Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreens Available at Evolutions

Evolutions Sunscreen Santa BarbaraWe’ve been experiencing Spring-like weather for some time now and our sun exposure is only going to ramp up, most likely until late Fall! At our Santa Barbara Medical & Day Spa, we know that there is no one-size-fits-all sunscreen and that is why we carry a variety of sunscreens. You can feel confident that all of them will give you a high level of protection while you choose the one that best fits your skin’s needs.

Here is more information about our sun protection products:


  • Quick-absorbing with a light finish
  • Lightweight, easily can be worn alone or under makeup
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation
  • says it is a great pick for those with “combination, oily, or break-out prone skin” (December 2015)


  • INVISIBLE ZINC technology gives you the protection of zinc without the white finish (dries clear)
  • Br0ad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Lightweight and oil free
  • Non-comedogenic and won’t cause irritation
  • Water-resistant up to 40 minutes
  • Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen


  • A lightweight feel that dries in an elegant matte finish
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Use alone or under makeup and other skin care products
  • Non-greasy, PABA-free
  • Fragrance-free

TiZO3 FACIAL MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 40 by Fallene Cosmeceuticals

  • Sun protection that goes on silky with a non-greasy matte finish
  • Free of: chemical sunscreens, preservatives, oils, fragrances, or PABA
  • Contains #1 (Zinc Oxide) and #2 (Titanium Dioxide) rated sunscreen filters
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Photostable: will not break down in sunlight
  • Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
  • Gentle enough to use after aesthetic skin treatments (lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facial cosmetic surgery, etc.,)

SOLAR PROTECTION FORMULA SPF 58 by Fallene Cosmeceuticals 

  • Strong sun protection that is lightly tinted that fades to your natural tone
  • Free of: chemical sunscreens, preservatives, oils, fragrances, or PABA
  • Contains #1 (Zinc Oxide) and #2 (Titanium Dioxide) rated sunscreen filters
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Photostable: will not break down in sunlight
  • Water-resistant up to 40 minutes
  • Gentle enough to use after aesthetic skin treatments (lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facial cosmetic surgery, etc.,)
  • Excellent product for children


  • 100% natural, mineral-based pigments
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Antioxidants help minimize signs of premature aging and the formation of dark spots
  • Brightens skin tone
  • Hydrates for firm, supple skin
  • Non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, animal cruelty-free

Sun Protection for Lips, Nose and Ears
LIPTECT SPF 45 by Fallene Cosmeceuticals

  • LipTect is specifically developed for the thinnest layers of skin on the lips, nose, and ears
  • Combines Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for sun protections; it is free of chemical sunscreens
  • An elegant soothing formula that fades to a natural skin tone

Dr. Perkins hand-selects our skin care products – including sunscreen – based on therapeutic-value, reputation, and high level of client satisfaction so you can rest-assured that these sunscreens will work for you (although don’t forget to reapply after water exposure, excessive sun exposure, or excessive sweating).

If you have questions or would like to purchase any of these sun protection products, stop by today.

In The News: FDA to Enforce Stricter Labeling for Sunscreens

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins (and owner of Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara) always reinforces the very important role that sun protection plays whenever people ask him how to prevent wrinkles (or prevent further wrinkles). Being regimented about your sun protection – which includes using a sunscreen that blocks out both UVA and UVB rays and reapplying it after excessive exposure to the sun, swimming or sweating, and using additional protection (such as hats or sun-protective clothing with SPF) – will not only help to prevent wrinkles, premature aging, and hyperpigmentation (darker spots on the skin) but also plays a great role in the prevention of skin cancer.

Dr. Perkins is not alone in advocating that people be diligent about sun protection. In fact, in the news this morning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now taking a more active role in how well a sunscreen product protects users against ultraviolet A rays (UVA). UVB rays make people burn, whereas UVA rays penetrate deeper, which can be more damaging in the long run.

According to an article on “World News with Diane Sawyer”, the FDA will begin to enforce more rigid standards on the manufacturers of sunscreens. Those that promote a “broad spectrum” claim (meaning they protect against UVA and UVB rays) “will have to show that the amount of UVA protection proportionally increases as the SPF level increases” and “the product will also need to be SPF 15 or higher”. Additionally, “sunscreens will have to include a drug facts box on the back of the bottle”, they no longer will be identified as “sun block” because this implication is inaccurate, and they can no longer claim the product offers more than two hours of protection or “claim the product as water-proof or sweat-proof without indicating the length of time it can provide full protection”.

The article also included input from Dr. Mark Abdelmalek, chief of dermatology and ABC News medical contributor who was quoted as saying that “zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens which are already known to reliably protect against UVA and UVB rays”.

The sun protection products available at Evolutions – such TIZO SPF 40 made up of titanium, iron, and zinc oxides, Obagi sun protection products, and Colorescience Sunforgettable mineral make-up sun protection – are what we would consider sunBLOCKS because the ingredients physically block the UVA and UVB rays, as corroborated by Dr. Abdelmalek.

On a side note, in a segment on Good Morning America, they covered notable sunscreens and, making news again(!), was Colorescience’s Sunforgettable SPF 50 translucent powder. They remarked that the ease of the built-in brush makes this the best “touch-up powder” that can be used anywhere, without a mirror. We agree!
Stop by our Santa Barbara medical spa to purchase effective sun protection products or learn more about them. It’s never too late to make sun protection a habit for life!

