Combining Sunscreens And Antioxidants For Photoprotection
With summer just around the corner things are beginning to really heat up! With increased exposure at the pool or the beach, make sure you protect your skin! The leading cause of visible signs of aging, including wrinkles, sunspots, fine lines, and sagging is sun exposure. The first and most important step in protecting yourself from sun damage is using sunscreen. Sunscreens alone though are not enough for complete protection from damaging UV rays. For a comprehensive approach, your sunscreen must be combined with an antioxidant serum.
Sunscreen can only partially protect us from the damage caused by UV rays. When the rays are absorbed into our skin, they generate free radicals, which cause aging and skin damage. Exposure to environmental factors including smoke and air pollution can also cause premature aging. Studies have shown that antioxidants neutralize these chemical reactions that are created when skin is exposed to environmental elements.
By layering an antioxidant underneath your sunscreen every morning, you are helping to neutralize the free radicals that sunscreen does not affect. Antioxidants can protect from environmental aggressors as well as promote natural repair and correction of the skin. When used together, a topical antioxidant serum and broad spectrum sunscreen provide advanced protection against aging and skin damage due to UV rays, infrared radiation, and pollution. Antioxidants work from the inside, and sunscreens work on the outside.
Larimar Medspa carries antioxidant serums from SkinCeuticals and Neocutis. We also have a vast array of broad spectrum sunscreens including: SkinCeuticals, Neocutis, Obagi, EltaMD and Blue Lizard. Schedule a free consultation with one of our Estheticians to see which products are right for your skin type.
*This article courtesy of Deidre Thompson, Licensed Esthetician