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Skin Care – Sunscreen Questions Answered


A recent ABC News article discusses the answers to common questions that people often have about proper sunscreen use. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione says the “30-20-2-1” rule is sound advice for consumers.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

According to a July 6, 2013 ABC News article, titled “15 Sunscreen Questions Answered,” even though health conscious sun lovers have been using sunscreen for years, they are still frequently confused about which products provide the most safety from the sun's harmful rays. They may be tempted to buy the highest SPF available, but once they have it, often don't know how often to apply it properly. Following are answers to some common questions that consumers have about sunscreen (Go to

“I agree with the article's recommendation,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “Consumers should heed the “30-20-2-1” rule. They should use at least a “30” SPF product that is waterproof and broad spectrum. After application, the wearer should wait “20” minutes before exposing the skin to the sun. Someone who is not sweating or swimming should wait approximately “2” hours to reapply sunscreen, and apply “1” ounce each time. However, if one's skin is exposed to water, then wearer will need to reapply lotion more often.”

According to the article, some people buy the highest SPF possible, believing that 50, 60, and even 70 SPF must offer extra protection that justifies the higher price typically charged for these products. In reality, nothing higher than 50 SPF really offers much more protection. In fact, the FDA is currently pushing for a rule that would set highest SPF rating allowable at 50.

“Though some questions have been raised about the dangers of chemicals present in many sunscreens,” says Dr. Ourian, “research has not shown any clear link between oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate and risks to humans. Not using protection is by far the more dangerous course to take.”

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about proper sunscreen use can be found on Epione's website

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