Between long, sunny days and our dry high desert climate, Bend is a summer lover’s dream. If you’re like us, you’re already dreaming about lounging by the lake or lazy days on the Deschutes. And while many might associate slathering on the sunscreen with tropical vacations, it’s just as important to remember your sunscreen when you’re adventuring closer to home. When it comes to the best face sunscreen around, we recommend Elta MD sunscreen and ZO Skin Health sunscreen for medical-grade sun protection.

Why You Need Face Sunscreen Year-Round

As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, moisture, and collagen. Wearing a daily face sunscreen helps preserve your natural, youthful look. The sun, like the wind and lifestyle factors like smoking and drinking alcohol, dries out the skin and can lead to signs of premature aging. But don’t panic. You don’t have to limit your lifestyle to always stay in the shade. It is possible to keep your skin healthy and still maintain the fun, active lifestyle you love!
Another important benefit of a daily face sunscreen (we know this might seem obvious) is that it reduces your chance of getting sunburned. And, considering it only takes five sunburns to double your risk of melanoma, sunburn is no joke. Using a daily sunscreen, even on overcast days, is your number one ally in reducing your risk of skin cancer.

Choosing the Best Face Sunscreen Is About the Right Active Ingredients

We know you’re busy, but layering on a daily sunscreen before you head outside in Central Oregon is always the rule, not the exception. Unfortunately, not all face sunscreens are made the same. For example, brands often market makeup products with SPF coverage. But that’s no excuse to skip your daily application of a reputable, medical-grade sunscreen with the right ingredients.
The best face sunscreen includes broad spectrum coverage. This blocks both types of UV radiation responsible for sunburns (UVA and UVB). Sunscreens with an SPF coverage of at least 30 will keep you glowing without the deep creases and hyperpigmentation associated with sun damage.

Why We Recommend Using Elta MD and ZO Skin Health

In light of the recent revelation of brands like Neutrogena and Johnson & Johnson pulling sunscreen products off the shelves containing the carcinogen benzene, it’s important to know and trust what you use on your skin. Start by looking for a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen brand. These will often include zinc oxide: a mineral that wards off harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Here at Bend Plastic Surgery, we recommend EltaMD and ZO Skin Health sunscreens for a few reasons. Both product lines have highly-effective active ingredients. EltaMD’s products include zinc oxide paired with nourishing inactives like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid that can help with reducing redness and maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier. The EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 sunscreen is a favorite of ours for its easy, sheer application and moisturizing benefits.
ZO Skin Health sunscreens do more than counter the expected cosmetic concerns like hyperpigmentation from sun damage. They also help protect your skin from blue light. The Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is unique in its self-adjusting tint, helping your skin to fight daily UV exposure emitted from smartphone screens, the TV, fluorescent bulbs, and laptops. ZO’s line of innovative vitamin-enriched powdered sunscreen provides SPF 45 coverage in three luminous shades. ZO sunscreens are backed and developed by world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi.

Love Your Skin, No Matter the Season!

Bend Plastic Surgery offers a host of professional and medical-grade cosmetic treatments to keep your skin glowing. If you’re looking for help with age spots or sun damage, consider scheduling a consultation with us to correct sun damage on the skin. If your skin is feeling a bit dull from winter and you’re looking for a reset, a chemical peel or Hydrafacial may be the perfect place to start. Right now might be the perfect time to upgrade your skincare regimen as you head into a busy summer!
Need to talk through your skin care needs with our experienced team of skincare professionals? We are here to help! Call the Cosmetic Clinic to discover which of our skincare treatments might keep your skin in optimal health for summer.