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sunscreenAlthough the weather is getting (somewhat) cooler, the sun is still shining bright here in Austin. However, even on overcast days, don’t forget about the importance of quality sunscreen during the winter.

Not all sunscreens are created equal:

When we talk about sunscreens, there are 2 main categories to think of – chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens are found in most makeups, moisturizers, and foundations these days. They work by absorbing or scattering the sun’s rays. These take about 20 minutes to absorb into the skin to be effective and can be made of a number of different chemicals. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, create a physical barrier on your skin to block the sun’s rays and are effective immediately after application. Physical sunscreens are made of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Each one of these ingredients is not completely effective without the other, but together, they give you protection against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

What’s the best sunscreen for me?

That’s easy – a physical sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. A GREAT option is SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. This sunscreen is great for all skin types, is lightweight, water-resistant, and has a universal tint that works with all skin tones. It provides broad-spectrum protection with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to help protect you from the sun’s rays that can contribute to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. This retails for just $34 and is available without appointment from the Downtown Doctor clinic in downtown Austin.

Remember sunscreen is just one component to your daily skincare routine. Don’t forget about your daily moisturizer and antioxidant serums as well!

We want you to look and feel your best all winter long – try it out today! Also makes great gifts!

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