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Best Sunscreens For The Family

Summer is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time for you to find the right sunscreen and use it! What better way to prepare for spring break than by refreshing your sunscreen stash? Learn why this is the most important step in your skincare routine. Our provider Anna, CNP shares her top recommendations for the best sunscreens for the whole family. If you are not already wearing your sunscreen daily, this is your sign to start! 

 

When it comes to finding the perfect sunscreen for you or your family, there are three things to look out for:

Coverage

When looking for the right sunscreen for you, coverage is extremely important: look for ingredients including Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to ensure you are purchasing a broad-spectrum sunscreen. These two ingredients are a great choice in your sunscreens as they cover both UVA & UVB Rays. 

SPF

Our providers always recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and rates the amount of solar exposure that you will be protected from. For example: an SPF 100 is going to block 99% of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 is going to block 97% of UVB rays. So while SPF 100 is going to give you greater protection, it is only a 3% increase so it may not be worth the added cost. 

Daily Use

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily will help ensure consistent protection from UV damage. In order to get into the habit of wearing your sunscreen daily, it’s helpful for you to find one that you enjoy wearing. We carry a wide variety of sunscreens here at our office: such as lightweight or moisturizing, tinted and non-tinted, along with specialty formulations such as powders.

Lastly make sure you purchase a sunscreen you will wear, there are a variety of sunscreen options based on your skin type, as well as tinted and untinted options. 

 

 Click below to watch our provider, Anna, CNP share her favorite sunscreens for the whole family!

 

EltaMD UV AOX ($45) – Best for Families

Click here to purchase EltaMD UV AOX

 This 100% mineral sunscreen, is lightweight and water resistant will leave your skin feeling hydrated and moisturized.

UV AOX Mist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless ($68) – Best for Sun Damaged Skin

 Click here to purchase ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless 

This ultralight tinted sunscreen protects, repairs, and corrects with Eryfotona Ageless. It is an ultralight tinted sunscreen with zinc oxide which helps fight the signs of photoaging. 

Erofytonia-Ageless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair ($68) OR

Click here to purchase SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair

This revolutionary sunscreen helps protect your skin from harmful infrared rays while improving the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sun damaged skin.

SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair

 

ColoreScience Face Shield Flex ($54)- Best for Pigment

Click here to purchase ColoreScience Face Shield Flex

This lightweight mineral sunscreen has a tinted color coverage that immediately evens your skin tone for a flawless look. 

ColoreScience Face Shield Flex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EltaMD UV Sport ($31) – Best for Water Activities 

Click here to purchase EltaMD UV Sport

This sunscreen is great for swimmers, skiers, runners, golfers and other athletes. This sunscreen will not wash off or run into your eyes if you sweat.

EltaMD UV Sport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ColoreScience Brush On Shield ($69)- Best for Reapplying 

Click here to purchase Colorescience Brush On Shield

This all mineral skin shield provides complete protection on the go, this application can be applied alone or over makeup.

ColoreScience Brush On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Not wearing sunscreen at all is never a good idea! If you are still on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen for you or your family schedule a consultation, we would love to help!

 



Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing: Digging Deeper into Dr. Bowles’ Byrdie Feature

We’re thrilled to see our provider, Dr. Alexandra Bowles, featured in a recent article on Byrdie: “Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing: Which Is Best for You?

Expanding on her insights revealed in the interview with Byrdie, Dr. Bowles is sharing the inside scoop on these two treatments and how you can choose which one is best for you.

Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing | As Seen in Byrdie | Dr. Alexandra Bowles

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser (also known as concentrated beams of light) to remove unwanted hair. The laser emits light that is absorbed by the pigment (or melanin), found in the hair follicles, which in turn delays future hair growth. 

What Is Waxing?

Waxing is a semi-permanent hair removal method that is easy and efficient, leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft. Waxing allows for a more effective removal of the entire hair with the root, from the follicle, as opposed to shaving. There are different types of wax such as:

  • Soft wax, also known as strip waxing
  • Hard wax, which is directly applied onto the skin, cooled for a few minutes, and then pulled and removed in the opposite direction of the hair growth
  • Fruit wax, which works well for sensitive skin
  • Chocolate wax which works well for skin prone to irritation and redness
  • Sugar wax, a more natural option for hair removal for people with sensitive skin

What results to expect for both? 

The most major difference is that laser hair removal is semi-permanent or in some cases permanent. Waxing must be performed regularly as the hair regrows. Each process of hair removal has its own benefits and drawbacks in terms of lasting quality, effectiveness, and potential side effects.

