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Sun Is Beneficial To Skin

Skin Benefits From The Sun

By Dr. Michael Murray

This time of year, everyone wants to be outside. It feels so good to have the warm sun on our bare skin. If you haven’t heard that being out in the sun, unprotected by sunscreen, puts you at risk for wrinkles (at best) and skin cancer (at worst) then you’ve probably been living under a rock!

However, while most people are aware of the dangers of too much sun, many don’t realize that sunlight confers enormous health benefits as well. Keeping in mind that you need to protect your skin with a high-quality sunscreen when you go outdoors, let’s look at some of the surprising benefits of sunlight.

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Sunlight may help prevent cancer. It’s not just plants that metabolize sunlight. Humans do, too. Through a complex process, our bodies turn sunlight into life-giving vitamin D.

The connection between vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role.

Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60 percent drop in the risk of developing any form of cancer.

Sunlight is beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.
Clinical research has shown that exposure to full-spectrum light throughout the day coupled with darkness at night can help improve some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease—reducing agitation, increasing sleep efficiency, decreasing nighttime wakefulness and decreasing nighttime activity in these patients.

Sunlight may lower risk for multiple sclerosis.
MS is more common in populations that live farther from the equator. People who move from a low-risk area to a high-risk area before the age of 15 acquire a higher risk of developing MS, whereas those who make the same move after adolescence retain a lower risk. These observations suggest that environmental exposure, and in particular, early sunlight exposure (which is correlated with vitamin D levels) in the first two decades of life, influences the risk of developing MS.

Related to this finding, several European population studies observed that there is a lower risk of MS for births occurring after October and a higher risk for MS for births occurring after May. This suggests that maternal levels of vitamin D during the third trimester of pregnancy may influence risk of MS.

Sunlight helps heal psoriasis.
Exposure to sunlight is extremely beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. In one study, an outdoor four-week sunbathing therapy was shown to promote significant clearance of psoriatic symptoms in 84 percent of subjects.

Sunlight can ease mild depression.
There has been a lot of research on the link between sunlight and mood. One solid study found that sunlight actually increases levels of a natural antidepressant in the brain. On sunny days, the brain produces more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin than on darker days.

Sunlight contributes to bone health in older adults.
It is well known that vitamin D stimulates the absorption of bone-strengthening calcium. The process of vitamin D manufacture begins when sunlight changes the 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3. Emerging research is showing a direct correlation between both bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3. Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower rate of fractures of virtually all types; lower blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a higher rate of fractures of all types.

Sunlight can improve sleep quality.
When sunlight hits your eyes, your optic nerve sends a message to the gland in the brain that produces melatonin (a hormone that helps you sleep); the gland decreases its secretions of melatonin until the sun goes down again. In other words, exposure to sunlight during the day increases the natural production of melatonin at night. Low levels of melatonin production are linked to poor sleep quality, especially in older adults.

Skincare News via http://www.care2.com/greenliving/author/drmurray

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Is Your Sunscreen Toxic

 Some Sunscreens Can Damage Your Skin, Fail To Block Harmful Rays

The sun is out and summer is here.  The last few days have been beautiful for getting out, but at the same time that sun causes damage to our skin and can age us faster.  Facial treatments will help prevent that by repairing, calming and hydrating the face slowing down the aging process.  The newest and best treatment I have is LED light therapy.  Just purchased a new one that has new technology to further enhance your skin.  Check for info below and call for your appointment now at 630 655 3345.

 Yes, we do need that sun that helps your body create Vitamin D.  It is recommended that you sit in the sun for about 15 to 45 minutes depending on how light or dark you are to get your needed dose.  Many ailments we have can be from a lack of this supplement.  Some experts believe that excessive use of sunscreen is also the cause of Vitamin D deficiency.

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I, personally, do not use sunscreens.  I had a bad experience with it years ago when it became popular.  It burned my face.  I was on the golf course and used my water bottle to wash it off and still had to wash it off more at the nearest restroom.  I do take precautions with the sun.  My main to go product is Pevonia’s Vitamin C Complex for my face, to help prevent sun damage.  Using Vitamin C Complex at night helps to reverse  sun damage.  If I am going to be out for quite awhile, I take a powerful antioxidant Bio Astin Hawaiian Astaxanthin 12 mg before going into the sun, to help prevent sunburn.  When I’m out at my grandson’s baseball games, I further protect myself by wearing clothing that covers me more, wear sunglasses, and sit under trees when they are around.

