We all know about the importance of sunscreens and rightfully so. Most notably, sunscreens block the photons of UV light which enter the skin knocking electrons off of atoms. This creates a free radical cascade that damages cell membranes, vital cellular structures, breaks down collagen and elastin and creates DNA mutations that can go on to become skin cancers. Over time, unprotected skin shows the ravages of the sun in the form of pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, thickened leathery skin and the fore mentioned skin cancers. That is why you hear skincare experts and mothers around the world reminding us all to “Wear your Sun Screen!” In fact, we should all wear sunscreen daily, making it a part of our morning routine and using extra when we will be out in the sun for prolonged periods. So put it on and always make sure that you apply your sunscreen to clean, dry, oil free skin and allow up to 30 minutes before sun and especially water exposure.
Sunscreens have been classified into 2 main groups, Chemical and Physical. Chemical sunscreens are compounds that bind to the skin and selectively absorb the photons of light as they enter. Physical sunscreens such as micronized Zinc and Titanium sit on the surface of the skin. It is often taught that physical sun screen sits on the surface and reflects the sun rays, but in fact, physical sunscreen actually absorbs the photons of UV light much like their chemical counterparts. The real difference is how the sunscreens interact with the skin. Chemical sunscreens absorb into the outer layers of the skin and physical sunscreens sit on the surface. In the past, physical agents were not very water resistant but these days, physical blocking agents can be very water resistant. Sun screens are available in formulations containing pure physical, pure chemical or a combination of the two. It’s best to use one that contains the physical blockers solely or a combination.
As a cornerstone of skin cancer prevention and premature skin aging, the brands of sunscreen we carry says a lot about that company and the quality of the products they produce. EltaMD™ is the main sunscreen brand that we use at MediSpa Maui. We do so secondary to their commitment to superior products at a reasonable prices. We recommend EltaMD because they provide safe, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in natural zinc-based, cosmetically elegant formulations that are non-comedogenic, sensitivity free, fragrance free and paraben free. This is important to us because our patients are looking for effective products that will not irritate their skin and because we need these ultra-pure products after many of our cosmetic procedures. The EltaMD sun care line includes a complete spectrum of products, both pure physical and combinations, effective for every skin type and condition, daily wear and water/sweat-resistant. Wearing an EltaMD sunscreen every day can help prevent signs of premature aging, protects against photodamage and prevents skin cancers and other sun-related skin diseases, so be sure you are using it daily!
EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46
For skin types including those prone to Acne, Rosacea or Hyperpigmentation.
9% Micronized Zinc Oxide, 5% Niacinamide, lightweight, Oil free facial sunscreen
This is far and away the most popular sunscreen in our office for acne prone and individuals with oily skin. And because we have a large acne clinic, many of our patients enjoy the added benefits of this sun screen. The added niacinamide has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and the product sits well on problematic skin. This is an ideal day-wear for all skin types, how nice to be protected without even feeling like you’re wearing sunscreen.
EltaMD UV Shield SPF 45
For all skin types, including Oily
9% Micronized Zinc Oxide, light, oil-free face and/or body
This light, oil free sunscreen is also an excellent option for daily wear. Our patients love it for use on the body and it’s great for those prone to chest and back acne. If you need sweat/water resistant options, take a look at the UV Physical and UV Sport.
EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40
For Normal, Combination and Dry skin types
9% Micronized Zinc Oxide, Hyaluronic acid, light hydrating facial sunscreen
This sunscreen is popular as a daily-wear for our patients who have Normal, Dry or Combination skin. It’s formulated for the face and protects your skin while the added hyaluronic acid hydrates, leaving your skin protected and feeling fresh and clean. So put on your morning antioxidants and growth factors, your UV Daily, and your mineral powder (for the ladies), and you are ready to face the day!
EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50
For All Skin Types
9% Micronized Zinc Oxide, very water/sweat resistant, won’t drip in eyes/safe for children
As a surfer and skincare expert, Dr. Brian Stolley is determined to protect his skin, but every so often, the surf calls in the middle of the day. And when it does, he wears UV Sport, as does his wife and kids on those great Maui beach days. And if he is going to be in the water for an extended period of time, he will create a little extra protection, layering UV Physical over the Sport for extra solar armor.
EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41
For All Skin Types, Including Post-Procedure Skin
9% Micronized Zinc Oxide, water-resistant, tinted, oil free face and/or body
We initially brought this in purely as our post-procedure sunscreen and it quickly became popular with our patients and staff. This pure physical, chemical free, tinted sunscreen is most regularly used on the face but can also be used on the body. We advise to use it cautiously on the body as the tint comes off on clothing.
What is your favorite sunscreen?
To purchase EltaMD products, visit www.StolleySkinCare.com