Are Sunscreens Safe?
Chemical sunscreens are a hot topic in the media. New research seems to suggest that some chemical sunscreens may be absorbed into the body. However, further research is needed to validate these early findings and determine if such absorption results in any impact on our health. There are chemicals in everything we use on our skin plus in the foods we eat. So which, if any, of these chemicals are absorbed, and what does that mean for our health? More research is needed to answer these questions.
What we do know for certain is that ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer. In addition, outside of your age, the sun is the leading cause of premature aging your skin, causing wrinkles and brown spots. The most important defense against these harmful rays is to avoid UV light. Your primary means of defense are to seek the shade and wear sun protective clothing. Sunscreen should be applied to skin that is exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.
If you are concerned about the reports of chemicals in sunscreens:
- Seek the shade.
- Wear wide brimmed hats and protective clothing.
- Choose a physical sunscreen with at least SPF 30 that has ZINC and TITANIUM as the active ingredients.
Summer Sun = Summer Promos!
Play it safe in the sun this summer thanks to our sunscreen promotion, valid now through August 1. Buy any two sunscreens, and get a FREE tube of EltaMD SPF lip balm — a $10 value!
Purely Physical SPF 47
This offer includes our recently debuted George Dermatology Purely Physical SPF 47. This elegant, lightweight sunscreen is chemical-free, with 10% zinc and 5.5% titanium, and water resistant.
Kid Stick SPF 40
Plus, a fan favorite (including Dr. George’s own 9-year-old son) is the Kid Stick SPF 40. It’s an easy-to-apply roll-on in a lightweight tube. Get three — one for your car, one for your swim bag, and one for your purse.
EltaMD Lip Balm
Our patients love the EltaMD Lip Balm SPF 31 with 5% zinc. It’s fragrance-free and paraben-free to protect dry, chapped lips. When it comes to sun protection, we often neglect our lips. Unfortunately, excessive sun exposure on the lips can result in a deadly form of skin cancer.
When you purchase two sunscreens, get your FREE tube of EltaMD Lip Balm at George Dermatology today and start protecting your lips ASAP!
If you think your skin is suffering from sun damage, contact George Dermatology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mary Noël George!