Most sunscreens have toxic synthetic chemicals that are irritating to the skin such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, benzophenones,octyl methoxycinnamate, and more.  These ingredients can increase your risk of skin cancer and because of the irritation factor, it does increase aging of the skin.  Remember the Scientific Rule which states: The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age, and the more you are prone to skin cancer.  It’s also recommended that you DO NOT use spray sunscreens because of the risk to your lungs.If you burn easily, you might need to use a sunscreen.  Look for a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide based formula that acts as a physical barrier. They just sit on the surface of the skin.  There is much controversy about using non-nanotech or nanotech formulas.  You choose.  A safe one that I use and my family uses is Dr. Mercola SPF 50 sunscreen.  Can be purchased on his website.

If you want to read more, check out these 2 sites: sunscreen ingredients Best and Worst Sunscreens

This is my new LED light therapy unit.  Phototherapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties.  It can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, decrease wrinkles, improve texture, tone, and clarity, ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and spasms and kill acne bacteria and much more.  Also helps with rosacea and redness.  So with the summer sun, if you get sunburn the LED light therapy can help to heal that faster.

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Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Skin Care Product Guide

Shopping for an anti-aging skin care products is a challenge. It can be difficult to know which skin care are best. These tips can help you shop with confidence.

Sunscreen and Moisturizer: Dermatologists agree that sunscreen and moisturizer are the two most-effective anti-aging products you can buy. Using these every day can make a noticeable difference. Sun protection helps to reduce signs of premature aging on your skin. It also allows your skin to repair and renew itself and reduces your risk for getting skin cancer. When shopping for sunscreen, select one that offers the following qualities:

  • Broad spectrum
  • SPF 30 (or higher)
  • Water resistance

An anti-aging moisturizer helps to minimize fine lines. It is so effective that moisturizer is the secret ingredient in many anti-aging products. Using a moisturizer with sunscreen is fine. Just be sure that the product offers broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 30 or higher. If you will spend time outdoors during the day, you should apply a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every two hours while outdoors.

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Treat Your Top Skin Care Concern: Give sunscreen and moisturizer a few weeks to work. Then look at your skin. Is there still a sign of aging that bothers you?
Using several anti-aging products at the same time can irritate your skin. When you irritate your skin, signs of aging become more noticeable. By focusing on one concern, such as wrinkles or dark spots, you’ll get the best results. Look for a product that targets your concern. There are two reasons for this:

  • No product can treat all signs of skin aging.
  • Using more than one anti-aging product in a few days or weeks can irritate the skin, making you look older.

Buy Skin Care Products For Your Skin Type: Your sunscreen, moisturizer, and other anti-aging skin care products will work best if they are formulated for your skin type. If your skin tends to be oily, select a moisturizer made for oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, look for “sensitive skin” on the label. This is important because no one product works for everyone. Be sure to give products time to work. A moisturizer can plump up fine lines in a few days, but most products take at least 6 weeks to work. Sometimes it can take up to 3 months. Be patient and give the product time time to work. Be sure to continue using your skin care products, if you want to continue seeing results. People often stop using a skin care products once they see results.

Select Skin Care Products That Offer The Following Ingredients:

  • Hypoallergenic (The product can still cause an allergic reaction, but there is less risk);
  • Non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic (does not cause acne);
  • Natural ingredients (that you could actually eat); and
  • Consumer hotline (for questions).

Even hypoallergenic products can cause a skin reaction, so test them before applying them to your face. Apply a small amount to your inner forearm. Repeat this twice a day for 4 to 5 days. If your skin looks normal — free of redness, itch, and other reactions — you can apply it to your face and other skin. Stop using skin care products that sting, burn, or tingle. These sensations mean that the product irritates your skin. Irritated skin looks older. If you are using a product prescribed by your dermatologist, ask if this should be happening before you stop using it. Some prescription-strength products will burn or sting. Some products contain active ingredients that can cause problems if you apply more than directed. You could end up with clogged pores, blotchy skin, or excessively dry skin. Read the instructions, and use as directed.