Laser hair removal offers a long-term reduction in hair growth and precision targeting of unwanted hair. Plan for several treatments, typically 5-8, for optimal reduction; and maintenance treatments every year or so. Laser hair removal has minimal discomfort and temporary redness or swelling in the treated area. In some cases, skin pigmentation or scarring can occur during and after the procedure. However, seeing a well-trained provider will reduce this risk as they will be able to choose the proper laser and settings for your skin tone. They can also perform a spot test when necessary.

Waxing on the other hand provides immediate results, with smoother skin right after the procedure. However, the results from waxing are temporary in that hair usually grows back within a few weeks. Waxing can be painful, especially with sensitive skin. It can cause side effects such as redness, skin irritation, and ingrown hairs.

What skin or hair types are best for laser hair removal vs. waxing?

People with lighter pigmented hair such as blonde or red, are not a candidate for laser hair removal. This is because the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle and lighter hair types lack the pigment needed for the laser to work. Waxing or plucking is a good choice for people with this hair type. Individuals with darker hair are good candidates for laser hair removal. It is very important to note that plucking or waxing hair prior to a laser hair removal session is not recommended. This removes the hair follicle entirely, so there is nothing for the laser to target. Dermaplaning or shaving prior to laser hair removal is recommended though, as treating an area with long hair can impede the laser’s ability to get into the follicle.

In contrast, waxing comes in different forms that can be used for hair removal, depending on an individual’s preference. Soft wax, also known as strip waxing, is ideal for removing tiny, fine strands of hair you can’t see. It is usually used on larger areas of the body, applied directly to the skin, and removed by a strip of cloth. Hard wax is used for smaller and more sensitive areas like the upper lip, underarms, and bikini area. This form of wax is applied warm and directly on the skin, and once hardened, is peeled off. Fruit wax is similar to hard body wax but is recommended mostly for people with sensitive skin.

What is the pain level for both treatments?

When it comes to laser hair removal, the pain level or discomfort is usually tolerable for most individuals. Most people feel a mild stinging or tingling sensation during the procedure. Sometimes we will use topical numbing cream in certain areas to provide more comfort. Waxing, on the other hand, is generally considered more painful. This is especially true in areas of the body like the bikini area, underarms, and upper lip that are more sensitive. 

Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing | As Seen in Byrdie | Dr. Alexandra Bowles

What is the cost for both treatments? 

The cost of a laser hair treatment really depends on two factors, treatment area and permanence. Typically, larger treatment areas like the back or legs can cost more than smaller areas. While laser hair removal is a more permanent option than waxing, you will still have to get some maintenance treatments. If you follow your complete treatment plan, including maintenance, this could last between 6 to 12 months or longer. This can cost more initially, but can end up being a worthwhile investment down the road. Waxing, on the other hand, is less costly than laser hair removal per treatment. However, waxing is not a permanent hair removal solution. The cost of getting routine wax treatments for several years can end up being more costly than laser treatment in the end.

What is aftercare like for both treatments?

The aftercare for laser hair removal requires individuals to avoid being exposed to the sun, heat, and irritants. This includes hot baths, steam rooms, and saunas. It is also recommended to resist the urge to scratch or pick at the treated area. Similarly, for waxing, individuals are encouraged to avoid sun exposure to prevent sunburn and minimize the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating gently, moisturizing regularly, and avoiding tight clothing around the waxed area are also ways to reduce the risk of irritation, redness, and dryness of the skin. 

What is the frequency of treatment for both?

Most patients have laser hair removal sessions once every 4 to 6 weeks. This varies depending on the rate of hair regrowth and also on the treatment area. The hair growth cycle for the face is usually faster so patients might start with a visit every 2 weeks. The body, on the other hand, is typically every 4 weeks. Similarly, for waxing, hair growth is faster in areas like the eyebrows, bikini line, and underarms. For these areas, you will require a wax session every 2-3 weeks. The time between sessions allows for the hair to regrow to a waxable length. In contrast, legs will typically require a waxing session every 3 to 5 weeks. 

Final Thoughts: Which treatment does Dr. Alexandra recommend?

I would recommend laser hair removal as I feel it is a safe and effective way to provide long lasting hair reduction. While it is an investment upfront, the time and money you would save from years of waxing is something important to consider. I also feel that over-waxing some areas can cause permanent discoloration, while laser hair removal does not do this if the treatments are performed properly. It’s very important to get a consultation with a knowledgeable provider who has treated patients with your skin type and to do a test spot if there is a concern of hyperpigmentation. All in all, laser hair removal is a great choice for everyone!

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