We’re serious about the importance of daily SPF. So we've partnered with Dr. Corey L. Hartman (@dr.coreyhartman), a board certified Dermatologist, to answer some customer questions about sun exposure, our new SPF line and how to protect your skin from UV rays every day.
Dr. Hartman is the founder and medical director of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
What do you consider daily skin essentials?
"Antioxidants, SPF and retinol. The Everyday Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer hits two of the three—if you can get an antioxidant, a moisturizer and SPF together then it makes for such an easy way to incorporate into a daily routine."
What do you think about Oars + Alps' new SPF line?
“I haven’t found any other men’s brands that have a comprehensive line of SPF. Each product has its own messaging and is made with safe, effective ingredients.”
Are there particular Oars + Alps SPF products you like for certain activities or uses?
"The Everyday Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer incorporates Hyaluronic Acid to help drive hydration into the skin and SPF to protect skin. It is a hybrid with chemical and physical actives, so it gives you the benefits of both to form a reaction and a shield. It rubs in clear—even on darker skin tones.
The Go Stick is the ideal product for on-the-go with an easy application. The addition of Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil locks in hydration, enhances moisture and protects the skin barrier. It is also non-comedogenic so it can be used on your face, will not clog pores and works well with all skin types, including oily skin.
Most lip balms with SPF leave a white cast or gloss. The Shine-Free Lip Balm with SPF offers a matte look, sun protection, moisture and barrier protection.”
What's your perspective on using mineral vs. chemical SPF?
“I always say it only takes one time if you are going to connect with a mineral sunscreen. These days people are so much more educated on reef-friendly products and what their skin likes and needs.”
Why do some mineral sunscreens leave a white cast?
“Mineral sunscreens form a barrier on the skin that reflects the light of the sun. I am a big proponent of mineral sunscreens for that reason—and a mineral sunscreen without a chalky residue on a person of color is an added bonus. The Oars + Alps 100% Mineral blends right into my skin so it can work on all skin tones.”
Why do I always break out after I go to the beach? How can I prevent it?
“The problem could be your sunscreen. Try the SPF Go Stick. It goes on invisible and has non-comedogenic ingredients, so they won't clog pores or cause breakouts. But you still get moisturization and protection with no white cast. Most men have oily skin and you don’t want to use a product that causes another issue. The Go Stick can be used on your face and works well with all skin types, including oily skin. "
Why does my skin always feel so dried out after I'm in the sun?
The sun dehydrates you inside and out. Use the Everyday Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid to drive hydration into the skin. It has both chemical and physical SPF, so you get the benefits of both. Plus, it rubs in clear--even on darker skin.
Follow Dr. Hartman on Instagram @dr.coreyhartman
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