A Note on Sunscreen
Looking for a good sunscreen that will be effective can be overwhelming when you are looking at several brands on the shelf. Dr. Carl Thornfeldt recommends using an anti-inflammatory sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher. He strongly recommends Epionce™ Daily Shield Lotion for the face and Epionce™ Ultra Shield Lotion for the body. You can find these Epionce products in Fruitland, Idaho, at CT Derm, as well as at some med-spas, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices. If you are looking for a sunscreen you can pick up at the store, we recommend Neutrogena 100, Bull Frog, Blue Lizard, Badger Balm, and Aveeno.
Our providers recommend that you apply two layers of sunscreen to sun-exposed skin 30 minutes apart every morning. When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your ears, lips, eyelids, scalp, and tops of your feet. These are commonly missed places.
It is important to make sure the sunscreen you buy has safe ingredients. Research being done is showing that a lot of common chemicals used in sunscreens are threatening the health of coral reefs and marine life in the oceans. These ingredients are ecamsule, octocrylene, hemocrylene, benzophenone, and avobenzone. Ingredients that are safe to use are titanium dioxide, zinc, and homosalate.
We recommend using a lotion or gel-based sunscreen because they are easy to rub into the skin, and you get an even distribution. Spray sunscreens are not recommended, because you do not get an even amount of sunscreen and it does not get rubbed in evenly. For application, a shot-glass-size amount of sunscreen should be used to cover all sun-exposed areas. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours when in the sun for long periods of time. Benefits of applying sunscreen correctly are to prevent skin cancer, sunburns, and premature aging.
It is important to apply sunscreen every day, even during the winter months, to protect your skin against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays that penetrate through clouds.