Skin Care and Anti-aging Insights from Devan Jesmer and Skin Remedy MD

What is the Most Effective Product for Anti-Aging

Believe it or not, sunscreen is the best product for anti-aging. Maybe it’s not what you would expect, but investing in a sunscreen that you enjoy wearing every day, and reapplying 1-2x a day, or every 2 hours when outdoors, is the biggest investment you can make in your anti-aging skincare regimen.

Spending the time and money on SPF now, is an investment that helps save money down the road, when you would otherwise need to consider peels, lasers, micro-needling and other treatments to undo only some of the damage caused from unprotected time in the sun.

To put it simply— UV light is a class 1 carcinogen, and wearing sunscreen is one of the ways that you can prevent skin cancer, as well as photo damage that causes aging. Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. Such changes are usually sunspots, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and a leathery appearance, and they are typically seen many years after most of the sun exposure happened. (US EPA)

With proper protection from UV radiation, most premature aging of the skin can be avoided.

How much do I need to apply?

We recommend 1/4 a teaspoon for face, and another 1/4 teaspoon for ears and neck. Three finger lengths of SPF is equivalent to about 1/4 a teaspoon, so this is an easy way to measure the proper amount of sunscreen without having to break out your measuring spoon. Then, an additional teaspoon per each leg, each arm, on abdomen/chest and on your back.

How often should I reapply?

If you’re going to be outside in the sun, we recommend seeking shade whenever possible, and wearing UPF 50 clothing. Reapplying sunscreen every 90 minutes to two hours, depending on if you are going to be in the water, is crucial to prevent UV damage.

Day-to-day, we recommend reapplying 1-2x a day depending on your work situation and lifestyle. If going outside for lunch, or working near windows, we recommend reapplying around lunch time. If you are indoors all day and not near windows, reapplying once before you leave work is also a great idea. Cumulative sun damage from driving, or quick walks outside easily add up over time.

Here are a few Q&A tips:

What is the best way to reapply sunscreen?

The first is easy— simply take another three fingers of sunscreen and apply to your face.

If you are wearing makeup, use a dry sponge and dab a liquid SPF over your makeup. For the most part, this should help to keep makeup intact, but sometimes people also like to reapply a little powder and blush back over the next layer of SPF.

Another great way to reapply over makeup is with the Skinbetter Sunbetter Tone Smart SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact for light – to medium/tan skin and the Skinbetter Sunbetter Sheer SPF 56 Sunscreen compact which is sheer on all skin tones. This applies seamlessly alone or over makeup, making SPF reapplication a breeze.

If you have questions about sunscreen contact us by reaching out to us here: skinremedymd@drslack.net— we are happy to help!