I met Catherine Markham, during a visit to SkinMedix, my favorite skin clinic in the South Bay. I’ve been to Catherine several times now for facials and I’m absolutely addicted. Along with regular facials, I use sunscreen daily. However, I always find it challenging to figure out exactly how much coverage I need to be protected. Read on as Catherine, gives us the 411 on SPF, UVA and UVB’s:
I get a lot of questions about sunscreen and SPF. Prior to research and study, I didn’t know the difference between SPF 8 or 100 and more importantly, I wanted to know what ingredients are key to block UVA and UVB rays.
UV or Ultraviolet light are made up of two rays of radiation that reach the skin, they are UVB rays which penetrate the epidermis (the outer layer) and burn the skin. UVA are rays penetrate deeper into the dermis and age the skin. Think of UV(B as Burn) and UV(A as Aging) causing wrinkles, photo-aging, free radicals and leathery skin.
Your skin starts to age from your first sunburn. Babies aren’t born with freckles, right? Your sun damage will surface 10 years after those burns. Everyone needs to wear sunscreen. You may think if you are darker toned that you don’t need to wear it but you do, as it prevents aging and skin cancer. Darker skin tone does have more melanin so you may appear darker and may not burn, but you still need to protect your skin. If you have acne scars the sun will make them darker and hyperpigmentation will occur and darken every time you don’t wear sunscreen. Some women also have melasma which will worsen in the sun.
It is also available at Skin Medix in Hermosa Beach.Treatments that will help erase years of skin damage are IPL, ViPeel, Cosmelan and regular facials to include Microdermabrasion, HydraFacial, and Micropeels. Call for a complimentary skincare consultation with Catherine Markham at Skin Medix in Hermosa Beach 310.374.6600.