Have Realistic Expectations: Exaggerated promises, such as look 10 years younger overnight or quickly reduces all signs of aging, are too good to be true. It’s important to remember that anti-aging skin care products deliver modest results. You cannot get the results of a facelift from a cream. “Clinically proven” means that the product was given to consumers to try. It does not mean the product underwent clinical trials and received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Select Products Within Your Price Range: It’s human nature to think that the more expensive the product, the better the results. Effective anti-aging products come in all price ranges.

Skin Care and Anti-Aging Products via https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/younger-skin/selecting-anti-aging-products

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Protect Your Skin From Melanoma

Screen For Skin Cancer On Melanoma Monday

Melanoma is not the most common form of skin cancer, but it is the deadliest. One in 50 Americans will develop malignant melanoma and around 10,000 people will die from it this year. And it’s not just a disease that affects the elderly. In fact, melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer in young adults between the ages of 25 and 29.

The back is the most common site for malignant melanoma. It’s hard for us to detect since we can’t see areas near the spine and shoulder blades as well as other parts of our body. It’s also difficult to cover that area with sunscreen without asking for help. As such, melanoma on the back is typically diagnosed later, which makes treatment more challenging.

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Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like

Actinic Keratoses (AK). These dry, scaly patches or spots are precancerous growths.

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  • People who get AKs usually have fair skin.
  • Most people see their first AKs after 40 years of age because AKs tend to develop after years of sun exposure.
  • AKs usually form on the skin that gets lots of sun exposure, such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms.
  • Because an AK can progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), treatment is important.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). This is the most common type of skin cancer.
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  • BCCs frequently develop in people who have fair skin, yet they can occur in people with darker skin.
  • BCCs look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.
  • BCCs develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • BCC are common on the head, neck, and arms, yet can form anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen, and legs.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment for BCC is important. BCC can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.

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  • People who have light skin are most likely to develop SCC, yet they can develop in darker-skinned people.
  • SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
  • SCC tend to form on skin that gets frequent sun exposure, such as the rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back. SCC can grow deep in the skin and cause damage and disfigurement. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent this and stop SCC from spreading to other areas of the body.

Melanoma. The deadliest form of skin cancer.
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  • Melanoma frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
  • Knowing the warning signs of melanoma can help you with early detection.

Skin Cancer News via https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer

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Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

Sunscreen Can Damage Your Skin

How do you protect your skin from ultra violet radiation damage? Let me start with the scientific rule. The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin cancer. This is the creed I follow with my facial treatments and product recommendations. So needless to say, I do not carry any sunscreen (nor recommend them) if they have synthetic chemicals that are strong irritants, such as oxybenzone, benzophenone, etc.

If there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce on the active ingredient label, this will tell you they are irritants and can cause skin cancer and age you faster.  The only sunscreens I sell have zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients plus antioxidants.

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Antioxidants, such as #VitaminC (my personal favorite), Vitamin E, Green Tea Extract, etc. are good at preventing sun damage. I’ve used a Vitamin C serum and other antioxidants for years, especially when I was golfing, and never had a burn. After being in the sun during the day I recommend using antioxidant serum with Cell Youth Actif to help with cellular repair to keep your face in great shape.

You can call me to purchase a Vitamin C serum, antioxidant serums, Shade, and Cell Youth Actif for protecting and repairing your skin.

Applying antioxidants is one way to help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, but you can also ingest them. If your foods contain a high amount of botanical nutrients and antioxidants, this will also help protect your skin. There is a supplement (taken orally), Astaxanthin, that experts believe can offer the skin some protection from burning and reduce damage to the skin caused by UV rays. It has many more benefits for your body. I personally use the BioAstin Hawaiian brand of Astaxanthin.
Another way to protect your skin is to make your own sunscreen. Here are two sites that can help you: http://www.jimmharrison.com/natural-sunscreen-foods-herbs-and-essential-oils/ and http://draxe.com/homemade-sunscreen/
As you can see, there are many ways to prevent UVR damage that are safe for you face and body. Remember we need the sun and vitamin D for healthy skin.

