There is a wide variety of sunscreens available, including lotions, sprays, creams, gels, wipes, and lip balms, to name a few. These topical products absorb or reflect some, but not all, of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin to help protect against sun damage. But which one is right for you? Our practice can help you find the best sunscreen for your needs and lifestyle.
SPF - what's in a number?
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) provides an indication of how effectively a sunscreen can protect your skin from the ultraviolet-B (UVB) light - the rays that cause sunburn and skin cancer. A higher SPF number represents a higher level of protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen products with a sun protection factor of at least 30.
Today, sunscreens with SPFs as high as 100 are available, but a higher number doesn't necessarily mean more protection. For instance, many people believe a sunscreen with SPF 45 would give 3 times as much protection as one with an SPF of 15. This is not true. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%. SPF 50 sunscreens filter approximately 98% while SPF 100 provides 99%. The higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. No sunscreen can provide complete protection.
Apply Sunscreen Properly
Regardless of the SPF rating, sunscreen should be reapplied often for optimal protection. A majority of people do not apply a layer of sunscreen thickly, so the actual protection they get is less. For best results, most sunscreens must be reapplied at least every two hours, more often if you are swimming or sweating. Apply sunscreen generously, paying close attention to face, ears, arms, neck and all other areas exposed to the sun. Sunscreens do expire, so always check the expiration date to make sure it is still effective.
Too much exposure to sunlight can be harmful to your skin. Dangerous ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays damage skin, which leads to premature wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems. People with excessive exposure to UV radiation are at greater risk for skin cancer than those who take careful precautions to protect their skin from the sun.
Sun Exposure Linked to Cancer
Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. To limit your exposure to UV rays, follow these easy steps.
- Avoid the mid-day sun, as the sun's rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that clouds do not block UV rays.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
- Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps which emit UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear hats and protective clothing when possible to minimize your body's exposure to the sun.
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and area around your eyes.
Everyone's skin can be affected by UV rays. People with fair skin run a higher risk of sunburns. Aside from skin tone, factors that may increase your risk for sun damage and skin cancer include:
- Previously treated for cancer
- Family history of skin cancer
- Several moles
- Typically burn before tanning
- Blond, red or light brown hair
If you detect unusual moles, spots or changes in your skin, or if your skin easily bleeds, make an appointment with our practice. Changes in your skin may be a sign of skin cancer. With early detection from your dermatologist, skin cancers have a high cure rate and response to treatment. Additionally, if you want to reduce signs of aged skin, seek the advice of your dermatologist for a variety of skin-rejuvenating treatment options.
Discover the wonderful benefits of getting Botox in Fort Lauderdale, FL (serving Pompano Beach & Oakland Park).
Chances are good that you’ve heard about Botox, a cosmetic treatment that is able to tackle lines and wrinkles in the face to give you a natural and more youthful appearance. Of course, you may not know what goes into getting Botox. Sure, there are Botox parties and spas that offer this treatment, but if you want a safe, effective option it’s always a good idea to turn to your dermatologists in Fort Lauderdale, FL (serving Pompano Beach & Oakland Park), who has received proper Botox training to give you the results you want.
What is Botox?
Botox uses a purified form of botulinum toxin, which is injected into the muscles of the face to reduce the appearance of certain lines and wrinkles. This cosmetic treatment has been FDA-approved to target common wrinkles like frown lines or crow’s feet. Any wrinkles that appear when making facial expressions can be treated with Botox.
What should I expect when I get Botox?
This is often a great cosmetic option because Botox is only temporary, doesn’t require any recovery time and can be completed in only a few minutes. Some people hear the word “needles” and immediately cringe at the idea of getting Botox, but these injections are extremely thin and most people don’t notice more than a slight pinch when they are inserted into the skin. Of course, if the idea still gives you the heebie-jeebies then a numbing ointment can also be applied to the skin first so that you don’t feel a thing.
It’s normal for there to be some slight irritation, redness or swelling near the injection sites. Of course, this is only minor and won’t prevent you from going about your day. Some patients come in during their lunch break for treatment and head right back to work right after. The choice is up to you!
When will I notice results?
Botox results won’t appear right away. It will take a couple days to start seeing results, but the full effect of Botox treatment will appear within one week. Results last anywhere from 4-6 months, but if you love your new look you can also continue to get maintenance Botox treatments to keep your beautiful results lasting longer.
If you are interested in getting Botox or finding out what it could do for your appearance, it’s time you talked to your cosmetic dermatologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL (serving Pompano Beach & Oakland Park) to learn more. There might not be a Fountain of Youth but Botox can certainly get you one step closer to a younger-looking you.
Welcome to the Blog of Skin Center
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dermatologist in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area, we’re excited you are here. With the dermatology industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote skin health awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dermatology news, advancements in dermatology treatments, practical skin care advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best skin health.
As always, feel free to contact Skin Center with any dermatology questions or concerns.
-- The Dermatology Team at Skin Center
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