Sun Protection Guide

Sun Protection Guide

When Jane Iredale formulated the first SPF mineral base that launched her namesake company more than 20 years ago, it was not common to put sunscreen in makeup. Today, her multitasking SPF makeup and skincare formulas are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad spectrum sunscreens. Its makeup that enhances your natural beauty while helping reduce the damaging effects of the UV rays that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

People often ask me what I think is the most potent anti-aging routine you can practice. Without hesitation, it’s sunscreen.


What’s the difference between a sunscreen and a sunblock?

Under the new FDA final rule on the labeling and testing of sunscreen products the word “Sunblock” is no longer allowed. The FDA is trying to eliminate any confusion the public may have or sense of false security. However, the Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in our bases does physically block UV rays by acting like tiny mirrors on the skin reflecting and refracting the rays. Most chemical sunscreens have highly efficient absorption capabilities through the UVB, partly the UVA, and in some instances infrared wavelengths. Once the chemicals have absorbed their limit, the sunscreen ceases to be effective. (Absorption is the process in which light is “lost” when it falls on a material. The light is not actually lost, but is converted into some other energy, such as heat.)

In Sunscreens: Development: Evaluation, and Regulatory Aspects, Nicholas J Lowe (Editor), renowned dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCLA School of Medicine, takes a closer look at mineral UVA blockers, stating that a new subclass of physical blockers, micronized reflecting powders, have more recently been made available from a variety of manufacturers. Unlike traditional physical blockers, micronized reflecting powders are less visible, yet provide broad-spectrum protection against ultraviolet radiation (UVR). These should prove useful in UVR-sensitive patients resistant to older physical blockers for cosmetic reasons. An additional benefit is that they do not cause photosensitivity. Not all mineral powders have an SPF rating. If they do, the SPF rating must be specified on the label.

Are sunscreens effective against melanoma?

It’s not safe to rely on sunscreens alone to prevent melanoma, which is now the 10th most common type of cancer in the U.S. Most dermatologists feel that it takes over 20 years for melanoma to develop. Those with this cancer today had to have been exposed to the sun’s damage two decades ago before effective sunscreens had been developed. Dr. Ceilley, former president of the American Academy of Dermatology, states, “Sun protection should begin in childhood and continue throughout life. Overwhelming evidence supports the beneficial effect of sunscreen usage, not only in preventing painful sunburn, but also in preventing photoaging and skin cancer, including melanoma.”

Is there such a thing as a safe tan?

No! A tan is a sign of injury. It is the body’s attempt to increase sun protection after the skin is already permanently damaged by an overdose of ultraviolet radiation! More than 90% of the visible signs of aging are due to sun exposure. And that means all sun exposure, because ultraviolet radiation damage is cumulative. Walking to the mailbox, getting in your car, and sitting by the window all count! Unprotected exposure to the sun is like sitting in a time machine on fast-forward.

Can sun damage be reversed?

Some damage can be reversed or minimized but only if the skin is always protected from the sun. There are many excellent skin care products and nutritional supplements on the market today that can substantially aid the skin in repairing sun damage. But they do little good if they aren’t combined with sun protection – so remember to wear your sunscreen, and a hat!

What are some of the effects of sun exposure?

Lines, wrinkles and sagging are the direct result of sun damage to the underlying collagen and elastin fibers. Hyperpigmentation can be caused or exacerbated by sun irritation to the melanocytes (the pigment producing cells), which in turn causes overproduction of melanin, which is in fact the body’s attempt to protect itself. Add in hypopigmented macules, telangiectasias and raised, rough precancerous actinic keratoses (the most common skin precancers) and the result of tanning is not pretty.


Try the Powder-Me SPF® Dry Sunscreen

Nourish, protect and soothe your skin with this broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen for body, face and scalp. Water-resistant up to 40 minutes.

Apply generously to body, face and scalp for sun protection. Use included sponge applicator by patting first and then gently gliding across body, or apply using a brush.


  • A dry sunscreen for face and body without chemical sunscreen actives.
  • SPF 30 broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection.
  • Water resistant to 40 minutes.
  • Can be used on sunburn to help calm and soothe the skin.

Visit us at Apsara Spa for more information or book a Jane Iredale makeup consultation with us today!

1514 Wealthy St SE
Suite 282
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


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