Sarasota in the springtime is throbbing with life energy and sunshine. As spring grows into the lovely month of May, we know that Sarasota women are embracing a new season of sun, sand, and sea. In this shockingly beautiful area, the ocean is our front yard and the picnic grounds are our backyard. Even a lunch hour walk downtown in Sarasota can seem like a sunny little summer vacation. And yet, we realize we are wrapped in the dangerous rays of the sun. Dear readers, it’s time to intensify your dedication to your sunscreen.
With our active Sarasota outdoor lifestyle, we are also seeing many women embarking on a seasonal regime of sun-worshiping. And just as we do every year at this time, we advise against the old custom of “laying out” on beaches and chaise lounges in the high heat of the sun.
Some Serious Sarasota Sunscreen Savvy
At Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we often tell our clients, “Beware, your skin is your body’s armor.” We know many ladies (and gentlemen too!) are dreaming of creating a topaz gold or bronzy brown shade of skin in the summer sun. However, we want you to understand that those tan colors are actually skin damage. Baking or toasting your skin is not pretty. Just as we have in previous blogs, we warn you that your skin “suit” should come with an owner’s manual. As our days become warmer and brighter, let’s review the facts about skin and sun:
1. Your Skin: The Body’s Great Protector.
It shields you against all the modern forces out to damage you: UV rays, pollution, germs, viruses, dirt and more. Did you know that scientists consider your skin to be the largest organ of the human body?
2. Amazing Skin Factoids:
Experts state that your skin can cover 21 square feet. It weighs about nine pounds. But here’s the most amazing fact: It can contain 11 miles of blood vessels.
Dr. Orlando Cicilioni and his staff at Altiora encourage you to protect your skin from over-exposure to our brilliant but harmful Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, sometimes the last summer fashion accessory we think about is our sunscreen.
And we discourage you from just throwing one in a shopping basket and moving on as you shop in a Big Box store. Likewise, we do not want you to find an overpriced, exotically fragranced sunscreen. Therefore, shop critically. Your skin wants medical grade protection.
Now, regardless of brand or price, your protective sunscreen must possess certain traits:
1. Throw away last year’s bottle or tube of sunscreen. Heat and age have most likely rendered it completely ineffective.
2. Check the label for the phrase “broad-spectrum coverage.” This means it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
3. Most people know that a good sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15. However, many doctors say 30 or 50 SPF will give you the best possible protection.
4. Find one that is water-resistant. (None are completely waterproof!)
Your Skin Savvy Style: from the Sarasota Summer Fashion and Style Chapter of your Skin Owner’s Manual
In addition to health tips, your skin owner’s manual would include some stylish suggestions.
- A big floppy hat,
- Wrap-around sunglasses,
- Complete your look with a long wrap or skirt.
Sunscreen: What’s in a Name?
We would be remiss in our little Sarasota Sun and Skincare Manual if we did not introduce you to the Altiora brand of sunscreen. Melanin Shade. Although we need to wear it all year long, it seems especially important to remind our clients about it as the weather warms up.
Melanin Shade might seem like an unusual name for a sunscreen. To understand it, you should know that melanin is a natural compound created by your skin when exposed to the sunshine.
Melanin is odorless and it is good for people of every skin type. Added to a few other ingredients it becomes Altiora Melanin Shade Sunscreen. In the prescription, you can also analyze active ingredients 7.5% Octinoxate, 5% Zinc Oxide. Dr. Orlando Cicilioni worked with chemists to create this amazing formula for skin protection.
Melanin: The Key to Glowing Skin
The melanin actually in the formula induces a glowing, sun-kissed surface effect on your skin. You see, Melanin Shade contains Melanin, which is a natural bronzing agent. Thus, sunscreen will impart a healthy, lightly sun-kissed bronzing glow on your skin.
It is not marketing hype or magic. It is science. And it is immediately obvious and quite attractive. Best of all, with Altiora’s Melanin Shade Sunscreen, you can attain this bronzed look —without baking your face in the hot sun.
Skincare Manual Notes: Facts about Our Own Sunscreen, Melanin Shade
1. The Sun-Kissed Glow: Melanin Shade is a new kind of sunscreen that provides that healthy tanned look immediately upon application. Likewise, it does the bronzing without the use of the typically smelly tanning ingredients.
2. It’s Natural: Melanin Shade is the first daily-use facial sunscreen that incorporates the natural bronzing compound formed by the skin itself during sun exposure.
3. Our Nose-Friendly Product: This compound is fragrance-free and enriched with antioxidants and vitamins like C, E, and Ferulic acid. Science makes this an odorless sunscreen product: Melanin Shade is a DHA-free formulation. Therefore, it deposits no unpleasant odor on the skin.
Melanin Shade from Altiora: Modern, Natural Protection against the Harmful Rays of the Sun
Of Course, we love Melanin Shade for its trendy beauty and dramatic bronzer effect. However, we also have a more practical reason to love it. You see, patients often leave their sunscreen in the beach bag. No sunscreen can work if it is not applied often and properly.
Our research showed that women avoided sunscreen because they greatly disliked the texture and color of their sunscreen. That is why we created Melanin Shade with a nice texture. Likewise, the special beauty of the bronzy glow in Melanin Shade compels us to use it generously and often.
As always, we thank you for reading our blog at Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa. We hope you enjoyed these tips from the Sarasota Skincare Manual, our owner’s guide for good skin. And remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water as the harmful rays of the sun increase with summer just around the corner.