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When Should I Purge And Replace My Make-up?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

They say “all good things must come to an end,” and unfortunately, the shelf-life of your make-up is no exception. At some point, they expire either from age or contamination and it’s time to purge and replace. So how is one supposed to know how long to expect their make up to last?

Look on the product box or label for the POA (“period after opening”) symbol on your cosmetic. This symbol will tell you how long the product will last once you have opened it. The symbol is a cosmetic jar with an open lid. You will see a number and letter inside (6M, 12M, 24M) indicating whether it is good for 6 months, 12 months, 24 months etc.

If you don’t know the POA of a product, here are a few signs that it’s time to pitch a cosmetic:

 

  • It smells wonky
  • If it looks bumpy or chunky instead of smooth after you apply it.
  • If small, shiny or shimmery areas appear on the top of your powders (pressed powers, blush, eye shadows); this means oils from your skin, fingers, make-up brushes etc. have been transferred onto the surface of your powder. You can try to gently scrape it off but if it has penetrated very deep, it’s time to pitch it. It will be difficult to get a good application, as your makeup brushes will have a hard time picking up the makeup from its compact and distributing it evenly.
  • If you have had an eye infection or a cold sore.

There are a few keys to preserving most cosmetic items:

  1. Do not share your make up – with ANYONE. Seriously. No really, don’t do it. Sharing your makeup means sharing the millions of micro-organisms present on your skin! Ewe! Someone else’s micro-bacterial bits transferred to your skin (or vice versa) isn’t exactly a beauty booster and take it from someone who spent the last few days of her freshman year in an eye patch trying to pass her final exams half blind, an eye infection is no joke!
  2. Keep your finger out of them. Oils, debris and bacteria from your fingers can contaminate your makeup and shorten its shelf-life.
  3. Always use a clean brush. Avoid double-dipping your makeup brush once it has touched your skin. Cross-contamination from your make up brush into your makeup compact or container can cause you to have to pitch your product.
  • When applying liquid foundations, concealers or cream makeup, use spatula to remove the amount your will need and dab it on the back of your hand like a palette. You can double-dip your brush or use your finger as often as you like at that point.
  • I also recommend an anti-bacterial brush spritzer after each use. Then once a week, soak them in a glass of water with Shampoo (for brushes made of real hair) or gentle anti-bacterial soap for synthetic brushes. Then rub them with a little hair conditioner, rinse and let them dry.

The typical shelf-life times for most cosmetics:

3-4 months range-

  • Mascara / liquid eyeliner:

These are first on my list for good reason. You want to stick pretty close to the shelf-life dates these ones. They will go bad and are easily contaminated. When oxygen gets in the tubes, it dries out the product so try not to “pump” the wand, instead just rotate it. This will help you make it to the 3-4 month mark. In the event that you have any type of eye irritation or infection, conjunctivitis / sty, then boom! It goes straight in the trash! It’s contaminated and could re-infect you.

6 – 12 month range-

  • Cream blush, cream eye shadows:

Expect them to last 6-12 month unless you are dipping into these creams with your fingers, which can transplant the oils, debris and bacteria living on your skin into your makeup and shorten their shelf life.

12 -18 Month range-

  • Liquid Foundations & Concealers:
  • Pressed Powder
  • Lipsticks, Lip Liners,  Lip Gloss
  • Eye Liner Pencils

12 -24 Month range-

  • Powder Blush
  • Powder Eye Shadow

Happy Purging!

Sincerely,

Your Skincare Specialist

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Preparing For Your Liposculpture Surgery

Friday, April 19th, 2019

You will receive paperwork in the mail a few days after you schedule your surgery.  While it is tempting to rely on internet sources for information, there is a great deal of mis-information out there.  It is best to rely on Dr. Castillo’s PROFESSIONAL advice and instructions as he has over three decades of knowledge and expertise in this area.  Please take the time to thoroughly read through the material provided as it reviews the important information you will need for the days leading up to surgery.  Inside the packet you will also find a reminder for your pre-operative appointment.  This appointment typically occurs about 7-10 days prior to your surgery.

