Joel Schlessinger MD Offers Anti-Aging and Sun Protection Advice for Eyes in SELF Magazine

Joel Schlessinger MD Offers Anti-Aging and Sun Protection Advice for Eyes in SELF MagazineThe March 2013 issue of SELF Magazine shares advice from Joel Schlessinger MD in an article titled “Trust Us On This One.” Dr. Schlessinger offers advice on preventing premature aging around the eyes with powerful, yet gentle sun protection products. He discusses SPF strength and types of products best-suited for the sensitive area and why it’s so important to protect.

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests using SPF 30 or higher to protect your eye area.

Most eye creams only offer a maximum SPF 15 in order to avoid irritation, but dermatologists recommend using at least an SPF 30. Using a product with a higher SPF provides better results in preventing the formation of dark circles, skin cancer and premature wrinkles. While a product with SPF 15 will provide some protection, it won’t offer the same benefits that can be provided by a stronger, gentler formula.

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests using a gentle, mineral skin care formula.

Choose a sun protection product that contains minerals that are less likely to irritate sensitive skin like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Find gentle facial lotions with an SPF 30 or higher from brands including Elta MD and Neova at

For individuals concerned with stinging, try mineral powders from brands like Colorescience. Powder sun protection formulas won’t burn your eyes and can be dusted over makeup. Colorescience offers a sheer pink powder designed for use on the eyes and an all-over tinted formula with a variety of color options that can double as a facial powder.

Choosing a mineral product over a traditional sun protection formula promotes healthier skin and fewer premature signs of aging. It can also lead to less discomfort and a more even complexion.

Have you tried any mineral SPF products? Let us know in the comments!


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on February 22, 2013, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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