Elta MD Suncreens – How they Work
The EltaMD sunscreen products provide safe, broad-spectrum UV protection. A good/quality sunscreen helps prevent sunburns and if used correctly with other sun protection methods, should reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the suns UV rays. Ultraviolet rays are invisible energy that radiates directly from the sun. UV-A (aging) rays account for 95% of our sun exposure. Most of the sun exposure we receive is during our youth, before 20 years of age. These UV-A rays lead to skin cancer as we get older. UV-A rays penetrate more deeply into the skin layers compared to UV-B and cause a number of issues including loss of collagen, wrinkles, textural changes and much more. UV-B (burning) rays mostly affect the outer layer of the skin. These are the rays that you can get from a tanning salon. These rays cause sunburns and tanning that also greatly increase the risk of skin cancer over time. Your risk for skin cancer approximately doubles in those sun worshipers who have had more than five sunburns. The Skin Cancer Foundation (Nov. 2010)
When using EltaMD sunscreens, the UV-A and UV-B rays reflect and scatter away from your skin, not absorbed. This gives you much more protection than normal from the sun to prevent a sunburn.
The EltaMD Formulation
All EltaMD sunscreens are formulated with zinc oxide, a natural mineral ingredient that is inert and safe on any skin type. Because zinc maintains its protective ability in the sun, it is more stable than some other chemical ingredients that may degrade as you wear them. The EltaMD Zinc sunscreen blocks the widest spectrum of UV-A and UV-B rays, protecting skin against burning and the premature appearance of aging and risk of skin cancer. Zinc is safe for even the most sensitive skin types.