Why Powdered Sunscreen is the Shiznet

posted on: May 19, 2015

Approx 5,328 times a day I educate patients on sun protection. This includes everyone from patients on sun sensitive acne medications to those concerned with brown spots and wrinkles. When I tell my patients that the most important aspects on using sunscreen is reapplication every few hours I commonly get the side-eye mixed with “haha you’re crazy if you think I’m reapplying this thick white crap over my make-up” look.

That is when I pull out my semi-secret weapon. Powdered Sunscreen. Now this is not a new technology, but I find most people are not aware it exists. I am not talking about powdered foundation make-up with and SPF in it. I am talking about straight up (typically zinc based) sunscreen powder. Simply tap, brush on and reapply. I still recommend a base of liquid sunscreen (I like ones with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) in the morning before putting on all of your moisturizers and make-up but, reapplying with sunscreen powder doesn’t get much easier. It’s seriously the best for fussy kids (and husbands) on their faces too.

This is not just for your face, I wear this on my hands as well, especially when driving. There is only so much a Dermatology PA can do once skin has been damaged by the sun. Establish your regimen now!  Hands show the tell-tale signs of aging and most people are more concerned with the wrinkles and brown spots on their face and chest, neglecting their hands.

I am not sponsored by any of these products, I just feel a personal responsibility to spread the word about them!

Colorscience Sunforgettable– this is the one I use.

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Check out this other brand too:

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45