What To Expect At Your Pre-Op Appointment:

  • Pre-surgical weight & measurements will be recorded so that we can track your progress post-surgery.
  • Physical exam – During this visit, Dr. Castillo will perform a brief medical exam by listening to your heart and lungs, and asking some health-related questions.
  • Lab work 
  • Prescriptions – You will be given a prescription for pain medication. You will not be given an antibiotic as it is not needed for this type of procedure.
  • Before photos – A set of before photos will be taken for your medical records. You will receive a copy of them at your 1- or 3-week visit. Be sure to file these in a safe place in case you need to refer to them in the future.
  • Betadine Body Cleanser – You will be asked to wash the surgical regions with this cleanser (provided by us) beginning 3 days prior to surgery and again the morning of surgery. Don’t worry, the Betadine cleanser will not stain your skin but you must rinse it off just like regular body soap. It is not meant to remain on your skin.
  • Review of your surgical plan & recovery – One of Dr. Castillo’s best qualities is that he is thorough. He will walk you through your upcoming surgery and the recovery process. You will leave your pre-operative appointment withe a good understanding of what to expect.
  • Questions – If by chance Dr. Castillo did not touch on a question you have, now is the time to ask. Remember our goal is to make sure you are well informed so don’t be shy about asking. It’s your body after all!
  • The remainder of your surgical balance will be collected at your pre-op visit. We do not conduct business on surgical mornings as we are concentrating only on your surgery at that time.

10 Days Prior To Surgery:

  • Begin taking an iron supplement (Ferrous Gluconate).
  • Discontinue taking all Aspirin, Ibuprophen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve… (all NSAIDS). Also discontinue all Vitamin E (which may be in your multi-vitamin) and fish oil. If yo are unsure if a medication or supplement contains any of these ingredients, please call our office or ask your pharmacist for clarification.
  • Because the above listed medications / supplements are all blood thinners and I strongly suggest removing all of the above blood thinner from your reach during this time. Taking them during with-in the 10-day period prior to your surgery could cause a medical complication. It’s too easy to take these for a headache or pain without thinking about it. Then it is too late.  We may need to postpone your surgery for your own safety.  If you accidentally take one of the these prior to your surgery date, you MUST inform Dr. Castillo.  If you need a pain reliever during this 10-day prior, you can use Tylenol.

Personal Arrangements To Consider:

  • Liposcultpure is performed in under general anesthesia. This mean you will need to make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery.
  • We ask that you make arrangements for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • If you have small children or pets, you may need assistance for the first 24-48 hours.
  • Since many of our patients travel some distance to see us, Dr. Castillo has made special arrangements with the I-Hotel in Champaign to offer our patients a discounted “CASTILLO STAYCATION” package. This package includes transportation from our office back to the hotel on the day of surgery, dinner and breakfast for two and your hotel accommodations. Our office staff will be happy to assist you with those arrangements if you have questions.

 

The Night Prior To Surgery:

  • Wardrobe – select easy to slip on flat shoes and bottoms and a zip or button top to wear on the day surgery. Keep in mind that when we perform liposculpture, we inject tumescent fluid into the body. This fluid is going to leak back out of a few tiny little puncture areas for up to about 36 hours after surgery. Therefore, I would recommend NOT wearing your favorite outfit to surgery as it will be a little messy.  We will send you home with absorbent covers to sit or lay on to protect your furniture.
  • You will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Plan on having a quiet, relaxing evening and make getting a goods sleep a priority. Often patients arrive for surgery and tell me that they stayed up most of the night so they would sleep most the day after surgery. Lack of sleep is never helpful.  It often creates anxiety and restlessness. Having a well-rested mind and body can and will make all the difference during your initial recovery.  Go to bed rest-assured, knowing that you have chosen a surgeon who has not only dedicated more than 3 decades of his life performing more than 1,000 liposculpture procedures but who is also the Past-President of The Society For Liposuction Surgery!

See you soon!

Warmly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare & Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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What To Expect During Your Liposuction Consultation

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Liposculpture Basics:

Dr. Castillo has been sculpting bodies into more proportionate forms since the early 80’s.  In the hands of an expertly trained and experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon, body contouring via Liposculpture (Liposuction) can do more in a few hours to equalize the proportions of the body, then you may be able to do on your own in a lifetime.

