We here at Maine Laser Skin Care cannot stress enough the importance of frequent sunscreen use not only for your appearance, but for your overall health. So while sunscreen is unquestionably essential, could it also be trendy?
Current reports and studies, most of which are not particularly scientific, appear to believe so. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal noted that sunscreen use among young people has not only increased compared to previous generations, but has become almost fashionable.
In fact, regular use of sunscreen among the young has contributed significantly to the growing sunscreen market. A recent research study showed that 34% of 18-24 year olds in the U.S. claim that they are applying sunscreen more often this year than in years past.
Growth in sunscreen use may also be attributed to the expansion of sunscreen options. More companies are producing sunscreens in a variety of options such as chemical versus mineral, tinted versus clear versus opaque, and a wide array of SPF levels.
If there is any negative publicity about sunscreens, most of it generally concerns chemical sunscreens. The FDA has studies that show the chemicals used in some sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream, although no adverse effects have been found as of yet. The chemical oxybenzone also has been shown to damage coral reefs.
At Maine Laser Skin Care, we generally recommend mineral sunscreens containing titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These minerals are not absorbed and only remain on the surface of the skin.
These particular chemicals tend to be better tolerated by those with sensitive skin. As an added bonus, they are considered truly reef safe.
Join the trend that is getting millennials and Gen Z excited about protecting their skin to prevent future skin damage. Remember, use sunscreen every day, rain or shine, all year long, as an essential part of your skin care and beauty regimen. Your skin will love you for it!