 

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Surgeon General Issues New Warning About Tanning, Skin Cancer

Most Skin Dangers Completely Avoidable

Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It’s a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it’s coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a “major public health problem” and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ultraviolet light is a major cause. It comes just two months after the Food and Drug Administration announced it will soon require labels on tanning beds and lamps warning against use by anyone younger than 18.

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But more action is needed, because skin cancers in the United States, unlike many other cancers, continue to rise, the new report says. Nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer each year, at a cost of $8.1 billion, the report says. About 63,000 cases are the most serious kind, melanoma, and about 6,000 of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning, the report says. The report says ultraviolet radiation exposure from indoor tanning is “completely avoidable.”

In an interview, Lushniak said it is time for additional states to join the several that have banned indoor tanning by minors and the 44 with some kind of restrictions. The report also calls for individuals — of all skin colors — to follow the usual advice for minimizing sun exposure, including using sunscreen, hats and shade. It also says everyone from schools to businesses to urban planners have roles to play in providing shady spaces and making it easier for people to protect themselves. The report does not say we should all live in caves. “Enjoy the great outdoors,” Lushniak says, “but take steps to protect your skin.”

There’s some evidence some people are listening to some of the warnings: Indoor tanning use by teens dropped in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says 12.8% of teens younger than 18 admitted to indoor tanning in 2013, down from 15.6% in 2009. The World Health Organization called indoor tanning devices cancer-causing in 2009. It says that tanning laws are linked to less tanning in teen girls. The report “is a major step forward in the fight against the epidemic of skin cancer, but the value of this step will be measured in the follow up,” says Tim Turnham, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation.

The Indoor Tanning Association did not immediately return a call for comment. In past statements, the industry group has disputed the WHO position that tanning devices cause cancer and has also said use by teens should be up to parents, not government. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/29/skin-cancer-tanning-report-surgeon-general/13297247/

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Skin Cancer Threats Often Ignored

Melanoma On The Rise In Most Nations

The awareness of many cancers, including screening and prevention, is on the increase. But some people have a general sense that skin cancer is not quite so serious and somehow less invasive despite the statistics showing otherwise. One in every 8 men and 1 in  every 10 women will develop skin cancer and the number of deaths is continuing to increase year after year. While 97 percent of skin cancer is curable if caught on time, so we also need to tackle the growing incidence in Ireland. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which is designated to encouraging people to be more proactive about skin cancer detection and more importantly, prevention.

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Even though melanoma can occur in anyone, Irish people have a skin type that is more susceptible to skin cancer. Most have a skin type 1 or 2, which burns regularly and tans with difficulty, which puts them at greater risk. Ireland, for example, is now the fourth worst country in the whole of Europe for skin cancer instances.

Experts say that excessive sun and binge tanning causes 90 percent of all skin cancer rates, so sunscreen and shade is a must in the welcome summer sunshine.  Three-quarters of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs during childhood.  With up to 90 percent of UV rays passing through light clouds, care is needed not just on a sunny day, but every day.

“Sunbed” users are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used sunbeds, but while self tanning cosmetics are now more popular than ever, people who frequently used ultraviolet (UV) tanning in the past are still at a higher risk.

Cheaper sunshine holidays these past few years, are a significant factor in the recent growing rate of skin cancer here.  Because a sun-tan is a desirable characteristic to many, Irish people tend to ‘binge tan’.  They cram intensive sun-tanning into a week or a fortnight’s sunshine holiday, very often without adequate attention to skincare protection.

The best advice is to apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, with UVA and UVB protection, liberally and frequently and at least 20 minutes before heading into the sun.  It is also necessary to beware that some medications also make skin more sensitive to the sun, so people are advised to check this out in advance with their doctor.

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People need to be more aware about checking moles or any skin irregularities or changes and this will contribute greatly to reducing Ireland’s skin cancer rates over time.

While we always support Melanoma Awareness Month, we need to be more aware of the dangers of Melanoma throughout the entire year.  Before you head into the sun this summer, why not contact your local Skin Clinic to have your moles checked out. It could save your life.

