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Protect Your Laser Treatment Investment by Using the Right Sunscreen!

By Loretta Zanetti, ARNP at Erasable Inc.

Summer is here in full force and if you live in Florida, summer is 365 days a year.

Are you using the right sun protection?

Did you know that not all sunscreens are created equal? There are two types of sunscreens, physical and chemical. How do you know if you are using the right one?

Physical sunscreens create a barrier on the skin that physically blocks the sun’s rays from absorbing into the skin. Physical sunscreens are ideal for skin that is healing from trauma or from procedures such as chemical peels or laser treatment. The primary ingredient in physical sunscreens is titanium oxide or zinc oxide. Unfortunately, most formulations leave a thick, chalky looking appearance. A great formulation that doesn’t leave that thick chalky appearance and allows makeup to glide on smoothly is SkinMedica® Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing harmful rays and converting them into heat. Chemical sunscreens are very effective but should be avoided on skin that is healing or is post-treatment because it can be not only irritating but it can also increase heat to already sensitive skin which impedes the healing process.

If you are looking for an every day sunscreen and you are not post-treatment, SkinMedica’s newest product Total Defense and Repair Sunscreen is considered a “superscreen”. It is a chemical sunscreen that not only blocks UVA/UVB rays but also infrared rays. It contains anti-aging components so it not only prevents future damage but it also helps to correct past damage.

Enjoy the sunny lazy days of summer without putting your skin at risk by choosing the right sunscreen for your skincare needs.

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