapply every two hours and after swimming or heavy sweating.  Also note that above SPF 50 the amount of additional sun protection is negligible. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends always using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher – SPF 30 or higher for extended stays outdoors.

3. Water-resistant: The terms “water-resistant” and “sweat-resistant” indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. Since no sunscreen is fully “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” the FDA prohibits these terms.

4. The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation: Look for our Seal to assure yourself that a product is safe and effective.  To earn the Seal, products must have their test results reviewed by an independent committee of photobiologists, experts in sun damage and sun protection.  The Daily Use Seal is for sunscreens intended to protect against brief everyday sun exposures, the kind you experience walking to the car or running errands. The Active Seal is for extended exposures such as when playing sports or at the beach.

5. Active ingredients:  This area of the label, often on the back of the bottle, lists the main ingredients in sunscreens that protect your skin against UV rays. There are two main types of active sunscreen ingredients: chemical and physical. Chemical ingredients such as avobenzone and benzophenone,work by absorbing UV, reducing its penetration into the skin, whereas physical ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide stay on top of the skin and deflect UV rays. Many sunscreens available today combine chemical and physical ingredients.

Published on September 9, 2015, Updated on May 2, 2016
By Emily Gottstein, PA
August 24, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

    Like you, I don’t like to look pasty white in the summer but I also know the dangers that can occur with repeated sun exposure and tanning. I’m so fair that I almost always burn in the sun.  Over the last two summers I’ve done some personal “research” to find the better self-tanners on the market.  I’ve tried all of these products on myself. I should also disclose that I don’t work for any of these companies or products; these are just my personal opinions. I tried many products over the past few years and will only talk about the ones I liked the most.

    First on the list is a product called “tan towel.” Each come individually sealed in a packer so each “towel” is fresh. Once opened it was easily applied all over my arms, legs and face. It dried quickly so I was able to dress in a matter of minutes and it has a fresh smell too! I applied it before bed so when I woke up the color developed and it was a nice tan color- no orange! There were some areas I missed because there is no color to your skin when you apply it, but you get better at applying it with time.

    Second on the list is a product called Mine Tan Foam. It came with an applicator mit so my palms don’t get tanned.  It has a fantastic coffee and coconut scent so I felt like I was on vacation. It was easy to apply because there was a light brown pigment in the product so I could tell where I applied it. It took a little longer to dry so a thin layer is better. I slept with it on and the next morning I woke up with a really glowing tan. Most people though I has laid in the sun!

    Lastly, if you are looking for a less expensive tan, Jergens Natural Glow actually worked pretty well. In my opinion, it doesn’t have a bad smell. Even though my skin tone is light, I though the “medium to dark” lotion gave me a better tan color. The “light to medium” lotion gave me a more orange color.

    So, these are my favorite self-tanner picks. A few tips: follow the directions on the bottle, always exfoliate ahead of time and wash your hands after applying so you don’t have tan palms. 

Happy Self-Tanning!

    

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
July 10, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Microneedling  

It sounds scary, but I can tell you from personal experience, it’s not!

Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment we offer in our office. It has little to no downtime after it too! It’s a minimally invasive treatment that uses small surgical needles that oscillate very quickly to create small micro cuts in the skin. By creating these small cuts a healing cascade is stimulated which includes the production of collagen. Collagen is what gives our skin its strength, elasticity and ability to bounce back. Microneedling can be used as a treatment for brown spots, wrinkles, redness and stretch marks to name a few.

The treat itself is mildly uncomfortable but is very quick and tolerable. After the treatment you may be pink or red for 48 hours but the redness from my treatment lasted only about 8 hours. 

As always, it’s very important to apply sunscreen after your treatment and every morning!

Call our office for your free microneedling consultation today!

By Susan Peterson
December 06, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Juvederm   Volbella  

Who doesn’t want to be more kissable! This holiday season be prepared to be under the mistletoe. Volbella gives you subtle enhancement of your lips and helps with softening of those “smoker’s lines.” By a simple injection of hyaluronic acid you will receive natural looking and long lasting results that will make you more kissable and ready to be under the mistletoe!

                                                   

By Dr. Accetta
December 05, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Kybella   Fat injectables  

    Our office is now offering Kybella treatments for fullness under the chin (double chin). Non-surgical Kybella injections permanently destroy fat cells improving the contour of your neck. 
    Allergan manufactures Kybella (along with Botox and Juvederm) and is offering $100 instant rebate through January 31st, 2017 which we are matching for the next six patients who sign up. Call our office and speak to Ashley for more information. 

                                                                



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