Source: http://www.renaissance-skincare.com/how-aware-are-you-of-melanoma/

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Skin Cancer Bites Hugh Jackman

Skin Cancer Prevention, Early Detection Key

Hugh Jackman wears a bandage on his nose these days, but it’s no fashion statement: He’s had it since late November, thanks to an unplanned surgery on a basal cell carcinoma. But he’s now opened up about the incident with his “schnozz,” and how much worse things could have been.

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“The whole time, I thought it was not much, but only afterwards did they say ‘You’re really lucky you got it checked out now,’” he told TODAY.

He emphasized that it was not melanoma that he had removed, but a basal cell carcinoma, which is less severe but “does grow and there are complications the bigger it is.”

Jackman Instagrammed a photo of himself post-surgery on Nov. 21, telling his fans to get their own skin checked and to wear sunscreen. Jackman admitted he wouldn’t likely have gotten it checked in the first place, without urging from his makeup artist and his wife.

It all started, he said, during filming of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

“I was shooting the movie, and I had a bit of blood one morning, and I thought I’d scratched myself in a fight,” he said. For the next few weeks, he assumed when his nose was bloodied again that he’d just scratched off the scab. But then his makeup artist noticed, and told him to get it looked at.

That’s where his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, stepped in: “She hounded me to get it checked.”

How did it get to this point? Jackman points to his native, sunny country as the likely source. “Australians,” he says. “It’s par for the course. I don’t remember being stopped and someone saying, ‘Are you boys wearing sunscreen’ until I was around 15, 16.”

For now, he says, he’ll keep getting the area checked a few times a year. And he can even joke about it a bit. “People presume actors are very vain, but I told the doctor to make it an even bigger scar,” he said. “Go about 45 degrees up, then a little tilt down — I’ve always wanted one of those.”

Source: http://www.today.com/entertainment/hugh-jackman-opens-about-skin-cancer-i-thought-id-scratched-2D11701186

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Can Sunscreen Cause Skin Cancer

Avoid Toxic Ingredients 

The majority of sunscreens on the market today are more harmful to your skin than beneficial. Sunscreens are designed to decrease your risk of skin cancer and allow you to enjoy the sun without worry. Unfortunately, most modern day sunscreens may increase your risk of cancer and disrupt the functioning of your hormones.

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What causes skin cancers?

Ultraviolet radiation from UV-A and UV-B rays from sun exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer. Smoking, HPV (the virus that causes genital warts) and artificial light from tanning beds are also associated with an increased risk of skin cancer.

UV-B rays penetrate only the epidermis (the outer most layer of the skin) and increase your risk of cancer by direct photochemical damage to your DNA, resulting in mutations in your genes. These mutations contribute to wrinkling and aging of the skin by degrading elastin and collagen.

UV-A rays penetrate deeper into the dermis (the 2nd major layer of the skin) and can contribute to the development of cancer by increasing reactive oxygen species, which can, in turn, damage your DNA.Therefore, when choosing a sunscreen, you should opt for a sunscreen that blocks both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Franz Greiter first invented sunscreen in the 1940s. The active component consisted of zinc oxide. Zinc oxide acts as a physical barrier that sits on the surface of your skin; it offers the same protection as wearing a long sleeve shirt. Zinc oxide has been approved by the FDA and has been shown to be photo-stable against both UV-A and UV-B sun-rays. Because it is not absorbed into the skin, it is nonirritating, non-allergenic, and non-comedogenic (does not cause acne).

Aesthetically, zinc oxide is a disaster. Because it is not absorbed into your skin like most sunscreen products, you’re left with a pasty white substance all over your skin with each application.

Let’s first examine how your typical sunscreen product works. First, unlike zinc oxide formulations, which sit on the surface of your skin, they are partially absorbed through the skin. This means that any harmful ingredients in your sunscreen will have a systemic effect. Your typical “banana boat” sunscreen is full of parabens. Parabens may increase the rate of breast cancer and interfere with the male reproductive system. Parabens can also antagonize androgens (testosterone) and wreaks havoc on your body’s hormones. Oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate are two other harmful ingredients contained in many sunscreen products. Oxybenzone has been linked to contact uticaria (hives), contact dermatitis, and degradation of the epidermis. Retinyl palmitate has been shown to increase the rates of cancer in combination with UV-A rays.

Are typical sunscreen products protective against skin cancers?

