The Screen and your Skin!

Be good to yourself, wear sunscreen!

Did you know that screen time is affecting your skin? 

We all know the damaging effects the sun has on our skin. UV rays aren’t good for anyone let alone your epidermis. We’ve been taught to lather our faces or any exposed skin with SPF creams, wear hats, and stay in the shade to minimize the effects from the sun.  But did you know that sitting in front of a computer screen, iPad and even your cell phone can damage your skin in the same way?!

Your time spent in front of electronic devices is damaging your skin!

The average person spends 8-12 hours per day on their computer, phone and other electronic devices. This is comparable to sitting 8 hours out in the sun! 

Did you just gasp, because we did!

High Energy Visible Light (HEV) breaks down the collagen in your skin just like the sun. However, unlike the sun, there are no symptoms – no sunburn or red patchy skin.  Instead HEV is crafty, you don’t even know your skin is being affected.

We know avoiding screen time is practically impossible, but there are creams to protect you while working, chatting, or searching the internet. 

At our clinic we offer both physical and chemical sunscreens not only to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, but also to protect you from the hours you spend in front of a screen.

Physical sunscreens are mineral based and contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They block UV rays by creating a barrier, or ‘block’ where the harmful rays bounce off, which is why they are often called sunblocks.  

Chemical sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb and scatter the UV rays.  

Most sunscreens that are SPF 30 and above and packed full of antioxidants will protect against some of HEV’s harmful damage.  However, only a sunscreen containing a specific HEV filter will fully protect against HEV rays.

ZO Skin Health sunscreens:

These non-greasy, quick drying sunscreens with a sheer matte finish offer broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, IR-A rays and shield skin from aging effects of high-energy visible (HEV) light. Most popular at our spa: 

Sunscreen + Primer SPF30

It has a universal tint and a silky matte finish help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. It can be used alone or worn under makeup for a more even, long-lasting application. 

Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50

Water and perspiration resistant, this sunscreen delivers superior protection during outdoor activities while hydrating the skin to prevent dryness. 

Alumier MD Sunscreens:

These physical sunscreens provide powerful broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays using a combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  Most popular at our spa:

Moisture Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 40

This innovative tinted physical facial sunscreen comes in 3 tints – Ivory, Sand and Amber.  It has a matte finish and is for normal to oily skin types.  It can also double as your daily foundation.

Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF42

This lightweight,  non-comedogenic, quick drying physical sunscreen protects all skin types including oily, red and acne prone.

Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 40

This silky and sheer physical sunscreen comes un-tinted or with a versatile tint.  It is great for all skin types.

Jane Iredale MakeUp:

We love this multifunctional makeup with built in SPF!

The face powders (pressed and loose), BB cream, Dream Tint, and Powder Me SPF are all physical sunscreens with varying SPFs.

Come by the clinic anytime to check out our SPF sunscreens and makeup, or book a free consultation! 

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