SPF 101

Many people are unaware of how to properly apply SPF 101 to their face and body, especially on what strength to use. By now, you almost certainly know that you should apply sunscreen consistently both to help diminish your probability of getting skin cancer and to avoid the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. But despite those people who do put on sunscreen on consistently still make precarious errors. Here are the most widespread mistakes that people are making and what you should be doing to protect your skin from the sun and maintain it properly.

Put sunscreen on prior to sun exposure

Place yourself in this scenario and ask yourself this question – how many people have you seen or heard go on vacation or are by the pool and then lie down on their lawn chairs or towels and then start putting on sunscreen? Probably a lot if you think about it right? But at the end of the day, believe it or not, this is actually a common misconception, as you actually want to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before lying in the sun.

This should be done so that it allows for it to get immersed into the skin. This will allow for you to not get sun exposure for the first couple of minutes when your skin is exposed. It is important to note that you should include a medical grade SPF such as PCA and Tizo from a medical esthetic clinic such as Mederm Esthetic & Laser in Woodbridge, Vaughan and Concord. Speaking to our estheticians is important; as they will help guide you with everything you need to know when it comes to applying sunscreen and with SPF.

Applying SPF and strength

Many people make the mistake of not reapplying sunscreen to their skin. How often you apply sunscreen is sky to its effectiveness on the skin. You should be applying sunscreen every 2-3 hours. Focusing specifically on the face it should be an SPF of 40-45 and reapplied as mentioned, every 2-3 hours when you are outside. For the body, it should be 60 SPF and higher. Many people use the wrong SPF strength and are misguided when to apply it and how to.


Tizo is a dermatologist recommended sunscreen that contains healthy mineral solutions. What’s great about this product is that it has different types suited for different skin types and for body, face and lips. The facial mineral sunscreen is soft, contains a sheer matte finish, is lightly tinted to enhance skin radiance and is non-comedogenic. This means that Tizo has been specifically put together so that it doesn’t produce blocked pores.

The gentle mineral sunscreen is an all-mineral formulation with the highest allowable SPF rating and it has an elegant light tint. For lip protection it is a chemical-free broad-spectrum lip protection. Excellent for thin and sensitive skin-lips, nose, ears and best of all, it is easy to put on. Lastly, there is the ultra sensitive skin solution that alleviates and protects sensitive skin and easily irritated skin and is also non-comedogenic. Tizo doesn’t contain any chemical sunscreen filters, no oils fragrances or dyes, it feels smooth and stylish on the skin, is a number one rated sunscreen filter, will not aggravate or sting and is great for all skin types.


PCA is a great product that is used to hydrate and guard the skin. All in all, it is your guide to healthier skin. It is perfect for patients with oily or that are prone to breakouts and those who hate the feel of traditional sunscreen products. Additionally, the Skin Care Cancer Foundation advocates this and all other products as an efficient UVA/UVB sunscreen. It contains an SPF of 45 and is a weightless protection broad spectrum.

PCA also carries a perfecting protection broad spectrum with an SPF of 30. It is ideal for candidates with uneven skin tones, as well as guaranteed use following peels, lasers, and other in-office procedures. Lastly, the active broad spectrum with an SPF of 45, which is water resistant, and is great for people with active lifestyles as it has been tested to protect the skin for up to 80 minutes in water.

Protecting your lips

Our lips are susceptible to UV rays, just like skin all over our body, so it’s very important to put sunscreen on your lips. But the common mistake is putting the same stuff you use on the rest of your body. For one it will taste funny and it won’t last as long on your lips. You will want to purchase a lip balm with SPF in it.

Get one that is thicker so it remains longer on your lips. After that keep applying it even more frequently versus on the rest of your body. You will want to do this because talking; eating, and drinking will eliminate the sunscreen on your lips more frequently. In addition, buying a medical grade lip balm that blocks out uva and uvb is crucial.

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