Studies are conflicting. The study by Westerdahl, Ingvar, Masback, and Olsson showed higher rates of melanoma in individuals who wore sunscreen compared to those who didn’t. The authors concluded that those who wore sunscreen most likely spent more time in the sun which would be the reason for the results. A meta-analysis of 9067 patients from 11 case-control studies found no association between sunscreen use and the development of malignant melanoma (the most deadly skin cancer).

Are my only options a protective pasty white substance and a potentially harmful, but aesthetically appealing sunscreen?

No! There are better ways to stay protected from the harmful effects of the sun. Enter micronized zinc oxide. Micronized zinc oxide has the safety profile of traditional zinc oxide sunscreen and is as aesthetically appealing as modern day sunscreens. When micronized zinc oxide is applied in the form of a lotion it is not absorbed into the body, does not enter the bloodstream and has no dangerous side effects unless it is inhaled. For this reason, I recommend avoiding any “spray” products containing micronized zinc oxide.

Why are micronized zinc products not as popular?

It likely comes down to economics and a lack of education about skin cancers and sunscreens. Micronized zinc oxide sunscreens are more expensive and difficult to source than typical Banana boat sunscreen.

In closing, exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause premature aging and increase the risk of skin cancers. Most modern day sunscreens have many potentially harmful ingredients that should be avoided. I recommend staying hydrated, increasing your intake of omega 3 fatty acids and applying micronized zinc oxide based sunscreens to protect yourself and your family from premature aging and skin cancers.

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Avoid Common Mistakes With Sunscreen

Tips To Protect Your Skin

While it’s important to protect your skin against the sun at all times of the year, you should be especially diligent about applying sunscreen during the summer, because that is when you are most outside the most often. The good news is that more people of all skin types are applying sunscreen than ever before.

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Here are the most common mistakes that people make when applying sunscreen:

  1. Skimping. If you do not apply enough sunscreen, you are not getting the SPF on the label, and are therefore not getting the protection against the sun that you need. Rest assured, there will not be a shortage of sunscreen anytime soon, so put a large amount in your hands and rub it all over.
  2. Only protecting skin at the beach. Daily sun exposure is a majority of our sun exposure over a lifetime, and does not just apply to just going to the beach. If you plan on going outdoors on a given day, use sunscreen every day on areas of the skin that will be exposed to the sun, especially your arms and face.
  3. Missing spots.  People frequently forget to apply sunscreen to their nose, lips, scalp near the hairline, & the tops of their feet and hands. It’s easy to forget these aforementioned areas, but getting sunburns in these places is a good reminder for starters.
  4. Assuming “water resistant” means that you do not have to reapply after swimming. “Waterproof” or “sweat proof” are no longer valid or accurate terms for any sunscreen. There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen. Water resistant means that the sunscreen will stay on the skin for longer, but within an hour, the water will eventually wear it off.  If you plan to stay in the sun longer after swimming, reapply.  It’s that simple.
  5. Assuming all sunscreens are the same.  There is a huge difference between a sunscreen that is SPF 4 and SPF 30, and you should pay attention to those numbers.  The higher the number, the better protection against harmful UV rays. Make sure your brand is labeled “broad-spectrum”and is at least SPF 30.
  6. Using sunscreens that have expired.  The expiration date (usually located on the bottom of the sunscreen bottle) is another number to which you should pay close attention.  While the expiration date does not mean the sunscreen is automatically useless the day after, its ingredients will become less effective over time.  So if your sunscreen bottle is a few days past its expiration date, use it up quickly and move on.  If its a few months or even years past, dispose of it and get another bottle.
  7. Thinking tanning is OK if you use sunscreen. It’s better, but still not recommended. While tanning out in the sun is far superior to tanning booths, tanning of any kind eventually leads to skin damage, premature aging, and increased risk of skin cancer.  Sunscreen can’t prevent any of these symptoms, which is part of the reason why it is now called “sunscreen” and not “sunblock.”

Remember that sunscreen does wear off over a short time period, and should therefore be applied and reapplied liberally. Don’t be shy about wearing a broad-rimmed hat, long sleeves and pants.

Source: http://www.mainelaserskincare.com/2014/06/seven-most-common-sunscreen-mistakes/

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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