body (8)The summer season is coming to Virginia Beach and the damaging effect of the sun on our skin is important to all of us. Sun exposure causes an increased rate of aging to our skin due to the destruction of collagen and elastin fibers. In addition, the relationship between sun exposure and the common forms of skin cancer that we treat here at Associates in Plastic Surgery is well known. For that reason, all of us should be cognizant of the need for sun protection during our time outside.

Associates in Plastic Surgery features three different choices in sunscreen here at Restoration Med Spa. These sunscreens have the advantage of providing both skin protection and rejuvenation. The most popular choice is from Neocutis and is called Journee. It is formulated with two different sunscreens, is SPF 30 and blends antioxidants and anti-aging potential with sunscreens. This fast absorbing, non-greasy formulation blends flawlessly and feels like an elegant daytime moisturizing cream.

Our second choice, Oclipse is from ZO Skin Health. This sunscreen is also SPF 30 and is formulated with non-PABA blocks. It provides broad spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB and it has a silky silicone texture to prime skin for makeup application, which can be carried out directly over this sunscreen.

The third sunscreen we feature is from Obagi Medical. This product, Nu Derm Sun Shield has a higher SPF of 50. It is formulated also with a combination of sun protectant agents and is very effective for brighter days outside in the sun or at the beach. It has a mat formulation that allows it to be applied in a sheer fashion.

These medical grade sunscreen products have advantages over the standard sunscreens that are purchased over the counter. Those sunscreens tend to be thicker, stickier and are not usually formulated with agents that help with skin aging and rejuvenation.

As always, a call to Associates in Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment with one of our aestheticians, Lori Burton or Christy Brugger at our Restoration Med Spa, will offer the best opportunity to fit these products to your specific skin care needs.

So, what do you think ?