It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Have Fun in the Summer Sun!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 9:22 pm

Oils, creams, lotions, milks and gels — every brand offers different ways to protect your skin against the sun; More than the type of product though, what really matters is the solar protection factor (SPF). Picking the right SPF for you based on your skin type, which part of the body it is for, how much sun you will be getting and what activity you are doing sounds simple, however it more complicated than one would think!

There are four Fitzpatrick’s or phototypes of skin. The classification depends on the amount of melanin pigment in the skin, meaning how one’s skin responds to exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays. The lighter the natural hair color and skin tone a person has the more sensitive they are to sun exposure. Brands have improved their formulas to give their products a minimum SPF of 30, even for oils that people often think of as inefficient.

It is most crucial to protect the face from the sun. Unlike the body, the face is always exposed to UV rays, leading to faster aging of the skin, a loss of elasticity and sun spots. To avoid this, one should protect the skin on their face each and every day regardless of the weather or the time of the year. Generally, powders and foundations list their SPF, however they tend to be low SPFs and aren’t, when used alone, are not enough protection for one who is spending prolonged periods of time outside in the direct sun..

Of course, it is possible to use the same sunscreen for body and face, however certain textures are better adapted for the face and thus more comfortable, e.g. lighter weight to wear on a daily basis. There are now creams, sprays, milks and even gels made specifically to protect the face.

Webster’s Community Pharmacy offers a wide range of sunscreens for every type of skin. Though the choice should always be made based on SPF depending on phototype and anticipated level of exposure, it is also possible to fine-tune the search for anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-spot sunscreens, and even sunscreens for babies that hydrate and nourish as well as protect.

Webster’s Community Pharmacy is located at 2450 North Lake Avenue, Altadena. Call (626) 797-1163 or visit for more information.




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