Happy Fourth of July everyone!
Don’t let this be you…
Sun protection is key when we are enjoying this beautiful place we call home. Sunscreen is one of the many avenues we can protect ourselves from skin cancer and aging.
#1 Mineral Based Sunscreen
Why “Mineral Based”?
Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide have reflective characteristics due to these particles residing on the surface of the skin that ricochet UVA/UVB off of the skin rather than penetrating the skin like other non-mineral based absorptive sunscreens.
Other sunscreens on the market are chemical based sunscreens that work by absorbing the photons of light and convert them to heat. The reaction takes place on the surface of your skin and produces free radicals-this may contribute to the creation of skin cancer. This is also why chemical sunscreens feel “hot”, “burn” or sometimes sting the eyes.
Look for sunscreen with active ingredients of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, they are the best available to fight against cancer causing beasts and for prevention against the not-so-pretty age and sun spots to strengthen – not weaken the glow of our youth.
If you’re accomplishing proper protection:
- FACE: 1 teaspoon amt. (adult face)
- BODY: 1oz. or shot glass size amt. (adult body)
- REAPPLY EVERY 90 MINUTES IF IN DIRECT SUN!
#2 Sun Protective Clothing
Clothing and hats have as much or more sun protection than sunscreens. And the thicker the material, the more protection. For example, a white cotton t-shirt has an SPF of about 8-10. A baseball cap will protect the scalp, but is a very insignificant SPF for the face. Wide brimmed hats and SPF shirts or rash guard/shirts shirts are key. A quick test is to hold it up to light or the sun and see f you can see through the fabric, that is the amount of rays coming through to your skin.
#3 Daily Antioxidant Serum
Vitamins are critical for your body and play an important role in maintaining healthy, skin. Aging skin naturally loses Vitamins over time and exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke. You can fight aging by replenishing your skin’s vitamin levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face. Two antioxidant serums that the Sheperd Integrative Dermatology team stands behind are Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic®, and Epionce Intense Defense Serum.
Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic® is an antioxidant combination that delivers advanced environmental protection against photoaging by neutralizing free radicals that cause accelerated signs of aging. It provides advanced environmental protection against damaging free radicals induced by UVA, UVB, and infrared radiation A (while protecting your collagen!). Also,increases firmness and replenishes lipids to visibly reduce wrinkles. Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen
Epionce Intense Defense Serum is a complete multivitamin for your skin. This highly advanced anti-aging serum stimulates skin rejuvenation to help reverse fine lines, wrinkles, roughness and uneven skin tone while improving firmness, elasticity and texture.