Don't Forget Your Sunscreen!

Summer is upon us and we can look forward to long days having fun in the sun at the pool, the park or maybe the beach! As eyecare providers, we always take care to remind our patients to wear their sunglasses for optimal protection from damaging UV Rays, but we would be remiss if we failed to mention the importance of sunscreen- particularly around the eyes.

The periocular region (the eyelids and skin around the eyes) makes up only 1% of the body's surface area yet it accounts for between 5% and 10% of all skin cancers. It is believed that this is because most people do not apply sunscreen to their eyelids or wear adequate ocular sun protection (sunglasses). The skin around the eyes is uniquely thin- less than 0.2 mm thick- which puts it at high risk for photodamage. Sunscreen helps to protect the skin from damaging effects caused by UV light and other environmental hazzards. Therefore, it is vital to apply sunscreen around the eyes and eyelids to shield against skin cancers, skin discoloration, and premature aging of the delicate skin.

While many sunscreens on the market are safe to use on the eyelids and around the eyes, some preservatives or chemical ingredients can cause an intense stinging sensation. Avobenzone is one chemical that irritates when it comes into contact with your eyes. Although it won't lead to permanent damage, you may experience a chemical burn on the surface of your eye that can be quite painful for a few days.

Koetting Eye Center is proud to offer a new line of skincare products at our Ellisville location which are all- natural and safe for that delicate area around the eyes as well as the whole face. They are ideal for our patients with dry or sensitive eyes, and especially for those prone to irritation and rosacea flare-ups.

Epionce is a skin care line developed and produced by Dermatologist Carl Thornfeldt. It is evidence based skincare which is safe, simple, effective, and proven. It consists of natural products designed to help you look and feel your best in your own skin. All products are paraben, fragrance, sulfate, gluetn and cruelty-free.

Epionce is botanically based with no harsh ingredients that irritate the skin or cause unnecessary dryness. 

We are pleased to announce that at our Ellisville office, we are now carrying a complete skincare line by Epionce with many amazing products.

Specifically (at Ellisville only)  we have the Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 available and in stock now.

Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 is a broad spectrum sunscreen which has a sheer tint suitable for nearly all skin types and tones. It blends smoothly to enhance your skin's natural glow, and provides flawless coverage and protection for both men and women. It can be used alone or under makeup and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. We recommend that it be applied daily as part of your morning routine, and reapply throughout the day after swimming or in case of excessive sweating. It should also be worn on cloudy days for optimal protection.

The list of ingredients is refreshingly short and natural:

Zinc Oxide 9.3%

Titanium Dioxide 4.8%

Sunflower extract, Rice Bran extract, Argan Oil

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Stop by our Ellisville office to try some on- request a sample- or purchase today!





  2511 South Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63144

    (314) 863-0000




 113 Old State Road Suite 101
Ellisville, Missouri 63021

    (636) 256-7800