Choosing the right sunscreen may seem like a simple process, but at Suncoast Skin Solutions, we view it as a more complex endeavor than others might. The old adage that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is nowhere more accurate than in respect to sun protection.

Encouraging photoprotection is the leading preventative health strategy used by physicians involved in skin care. Although sun avoidance is to some minds, the ideal situation, we don’t practice ‘vampire’ dermatology at Suncoast Skin Solutions – the Bay area is beautiful, and outdoor lifestyles are enjoyed by most of us. To that end, the regular use of sunscreens represents a practical compromise. Their benefit in some types of skin cancer is clear: studies show that sunscreens prevent the formation of squamous cell carcinomas in animals.

The whole sunscreen industry has been plagued by confusing terms and standards. Everyone has heard the term SPF, this is the sun protection factor, which is defined as the dose of ultraviolet radiation required to produce 1 minimal erythema dose, enough to get your skin red, on protected skin after the application of 2 mg/cm2 of product divided by the UVR required to produce 1 MED on unprotected skin.

A water-resistant product maintains the SPF level after 40 minutes of water immersion, whereas a very water-resistant (formerly waterproof) product maintains the SPF level after 80 minutes of water immersion. A broad-spectrum or full-spectrum sunscreen provides both UV-B and UV-A protection, ideally through the entire UV-A I and UV-A II range.

If the above discussion is perplexing, don’t worry, that’s why we are here to help and guide you to choosing a product that you like and will use. We pride ourselves on carrying the widest variety of sunscreens, in an array of different vehicles and mechanisms. Sunscreens have traditionally been divided into chemical absorbers and physical blockers on the basis of their mechanism of action. The blockers are more stable on the skin, but in the past were not considered cosmetically elegant as they often left a white layer on the skin, new micronized formulations have largely eliminated that problem.

Our fully stocked selection includes daily moisturizers, gels, creams, lotions, mousses, rub on sticks, sprays, makeups, and even products that improve the sun protection afforded by your clothes! Besides the obvious protection from the carcinogenig effects of UV radiation, these products will keep you looking younger, since the degradation of collagen and other skin components due to the sun’s rays is well documented. At Suncoast Skin Solutions we are dedicated to undoing the sun’s damage. That process starts with what you put on your skin every day.