Notes from Dr. Jenq

Skin Care

Sunscreen is a very important component of maintaining your skin. Even for patients who come to me interested in botox or facelift, one of the foundations we talk about is preventing further damage to your skin. The FDA recently came out with new regulations on how sunscreen is marketed, to make it easier for consumers to make an informed decision.

Personally, it has taken me a while to use sunscreen. But I now do so
routinely. Here are some of the reasons that make it easier for me:

1) Using sunscreen isn’t a habit and I just forget.
I put it next to my toothpaste in the morning, so it is convenient for me to remember everyday.

2) Portland is mostly cloudy, do I still need it?
I suppose the optimist in me assumes that the sun can appear at any time. Also, UV rays penetrate the clouds, causing sun damage even if the weather is not sunny.

3) I don’t like the way it feels on my skin.
I finally invested in a sunscreen that I like and would want to use.  Personally, I like Shiseido Sunscreen Ultimate Protection SPH 55 because it is moisturizing without being oily, and it doesn’t have that awful sunscreen smell.  Another brand that I like is Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPH 50.