Santa Barbara Medical Spa Promotes Sun Protection by Obagi

Sunny Santa Barbara skies and long days at the beach are a perfect recipe for sun damage resulting in hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and, at worst, skin cancer IF you are not protecting your skin from the strong rays of the sun.

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins consistently advocates sun protection as a crucial step to preventing environmental and sun damage, which can appear years, or decades, after accumulated sun exposure.

With a long weekend rapidly approaching, we recommend covering yourself with an effective sunscreen. One of our favorites is Obagi’s Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50. Obagi’s Sun Shield combines high UVB absorption and dynamic UVA blockage with 10.5% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that is non-whitening, PABA-free, fragrance-free and has an elegant, matte finish.

Being mindful of your sun protection will allow you to enjoy yourself during the summer and year round. In the meantime, keep this general sun protection tips in mind (courtesy of Obagi Medical Products):

– Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

– Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and after swimming and sweating.

– When outside, cover up! Wide brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses recommended.

– Do not burn. As few as five sunburns doubles your risk for skin cancer.
Obagi’s Nu-Derm Sun Shield, and other sun protection products, are available at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara. Check out the Evolutions’ Facebook page for special offers on sun protectors!

Santa Barbara Sublative RF Skin Resurfacing: Not Just for Your Face!

Sublative RF fractional skin resurfacing is usually only associated with the face. You may be surprised to know that cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins often recommends skin resurfacing for the décolletage (the chest area) too. The chest tends to develop wrinkles and sunspots, sometimes even more severely than the facial area.

We have been programmed to religiously use sunscreen on our faces, rain or shine, summer or winter. As a result, many of us have wrinkle-free, creamy-skinned faces, but pair that with a chest full of hyperpigmentation (sun spots) and vertical wrinkles (wrinkles that go up and down, especially in the middle of the chest), and your age is out there for all to see!

Before we get into how to treat vertical wrinkles and sunspots on the décolletage, we have to put a word in about preventing the chest area from aging. Treat the chest as part of the facial area and apply sunblock daily to both areas.

A sunblock popular amongst Evolutions clients is TIZO3, SPF 40. TIZO is made up of Titanium, Iron, and Zinc Oxides that offers a sheer protection with a silky, matte finish. It is a sunblock and is formulated without chemical sunscreen filters and is free of paraben, oil, PABA and fragrance. TIZO3 is available in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spa.

If you already have visible sun damage in the chest area, you can treat it with the newest fractional skin resurfacing device – the Sublative RF – that is available exclusively at Evolutions. This latest skin resurfacing technology replaces the Matrix RF and is 30% more powerful and a more comfortable treatment to undergo and can be done without topical numbing cream!

The Sublative RF treats a range of skin conditions and skin types, can be used on the face or body, and treats:

  • wrinkles
  • acne scars / pitting
  • superficial skin lesions
  • scars
  • textural irregularities
  • pigmentation
  • skin laxity

Typically your skin can be renewed in about 3 to 4 treatments, each 4 to 6 weeks apart with minimal downtime and noticeable improvement!

Call Evolutions Medical Spa today for a Sublative RF complimentary consultation. 805.687.0212.

Support our Troops – Buy Sunscreen in Santa Barbara from Evolutions

Helping people look their best is always a priority, but helping in general is also a passion at our Santa Barbara Med Spa.

To support our Santa Barbara family member, Alicia Matteson, wife and mother of three who is on duty in Iraq, Evolutions Medical Spa is donating a:

Sunscreen and lip balm to MATCH EVERY SUNSCREEN purchase until July 31st.

Tizo SPF 40, SPF 58 and SPF 60 (Tinted) give stellar UVA/UVB protection. Tizo is free of dyes, oil, PABA, fragrance and “chemical sunscreen” to help minimize skin sensitivity.

Daily use of sunscreen is one of the healthiest things you can do for happy skin. We recommend physical sunblocks (such as the Solar Protection Formula line or Evolutions’ e-clipse spray-on or sunblock versus chemical sunscreens that are generally sold in drug stores).

We are happy to donate sunscreen to our troops – call or come by the Evoluions Medical Spa Santa Barbara to take care of your skin and participate in our troops support this month!

Sun Protection in Sunny Santa Barbara with Colorescience Mineral Powder

Everyday facial sun protection is one of the key ways to keep skin from becoming wrinkled, developing hyperpigmentation and, in general, aging too quickly.

At Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins hand-picks products that are optimum for a variety of skin types and skin concerns. One of the product lines that we carry is Colorescience Pro – high-performance mineral make-up made from dermatologist recommended formulations that camouflage skin concerns while protecting skin from the sun and the environment.

As it turns out, Colorescience mineral make-up – specifically the Colorescience Pro Mineral Powder Sunforgettable SPF 50 product – is not only highly recommended by us, but also by other widely read publications!

With the sun shining brightly and summer only weeks away, people become more diligent about skin protection this time of year. At Evolutions we want to emphasize that sun protection is important all year round. It is never too late to develop a great sun defense for you skin!

Visit Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara to learn more about the Colorescience line and ask about a complimentary consultation. Evolutions Medical Spa carries Colorescience in Santa Barbara.