While making healthy food choices and maintaining a regular exercise regimen is essential for maintaining trim body shape, “spot-reducing”disproportionate areas through those means, where fat tends to over-collect is nearly impossible to correct on your own.

Liposuction will remove excess fat that over-accumulates in certain areas, resulting in body bulges of the hips, waist, stomach, lateral and medial thighs, back, arms, even the neck and face.

Liposculpture is used best in one of two ways:

  1. For those with a relatively normal BMI, who have 2-5 problem areas they wish to have reduced, such as the hips, thighs, stomach and waist…
  2. For those individuals who have a higher than normal weight, volume reduction liposcultpure is the procedure of choice. Here the main goal is to remove as much fat as possible, typically up to 6 quarts (1.5 gallons) of fat. Volume reduction liposuction can reduce and better equalize your over-all body shape. The best candidates for volume reduction liposuction would have a BMI less than 35.

 Your Consultation:

Dr. G.D. Castillo offers consultations for body contouring in both his Champaign (Savoy) and Bloomington, Illinois locations.  You will be greeted by our patient coordinator as soon as you arrive. Then you will be escorted back to one of our consultation rooms where you will meet briefly with a member of our clinical staff.  You will be asked a few brief questions regarding your health history, including a list of your current medications, allergies, past surgeries etc.

You will then meet with Dr. Castillo to share your body contouring goals.  Once he has performed a quick body evaluation, he will discuss his recommendations and give you a detailed over-view of what to expect before, during and after your surgery.  You will also receive an all-inclusive cost quote so there are no surprises.

Don’t be shy about asking questions.  We want you to be well informed so that you can make the decision that is right for you. Most patients take some to think about the information they have received and call to schedule if they decide to move forward with the surgery, though we can certainly make all the arrangements for your pre-op appointment, surgery and post-op check ups before you leave the office if that works best for you. Once you have scheduled surgery, you will receive a surgical packet in the mail that will contain instructions on how to best prepare for upcoming surgery. Once you receive it, if you have any questions at all, just give a call.  We are always here to help.

Questions you might want answers to:

  1. Q: Will the fat Dr. Castillo removes return?

A: That is a big – “FAT” —NO!  Of course, that does not mean it will prevent you from accumulating more fat in the future, typically in other areas, if you are not disciplined in your diet and exercise habits.

  1. Q: How long before I can return to an active lifestyle?

A: You can expect to be up and walking around the day of your surgery and walking a mile the day following surgery. Patients return to most forms of activity after the 1st week.  Running and high-impact aerobics can be resumed after the 3rd week.

  1. Q: What effect, if any, will liposculpture have on the appearance of my skin?

A:  This ranges on a variety of factors such age, degree of sun damage, skin type, weight stability etc.  This is a question Dr. Castillo will be better able to address once he evaluates your skin.

4. Q: What is the scheduling time before surgery? 

A:  Surgical availability can vary greatly so it is best to check with us once you have some dates in mind.   We will be happy to discuss our available dates in your consultation or by phone.  If you have a certain date or time frame in mind, it is best to schedule your consultation at least several weeks before

5. Q: What kind of results can I expect?

6. Q: Do you have before and after photos of your work?

 

A few things to consider when making the decision to have surgery are:

  • Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates for liposculpture are those who:

  • Have been at a stable weight for at least 6 months
  • Have realistic expectations. It should not be thought of as a “weight-loss” solution. Liposculpture is not meant to solve the issues of someone who is chronically over-weight. Making healthy life-style choices when it comes to eating right and exercising regularly will still be up to you.
  • Those with a BMI of less than 35

 

  • Will this procedure give me the results I am looking for?
  • Are there other options I should consider?

 

  • Is Dr. Castillo, his facility and his staff right for you?
  • How much experience does Dr. have performing Liposculpture?
  • Is he board-certified?
  • What is his expertise in liposcultpure? (Did you know he is the Past-President of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery?!!)
  • Did you feel comfortable with his explanation?
  • Did he answer your questions?
  • Did you finish the consult with a clear idea of expectations?
  • Was Dr. Castillo kind, professional and knowledgeable?
  • Was communication between you and Dr. Castillo / staff clear?
  • Was his staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful?
  • Were you comfortable in the facility?

