What Puts the ‘Screen’ in Sunscreen
Friday, 06 July 2018 01:23

What Puts the ‘Screen’ in Sunscreen

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Acommon client misconception is that the need for a quality sun care regimen starts when the summer vacation is booked. However, professionals know that sunscreen is an ongoing necessity, requiring ingredients that combat harmful UVA and UVB rays – no matter the weather. Getting clients to understand that sun care is not seasonal may require a few conversations. After all, this is a myth that many people in the United States have fashioned their summer activities around. An effective way to promote year-round sun care is to explain what happens to skin due to prolonged UVA and UVB ray exposure – premature wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, burns, and cancer. There are many companies that have made it their missions to develop quality sunscreens. Here are a few ingredients that are integral to shielding the skin from sun damage.




Titanium dioxide is a reflective, chalky substance. When included in a sunscreen, it acts like a mirror, reflecting the rays attempting to penetrate the skin, rather than the titanium absorbing into the skin. Titanium dioxide is effective at blocking UVB rays and short UVA rays. Sunscreen formulas containing titanium dioxide often contain zinc oxide, as well.




The lipid fraction in green coffee beans is high in linoleic acid, which is known to absorb ultraviolet rays. Many skin moisturizers and sunscreens utilize various types of coffee for this reason. Green coffee bean oil also protects the skin from environmental factors and dehydration by sealing the moisture into the skin, strengthening the skin as a barrier against the elements and harmful rays.




This succulent is known to survive in climates that are dry and typically not conducive to growing plants. Because of this, naturally, skin care companies have been experimenting with sunscreen ingredient combinations that include this plant. Stone crop’s antioxidant properties protect the skin from pollutants. When applied topically, it regenerates skin cells, lightens dark spots, and moisturizes dry skin.




One of the main ways to combat skin damage is keeping the skin (and body) hydrated. So, many sunscreens contain humectants to draw moisture from the air into the skin. One common humectant used in sunscreens is sodium PCA. In addition to this, there are typically occlusive ingredients to seal in the moisture and others to act as a barrier against damage.




This root has many health benefits. When used as an extract, one of the many benefits is its soothing and antioxidant power. When applied topically, this extract provides protection to the skin’s matrix from UVA and UVB rays. Ginger prompts the production of thioredoxin-1, which is an antioxidant protein and redox that wards off skin damage due to harmful ultraviolet rays.




One of the most common sunscreen ingredients, zinc oxide is highly effective in preventing skin damage from UVA and UVB rays. In fact, it is often used in sunscreens, cosmetics, and moisturizers because it minimizes the risk of skin cancer while absorbing the ultraviolet rays. Zinc oxide is created through a chemical heating process of zinc, which is combined with oxygen molecules. What is left after the process is a fine, white, crystalized powder that provides a protective layer for the skin.


GCAMPMedicalAMP Aesthetics

AMP Aesthetics’ Prime Shade is a sheer-feeling, antioxidant-rich sunscreen and makeup primer containing only natural ingredients such as titanium and zinc oxides and natural melanin, a known cancer-fighting agent. It provides full-spectrum protection against photo-aging UVA and UVB rays. It also has a beautiful, pearl, matte finish for healthy, glowing skin. 844-267-7546 or ampmedicalproducts.com




GCDermAwareDermAware Bio-Targeted Skin Care

Screenplay® Sunscreen Spf 30 Oil-Free Chemical-Free is the ultimate sun, BB, and CC cream. This cream is chemical-free, sun-broad, ultraviolet coverage, light, and oil-free, designed for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone. It is loaded with vitamins including C and P and polyphenols of green coffee and tea. Beautiful and beneficial coverage delivers correction for age and pigmentation issues while protecting skin all day long from ultraviolet damage. Screenplay is available tinted and untinted. 504-469-3500 or dermaware.com




GCEminenceEminence Organic Skin Care

Protect skin with Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30 from Eminence Organic Skin Care. Lighten the appearance of dark spots with stone crop, bearberry, GigaWhite™, and a natural hydroquinone alternative while protecting against future damage with built-in, broad-spectrum SPF. 888-747-6342 or eminenceorganics.com




GCGloSkinBeautyGlo Skin Beauty

Protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with Glo Skin Beauty’s new Daily Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. Infused with oleosome technology and sodium PCA, which helps skin maintain and prolong hydration levels, this weightless, mineral formula is ideal for dry skin types looking for sun shielding protection without any residue or chalkiness. 800-232-0398 or gloskinbeauty.com




GCLiraClinicalLira Clinical

SPF Solar Shield 30 Classic Tint is the ultimate daily skin care product with 21 percent zinc oxide, providing a powerful, SPF 30 skin shield. Antioxidants, healing plant stem cells, and refreshing botanicals, like ginger, thyme, citrus, and cucumber, provide essential environmental protection. Healing peptides, niacinamide, and advanced ceramide technology restore the radiance of skin. A classic tint provides a healthy glow for all skin types. This is perfect for those wanting light and beautiful daily coverage. 877-440-5472 or liraclinical.com




GCMakeMyDayBeautifulMake My Day Beautiful!® Cosmeceutical Skin Care

Sun Up To City Lights Protectant Primer™ Broad Spectrum SPF 46 by Make My Day Beautiful! is an all-in-one, oil-free, hydrating moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, lactic acid, and pro vitamin B. Micronized zinc oxide and octinoxate provide active SPF 46 protection. In addition to its significant, natural, mineral sunscreen protection, this lightweight product gives skin an improved appearance of minimized line and pore size, providing a blur effect. It is an excellent primer for makeup, ensuring enhanced, long wear – even in summer heat. 209-772-3305 or

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