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Why Wear Sunscreen?

The question is often asked: "Why wear sunscreen... does it really work?" Experts agree that sunscreen is effective... yet it's not foolproof.

Who recommends sunscreen?

Several studies by health leaders in the United States lend credence to the importance of sunscreen. The following organizations declare sunscreen a necessary tool in the prevention of skin cancer:

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • US Department of Heath and Human Services

Your first action should be to avoid the sun as much as possible. Experts agree that sunscreen is the next best defense against skin cancer.



Excessive sun exposure is thought to be the primary cause of skin cancer. Sunbathing and tanning appears to be responsible for the rise in skin cancer rates.

"Skin cancer in the United States is an unrecognized epidemic."
--American Academy of Dermatology

The Mayo clinic reports that fully one-half of all new cancers are skin cancer. Increasing at the rate of 6% per year, one million new cases occur annually. And skin cancer is occurring at a much younger age than ever before.

A little vanity

Would you like to ward off premature aging... a.k.a. wrinkles? Experts claim that 90% of deteriorating skin changes are due to sun damage, not old age. Then there are the nasty, rough bumps known as solar keratosis... not attractive! Sunscreen goes a long way in preventing such damage: View our sunscreen products

Healthy skin, healthy body

Some claim a tan is healthy. Why wear sunscreen if this is true? But experts state there is no safe level of tanning. Small doses of unprotected sunshine - 15 minutes at a time, a few days a week - is a good source of vitamin D. A suntan, however, indicates that the skin has been damaged. Excessive sun exposure may also suppress your immune system. This in turn can interfere with your body's natural ability to ward off infection and disease.

Who needs sun protection?

Everyone! Yes, some individuals are more susceptible to skin cancer, such as those with fair skin, blue eyes or skin that freckles or burns easily. These people need to be extra vigilant. But catching too many rays will harm even those with dark skin.

Sunscreen products that we recommend to our patients:

Elta MD


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Elta MDEltaMD Sun Protection

All EltaMD sunscreens are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens.

EltaMD offers the most complete line of sun protection products in the skin care industry. With six unique formulas, there is one for every patient and unique skin type. All EltaMD sunscreens are hypoallergenic and sensitivity free, appropriate for use on all skin types. Four of the EltaMD formulas contain 9% zinc oxide, one of the highest percentages available, and EltaMD offers more formulas designed for specific uses than anyone in the marketplace. EltaMD products are ONLY sold to patients through physicians...not to spas or salons.

We can help identify the appropriate skin care and sun care product for your skin. We carry the following EltaMD sun care products:

  • EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46
  • EltaMD UV Shield SPF 45
  • EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40
  • EltaMD UV Facial SPF 30+
  • EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41
  • EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50
  • Elta MD UV Pure SPF 47
  • Elta MD UV Daily Tinted

Visit the EltaMD website for more info:

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Blue Lizard Sunscreen

Blue Lizard

Blue Lizard sunscreen is the #1 dermatologist recommended sunscreen. Blue Lizard features chemical free sunscreens (baby sunscreen and sensitive formula), sport sunscreen, regular sunsceen and facial sunscreen.

We carry the following Blue Lizard products:

  1. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Baby
    • 10% micronized Zinc Oxide, 5% micronized Titanium Dioxide
    • Smart Bottle™ turns pink in UV light
  2. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Sensitive
    • 10% micronized Zinc Oxide, 5% micronized Titanium Dioxide
    • Smart Bottle™ turns blue in UV light
  3. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Sport
    • SPF 30+
    • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
    • Very Water Resistant
    • 6% Zinc Oxide
  4. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Regular
    • 6% micronized Zinc Oxide
    • Smart Bottle™ turns blue in UV light
  5. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Face
    1. 8% micronized Zinc Oxide
    2. Caffeine, Green Tea, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid
    3. Lightweight, daily wear moisturizer
    4. Smart Bottle™ turns blue in UV light

Visit the Blue Lizard website for more info:

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MDSolarSciences SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Why We Love it:
Non-whitening formula glides on flawlessly and delivers powerful mineral protection that is perfect for on-the-go application

Description: Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB Sunscreen. For All Skin Types. Convenient and portable. Easy-to-apply stick fits in backpacks, gym bags and handbags, making it a perfect companion for any activity.

Lightweight and water-resistant up to 80 minutes, this oil-free formula helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer with Eco-cert certified mineral UV protection and is gentle enough for the whole family – even kids 6 months and older.

Visit the MDSolarSciences website for more info:

Protect and Sever

Epionce Daily Shield Tinted Lotion, SPF 50

Why We Love it:
Perfect for all skin types - even sensitive skin - the very water resistant formula is enhanced with botanical ingredients for antioxidant benefits.

Description: Tinted SPF 50 sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection that evens out skin tone while imparting a natural-looking healthy glow.

Providing sheer protection in just the right amount of color to let skin look bare, Epionce Daily Shield Lotion SPF 50 is ideal for daily use alone or under makeup to provide optimum protection from UV exposure. The one shade blends flawlessly making it ideal for most skin types and tones.

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False sense of security

The downside of using sunscreen is the belief that you can spend extra time in the sun as long as you slather it on. Sunscreen does not provide 100% protection, however. Use sunscreen as a tool that allows you to spend time outside enjoying life. Just don't spend too much time in the sun. Sunscreen is but one piece of the protection puzzle. For the best plan of action, follow these guidelines:

  • Schedule outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon. The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Hang out in the shade. Sip a cool one under an umbrella, canopy, or tree. Be aware, however, shade does not offer complete protection.
  • Wear clothing that shields your body. A hat with a wide brim guards face, ears, neck and eyes. Add a long-sleeved shirt and pants for complete protection. Choose a tight weave and a loose fitting style.
  • Don't forget those cool shades! Choose sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection (as stated on the label).

Why wear sunscreen? Protection from the sun is the single most effective means to maintaining young looking, healthy skin. Read Anne's Sunscreen Secrets to learn more>




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