Important Note:

Traditional Liposuction / Liposcultpure is still the GOLD STANDARD of treatment.  While there are many new non-surgical “fat reduction” treatments being marketed today, Dr. Castillo has elected not to offer those treatments to our patients.  We want what our patients want; the best outcome possible.  Traditional liposculpture delivers 360 degree contouring known as 3-D or tri-dimensional body sculpting. Today, there is simply no substitute for traditional liposculpture in regards to accurate, safe, consistent results, unlike non-surgical options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANSING AT NIGHT

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

I can’t tell you the number of men and women who have confessed to me that they often skip washing their face at night.  Noooo!  Pleeeease!  Must wash.

Aside from wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, washing your face at night is probably the most important step on the road to healthier skin.

Why:

Not to freak you out but seriously – it’s a dirty, dirty world out there.  Think of all of the bacteria, dirt, grime, environmental pollutants floating around in the air. Guess what – they land on your skin. They get stuck to your skin… embedded in your make-up. This happens to you daily, whether you realize it or not.

How many items do you touch every day: a grocery cart, money, door knobs…?  Again, you just made skin contact with bacteria, dirt, grime, pollutants and probably touched your face as some point. Am I right?  I know, that is not a pretty picture! At the end of the day how can unwashed skin appear pretty covered in all that environmental garb? Not to mention that if you didn’t wash your face before bed, you’ve just transferred all the bacteria, dirt, grime and pollutants to your pillow.  Yes, the very pillow you lay your sweet little head on every night.  Move over microbes! Make room for me!

Now – if the dirty world reality check wasn’t enough to convince you to wash your face every single night, well then… I guess… I’ll try harder…

Let’s talk about large pores:

Larger pores are one of the top concerns patients in our skincare suite want to address. Washing your face every single night is the best way to avoid large pore issues.  If you are not consistent with nighttime cleansing, your pores will get impacted with all the above mentioned grossness and form blackheads, whiteheads, full blown break outs, develop irritations and inflammation and lead to… you guessed it… larger pores.

A Better Canvas:

Like any good and prideful artist, you must start your painting with a pristine canvas! Having clean, smooth, well hydrated, and UV protected skin will make applying flawless make up so much easier!

So Why All The Emphasis On Cleansing At Night?

It’s simple really.

Even the most basic at-home skincare regimens require an application of moisturizer and maybe a retinoid or anti-aging product of some kind.  Even if you don’t wear make-up, your skin needs to be cleansed to remove the dead cells of the day so that your skincare products can penetrate effectively and do their intended job.  Your skin is working hard while you sleep.  It is a time of increased rejuvenation and cell renewal.

 

You must be on-board by now with consistent nightly cleansing, so let’s take a look at the proper way to cleanse at night.

I like facial cleansers (notice I did not say a bar of soap or facial wipes) that contain exfoliating enzymes, AHA’s, BHA’s, or certain botanicals to help break down the days build up.  I recommend massaging the cleanser into wet skin with your clean hands and then using a damp facial sponge, thin buff puff or textured facial cloth to clean away all the debris.  Rinse, then pat your skin dry.

Cleansing not only helps remove dead cells, bacteria and grime but it stimulates circulation and improves cells turnover. Yay! This means new fresh, sexy skin cells! Now you are ready for the rest of your skincare routine.

 

 

 

Warmly,

Y0ur Skincare Specialist,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Liposculpture That Delivers Real Results!

Friday, January 18th, 2019

As we begin 2019, we have many procedures – modalities available to treat unwanted fat.  Unfortunately most of those non-surgical modalities lead patients down a lumpy path of disappointment.  The reality is that even if you are at a normal weight (BMI below 34)  excessive fat in areas such as the “love handles or hips, back, thighs, stomach, etc.  can make your body look disproportionate. The only way to accomplish real results is to actually remove quantifiable – measurable – fat.

If you find yourself in a consultation where someone suggests a type non-surgical modality rather than traditional liposuction or liposculpture, you may want to ask a simple question:  “How much fat will this procedure physically remove in terms of pounds or volume?”

