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Why Sunscreen Is Vital To Skin Health

Why Sunscreen Is Vital To Skin Health

Sunscreen is an essential product that protects the skin from harmful UV rays. With the increasing knowledge of the adverse effects of UV rays on skin health, more people are becoming aware of the importance of using high-quality sunscreen every day. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is important to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays to maintain your skin health for a lifetime. In this blog, we will explore the importance of wearing high-quality sunscreen every day and why it is vital to skin health.

Sunscreen For Skin Health

Using high-quality sunscreen every day (even in the winter)will protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. But what are the features of a high-quality sunscreen?

Broad Spectrum Protection
High-quality sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection, which means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing premature aging and skin damage, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburns. Broad-spectrum protection helps prevent both types of damage, ensuring that your skin stays healthy and protected. ZO® Skin Health Sunscreen + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an example of a broad-spectrum protective sunscreen. 

SPF 30 or Higher
The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of a sunscreen indicates the level of protection it provides against UVB rays. A high-quality sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or higher. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection against UVB rays, and the longer you can stay in the sun without getting burned. An SPF of 30 provides 97% protection, while an SPF of 50 provides 98% protection. We recommend using EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 to protect your beautiful skin. 

Water-resistant sunscreen is an important factor to consider, especially if you are an active person who spends a lot of time in the water. A high-quality sunscreen should be water-resistant, ensuring that it stays on your skin even when you swim or sweat. This helps prevent sunburns and skin damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. We recommend using EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 TINTED to protect your skin even when you are enjoying time in the water.

A non-comedogenic sunscreen is important for people with acne-prone skin. Non-comedogenic sunscreens do not clog pores, which helps prevent breakouts and keeps your skin healthy. A high-quality sunscreen should be non-comedogenic, ensuring that it does not cause any adverse effects on your skin. We recommend ​​EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 to protect your skin from UV damage and avoid breakouts.

Dermatologist Tested/Recommended
Using a dermatologist-tested and recommended sunscreen is important because dermatologists are experts in skin health. A high-quality sunscreen should be dermatologist tested and recommended, ensuring that it is safe for use and provides the best protection for your skin. You can browse a variety of dermatologist-tested and recommended sunscreens and skin care products here.

Protect your Skin Health With Sunscreen From Okanagan Skin

Using high-quality sunscreen every day is vital to skin health. A high-quality sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection, have an SPF of 30 or higher, be water-resistant, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested/recommended, and chemical-free/mineral-based. By using high-quality sunscreen, you can protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring that it stays healthy and protected. By incorporating high-quality sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, you can enjoy the sun without worrying about skin damage or health risks. So, make sure to choose a high-quality sunscreen that meets all the important criteria, and enjoy the sun with confidence knowing that your skin is protected.

Okanagan Skin Care Centre can recommend the best sunscreen for your skin type, helping you find the perfect sunscreen to keep your skin healthy and protected. Our advanced skin care clinic uses cosmetic dermatology techniques to deliver highly effective, personalized skin care. We offer a wide variety of skin care services so that you can receive the ideal treatment to address your concerns and see optimal outcomes. To speak with a skin care professional and determine which cosmetic dermatology treatment is right for you, contact Okanagan Skin Care Centre at (250) 868-9290 or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll help you prolong the healthiness and youthfulness of your skin! 


Q: How often should sunscreen be applied?
A: It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.

Q: What is the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens?
A: Physical sunscreens contain active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that physically block UV radiation from reaching the skin. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain ingredients that absorb UV radiation before it reaches the skin.

Q: Are there any side effects to using sunscreen?
A: Some people may experience skin irritation, itching, or redness after using sunscreen, especially if they have sensitive skin. In such cases, switching to a gentler sunscreen or trying a patch test before using it on the face is recommended.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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