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DERMA E Dermatologist Advocates On Smart Summer Skincare


Clean Skincare brand Derma E’s dermatologist partners share their tips for how best to care for your Summer skin.

On May 1st, clean skincare brand Derma E announced their partnership with three renown U.S. dermatologists to help spread the word that natural, clean ingredient skin care can be equally as effective for real skin solutions. Now Dr. Diana Camarillo, Dr. Gervaise Gerstner and Dr. Shala Fardin are sharing their professional advice on how best to manage your Summer skincare needs.

It’s common knowledge that sun damage isn’t always visible, so how can you avoid it if you don’t even know it’s there? Dr. Diana Camarillo, a board certified dermatologist and Medical Director of Presidio Dermatology in San Francisco says, “If you’re exposing your skin to the sun, then there’s always the potential for sun damage. To truly avoid it, the simplest advice that I can give is to cover up your exposed areas. If you’re at the beach, that means protecting your scalp and face by wearing a broad-brimmed hat, and protecting your arms and torso by wearing a cover-up or rash-guard with UPF 50+ protection.” She continued, “This is especially important during peak sun time, generally from 10am-2pm. It’s also important to apply sunscreen to both your body and face, including your neck & chest, and reapply every 2 hours. I recommend looking for zinc oxide sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, like DERMA E’s Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen or their new Ultra Sheer Mineral Body Sunscreen Mist. It’s affordable, high functioning and reef safe, so it’s protecting both you and the environment.”

For those that have sensitive skin or chronic issues like Eczema, there are some additional things to take into account when it comes to Summer skincare. Dr. Shala Fardin, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology & co-founder of Southern Marin Dermatology in Sausalito, CA says, “While the controlled use of UV light can be helpful for some forms of eczema, others may actually get worse in sunlight. It is often safest to just wear sunscreen when exposing your skin to the sun. My trick, when you know you will be in the sun or are going to be sweating/swimming/etc., is to apply sunscreen, wait 15 minutes, and then reapply as if you didn’t apply it the first time. This helps ensure you're putting on enough and that you don't accidentally miss spots."

Dr. Fardin continues, “For those with sensitive skin, you also want to be aware of the type of sunscreen that you’re applying. SPF sensitivity is common and is usually due to chemical sunscreens. Using a mineral-based sunscreen for sensitive skin is recommended. Fragrances or preservatives can also cause sunscreen sensitivity. Acne-prone skin can use formulations that help mattify and absorb oil and keep pores from getting clogged. Eczema prone skin can use more moisturizing formulations. Some people are actually sensitive or “allergic” to the sun (UV or even visible light) and can get hives or rashes from sun exposure. These patients have to be extra careful in the sun and may need to rely on clothing, hats and shade for their primary forms of sun protection. When you’re out of the sun, I also recommend using a product like DERMA E’s Skinbiotics® Rescue Cream, a doctor-developed, therapeutic, multi-purpose moisturizing cream that helps to calm an array of skin concerns and irritations.

It’s not just spending your Summer outside that causes sun damage though. There are many small day-to-day activities that have the potential to damage your skin. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner of Gervaise Gerstner Dermatology in New York City says, “If you drive to work, you should be aware of what we call ‘Driver’s Hands’. As the name describes, this is when your hands receive more sun exposure through your windshield. To avoid ‘Driver’s Hands’ simply make sure that you’re applying sunscreen to your hands before getting into the car. Also consider that as a driver, the left side of your face and neck are also getting more sun exposure through the driver’s side window and apply sunscreen accordingly. If you’re a frequent flyer and prefer a window seat, then this is another time to make sure that you’re applying sunscreen to your face. When we fly, by default we’re closer to the sun, which means that UV rays are even stronger and more damaging. As a dermatologist I also recommend that my patients always wear some form of SPF sunscreen on the face, because it doesn’t need to be sunny out for your skin to be affected by UV rays. The worst sun damage often happens on those cloudy days when we don’t think we need protection from the sun. If you’re at the beach, the reflection from the water can be intense, so even when you are under an umbrella or have a hat on, you need sunscreen too. An on-the-go Mineral Powder with SPF is a great way to add protection over make-up and throughout your day. DERMA E’s Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is a great option that is vegan, with less toxins and thus also reef safe.”

For those concerned about sun damage, there are 3 simple signs that you can look for that all 3 Derma E dermatologists recommend keeping an eye on:

  • Sun Spots: These brown spots that show up on our skin as we age are the result of sun exposure over time and are often mistakenly called ‘age spots’. In fact, anyone at any age can get ‘sun spots’, and they most frequently show up on the hands, arms, chest and face.
  • Wrinkles: Another symptom of sun damage that’s considered a simple sign of aging, wrinkles are actually caused by UV light damage. Over time, UV rays beat into our skin and break down the collagen that keeps skin tight and firm, causing wrinkles. If there ever was a visible reason to be more vigilant about wearing broad spectrum sunscreen, this might be it.
  • Chapped Lips: We seem to always forget about our lips when applying sunscreen, when in-fact they should be treated the same way we treat the rest of our body. The sun can cause chapped lips that react just like any other sunburn, but over time our lips can become chronically dry and chapped.

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy yourself in the outdoors but it can also be a dangerous time for your skin if you’re not paying attention. Because Derma E takes sun care seriously, they’ve added a new family of 5 sun protection products to their award-winning collection. All 5 products are high-performing, water resistant, and provide broad spectrum coverage with antioxidant-rich formulas that nourish, moisturize and protect the skin. The new products include All Sport Performance Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 & Kids Active Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, both of which are environmentally friendly non-aerosol sprays, quick-drying, lightweight & non-greasy, and water resistant for 80 minutes. Additionally there is the All Sport Performance Face Sunscreen SPF 30 and the Sensitive 3-in-1 Sunscreen SPF 30. And finally, the previously mentioned Ultra Sheer Mineral Body Sunscreen Mist SPF 30. All 5 new Derma E sun protection products are available at Sprouts and will launch at dermae.com on June 3rd.


DERMA E is a leading natural, eco-ethical skin care brand with a global presence. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Simi Valley, California, DERMA E’s mission is to deliver high-quality, affordable and natural skincare products to consumers. DERMA E’s products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs. For more information on DERMA E, please visit https://dermae.com.

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