Traditional liposculpture removes up to 6000 cc of fat at the time of the procedure! That is 13 pounds or 7 quarts or 1.8 gallons of fat!  These are typical numbers for volume reduction liposculpture performed at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center routinely. So yes, traditional liposculpture translates into being able to downsize in a significant way – by 2 to 3 sizes!

When considering if the latest way to “reduce” body fat is the best way to get the results you desire, ask the hard questions that are important to your outcome!

 

•How many pounds will you remove?

•How much volume will I loose?

•Will the results be smooth or lumpy?

•How many treatments will I need to achieve my desired results?

•What happens to the “melted fat?”  Are there future health concerns I should know about?

When asked “was worth it?”, more than 95% of our traditional liposculpture patients answered – ABSOLUTELY!

If you are looking for consistent, smooth, proportionate, REAL results consider choosing the “gold-standard” of body contouring – traditional liposculpture surgery.

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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POST-SURGICAL PAIN PUMPS

Friday, October 26th, 2018

A common reasons patients put off having the cosmetic surgery they have always dreams of is their concern about post-surgical pain. While pain is a valid concern, it doesn’t have to be. Today, we offer our patients a simple way to manage pain without pills (narcotics).

This technology is called a pain pump. While the majority of the surgeries we perform at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery do not results in much post-surgical pain, utilization of a pain pump can offer a more comfortable recovery period for those procedures that do or for those individuals who have a low pain threshold.

A pain pump is a simple, non-electrical device that delivers local anesthetic (numbing

medication) such as Marcaine, directly to the surgical site after your surgery, allowing you to recover from surgery without the typically discomfort.

The pain pump looks like a small ball or balloon and comes in it’s own strapped carrying case. Dr. Castillo connects the pain pump at the surgical site at the time of surgery. It will deliver medication to the surgical area slowly and continuously through tiny catheters for 3-4 days. As the patient, you do not have to do anything with the pain pump. It is automatically regulated; you just get to reap the rewards of steady relief!

The pain pump offers pain management without the side effects of traditional methods of pain control like oral pain medications. This means you can avoid the potential side effect that oral pain medications often cause such as:

      •mental fogginess             •drowsiness              •nausea             •vomiting             •dizziness            •constipation

For patients who are narcotic sensitive or allergic, this can be a first-rate alternative for pain management. Patients who elect to use pain pumps are typically moving, driving and functioning and return to normal life activities more quickly since the affects are limited to the surgical area, the rest of your body & mind remain unaffected and have normal function.

While it does add about $350.00 to the cost of your surgery, the feedback we receive from our patients is that use of the pain pump provided them with a much smoother and quicker recovery than they had originally anticipated.

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com 

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A Review of Make-up Brushes for Eyes

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Selecting the right eye make-up brushes to achieve the look you want, shouldn’t strain your brain but sometimes it can feel like it! There are so many options for such a tiny space (eyelids), it’s hard to know which ones you really need. Choosing the right brushes to complete your look can really make a different in whether your eyes look tired and aged or bright and uplifted.

 

Dual-Fiber Eye Brush:

This is my FAVORITE eye brush! Super versatile! It makes applying and blending light layers of shadow a cinch. As we get older, the words light layers and blending could not become more important to maintaining a youthful looking eye. So I think this brush is must have. It can also really decrease the frustrations of trying to discreetly conceal any under-eye area flaws. It’s easy to lay down very thin layers of concealer with its wispy, feather like bristles. Very lightly dampen the ends of the bristles and lightly whisk the brush across your problem areas for thin, flawless coverage. The trick to using this brush successfully is to relinquish all control. Instead of holding it near the Ferrule (metal part), move as far back on the handle as you can. This will make a huge difference in your application.

 

Eye Base Brush:

This is a pretty basic, user-friendly brush. In fact, it is my go to brush for all-over applications, but works just as well for specific placement of color before moving on to a blender brush.

 

Eye Blender Brush:

You guessed it! This brush is for blending, the most important part of your eye shadow application. This is a versatile, fluffier, long-bristle, domed brush. It can be used to apply a light color wash or to soften the edges of multiple colors, blending them into a seamless transition. Swirl in a circulation motion to blend shadow into the crease of your eye. Just like the Dual Fiber eye brush, hold this brush near the end of handle. The less control you have the better.

