The single most important product recommended for skin health is sunscreen. There are many, many sunscreens available on the market and it is important to find a product that works well. Everyone’s skin is different and not all products are ideal for everyone. But the new Hydratint sunscreen by Alastin is a product that works well for many people.
Why is sunscreen important?
Light from the sun damages the skin in many ways. When light hits the skin, it forms free radicals. These are small molecules that affect the skin at the cellular level, damaging the DNA and proteins. The proteins that maintain the structure of the skin such as collagen and elastin become damaged, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. The amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases, leading to dry and dehydrated skin. Production of melanin is stimulated, leading to the formation of dark spots. The DNA is damaged, which increases the risk of skin cancer. All of these things are undesirable. Therefore, it is critical to protect ourselves from the sun.
What should I look for in a sunscreen?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Also look for UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection. This protects against two kinds of UV (ultraviolet rays): UVA rays which cause aging and UVB rays which cause burns. It is important to apply sunscreen every day, even if it is cold or overcast, because the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds. There are two types of sunscreen ingredients: physical and chemical. Physical ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These reflect the light from the sun and cause minimal irritation to the skin. They also block both UVA and UVB rays. There are a variety of chemical sunscreen ingredients. These absorb the light from the sun so that is does not damage the skin. These should be applied 30 minutes prior to going outside. Some chemical sunscreens can irritate the skin, especially for those who are sensitive. This is particularly important after laser treatments and chemical peels. Therefore, physical sunscreens are ideal for post-procedure.
May new sunscreens provide a number of additional benefits. For example, some include ingredients to hydrate the skin. This allows the product to work as a moisturizer and sunscreen in one. Others include a tint, allowing for the product to work as a primer or foundation. This makes it easy to apply skin care products for those with busy lifestyles who do not have too much time in the mornings. Some of the physician-dispensed sunscreens also include other products such as antioxidants to provide further protection and to rejuvenate the skin.
What is the Alastin Hydratint sunscreen?
The Alastin Hydratint sunscreen is our newest sunscreen and is quickly becoming one of our most popular products. The Alastin Hydratint sunscreen is a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which makes it safe for those with sensitive skin and for those who have recently had a laser treatment. The SPF is 36 and it has UVA and UVB protection. The Alastin Hydratint sunscreen also contains a number of antioxidants which protects the skin from environmental pollution as well as products to hydrate the skin. Finally, the Alastin Hydratint sunscreen has a light tint that is compatible with most skin types to provide coverage and reduce the need for more makeup.