Sun Protection 101

Written by Keren Lai.

Summer is here and that means it is time to buddy up with your SPF! Here at GMS we are serious about sun protection.Sun exposure is responsible for most of the visible aging of your skin—far more than all other factors combined!

If you only do one thing for your skin, consistent sunscreen application is it.

It is important to know that not all sunscreens and sunblocks are created equal. There are two main types of sunscreens available, chemical and physical.

Chemical Sunscreens: absorb UV radiation and convert it into a small amount of heat. In the ingredients listed on the bottle, you may notice compounds such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octocrylene.

Physical Sunscreens: mineral compounds such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that work by reflecting and scattering UV light to protect your skin. These sunscreens tend to be easier on sensitive skin.

We recommend applying sunscreen using the “teaspoon and shot glass rule”: 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to the face and neck, and enough to fit a shot glass for exposed areas of your body. Be sure to reapply every two hours, or after every water exposure.

GMS’s staff favorite is UV Replenish by Elta MD. It is an oil-free physical sunscreen with moisturizing hyaluronic acid, making it perfect for all skin types. Stop by any of our three locations for a sample!

Happy Summer!