 

Mini Eye Crease Shader:

If you are beginning to feel like its time to stop wearing eye shadow because it makes your eyes look older rather than younger… go get this brush! Crease shaders in general are meant to contour the eye to give dimension. The “mini” crease shader has a smaller end with a bit of a point. Use it like a stylus or pencil to draw on color to create shape and definition. This brush will become your best friend if the outside portion of your upper lid is turning downward which happens to most of us as we age. Rather than following the crease line of your upper lid when applying shadow, try defining your upper lid shape by drawing on a medium dark shade of shadow from the lateral end of your lower lid up to your brow bone, then medially, mid-way across the brow bone, creating a bit of right angle or sideways “v” depending on your lid shape to lift the eye shape back up to a more youthful shape. Then shade and blend, blend, blend as you normally would, adding lighter and dark colors; medium -dark on the edges, lighter inside.

 

Angled Eye Contour Brush:

Create contour of your eyelid by applying and blending shadows into the crease of your eye until they become seamless. Now if your eyelids “maturing”, I recommend that you avoid placing dark or heavy shadow in the crease of your eyelids.  This will only create a more tired appearance. Instead, as discussed above, use the mini-shader to draw a line from the outside corner of your upper lid to the brow bone to help draw the eye upward, then blend.

 

Smudge Brush:

Looking for a little drama? This brush can be used to apply eyeliner or eye shadow near the lash line. Then blend to soften the line to create the sultry, smoky eye.

 

Brow Brush: Thinly shaped, angled bristles used to re-shape or fill in sparse eyebrows.

 

Warmly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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309-662-0436 Bloomington

Ask Our Expert: What is the best type of sunscreen?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

 

Q: What is the best type of sunscreen?

A: Historically, it has been shown that physical sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA & UVB radiation and are less likely to cause skin irritation.  Dr. Castillo, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging expert  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/ recommends medical-grade, physical sunscreens to all his patients.

There are two divisions of sunscreen ingredients; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect the UV radiation while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation and break it down within the skin. Some sunscreens contain both a physical and a chemical component.

There are two types of physical sunscreens available; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Today, these ingredients can be found in finely micronized, nano-sphere  form which allows for ease of daily use. Not only does zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide needed broad-spectrum coverage but they are also beneficial to those who have sensitive skin or are irritated by chemical ingredients.

You will typically find multiple active ingredients listed in chemical sunscreen.  Each chemical ingredient protects only against a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Be aware that at this time many over-the-counter sunscreens protect against UVB rays only, although there are a few chemical ingredients like Oxybenzone that do offer UVA/UVB protection. Therefore, when purchasing over the counter sunscreen, it is important to examine the label for the claim “broad-spectrum.”  Also look for a sunscreen that says “very water resistant.”  However, keep in mind that even the best water resistant sunscreens can only protect you for 80 minutes.  Then you will need to re-apply.

With inconsistent OTC product labels and the idea that active ingredients in sunscreens differ from manufacturer to manufacturer it can be difficult to decipher all of them so I have provided at chart of the more common ingredients found in sunscreens.  When in doubt whether a sunscreen will effectively protect you and your family, I recommend selecting a medical grade sunscreen from your local cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our patient’s favorite sunscreens are:

Physical Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science,  is a chemical-free, pure physical broad-spectrum medical-grade sunscreen making it perfect for even oily and acne skin types! It offers superior protection due to it’s high percentage of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.

Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers medical grade 12% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Prime Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers 10% Titanium Dioxide, 4% Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an added skin primer.

Body Guard is a medical-grade, body mist sunscreen, making it perfect for those on the go or chasing after little ones.

Chemical & physical ingredients found in sunscreens.

Ingredient:                                            Ray Type:

Avobenzone UVA
Dioxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Homosalate UVB
Octocrylene UVB
Octyl methoxycinnamate UVB
Octisalate UVB
Oxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Padimate O UVB
Mexoryl UVA/UVB
Titanium dioxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum
Trolamine salicylate UVB
Zinc oxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum

WARNING: You must actually apply the sunscreen to your skin.  Just purchasing it will not provide sufficient protection! lol

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                 https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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