June 21st is Summer Solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. While you enjoy the outdoors and all the summer weather activities preserve and protect your skin with sunscreen and antioxidants.
Today’s sunscreens are the best products that we’ve had thus far, to protect our skin, prevent skin cancer, reduce pigment changes, and slow UV damage. Some even go a step further offering antioxidants, which protect against DNA damage by fighting free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable reactive oxygen molecules, which lose an electron, through stress, illness, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, drug use, smoking, air pollution, and UV radiation. The reactivity of free radicals causes the instability and they seek another electron to once again become stable. However, such pairings are not always available, and a cascade of damage to DNA, cellular membranes, collagen and elastin ensues. However, there are antioxidants.
Antioxidants to the rescue-
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by offering up an electron (a tiny speck of material/matter, with a negative charge of electricity, which travels around the nucleolus of an atom), which stabilizes free radicals. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants (blueberries, strawberries; kale and spinach in particular), hence, we are bombarded with information about consuming them, and using skin care products containing ingredients such as Vitamin-C, Vitamin-E, and resveratrol (derived from the skin of red grapes), also rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants can be naturally occurring or manufactured. Some experts argue the best antioxidants for you are those which are ingested; however, all agree that it is important to protect your skin with topical applications (e.g. sunscreens containing antioxidants) from the outside as well.
This vitamin serum is loaded with active antioxidant ingredients, such as Vitamin-C, Vitamin-B, Vitamin-E, and Ferulic Acid, all of which provide benefits in intercepting and fighting free radicals. We do not hear much about ferulic acid, but it is an antioxidant, which is great for dehydrated skin, has lightening capabilities, and stabilizes both Vitamins C and E in skin care preparations.
Mega CBE Serums’ lightweight consistency makes it perfect for layering our science-based skin care products. For optimum delivery into the skin tissue, apply Mega CBE & Ferulic Serum as the first layer, then add the Skin Brightening Cream, which boost lightening if you are troubled by hyperpigmentation for example, and then apply (generously) Dynamic Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 55.
Question: What does SPF stand for in your sunscreen products?
The SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. What this sunscreen benefit means to you is if it takes you normally about 10 minutes to burn when directly in the sun, and the SPF in your sunscreen is 30, you would multiply the 10 minutes times the SPF number, and in this case 30, you would have protection for 300 minutes, or 5 hours.
10 minutes X 30 = 300 Minutes
300 minutes / 60 = 5 Hours
This is providing that you applied a broad-spectrum sunscreen, an adequate amount of product, did not perspire, or lose it in the ocean on a long swim. It is important to reapply your sunscreen after every swim, or if you are perspiring such as in sports activities.
One must be diligent to reap the benefits of their sunscreen. Additionally, the product needs to contain adequate ingredients such as physical sunscreen ingredients such as zinc oxide, and or titanium dioxide, and chemical sunscreen ingredients as well. Chemical ingredients will absorb some UV rays, and physical sunscreen ingredients will reflect UV rays off of the skin.
A quick note on tanning…and the use of Sunscreens
A question from our fabulous blog supporter, Mary B.:
“I use my sunscreen, but am still tanning. Why is this?”
Here are a few reasons why this is happening:
- Not applying product liberally on all exposed areas
- Not using a high enough SPF
- Not reapplying sunscreens during or after activities (running, swimming, golfing etc.)
- Ingredients not adequate to protect against UVA/UVB rays
Did you know?
Did you know that several states and territories are regulating the use of tanning beds for children/teens under the age of eighteen *(http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/indoor-tanning-restrictions.aspx)? For example, Washington State requires a physicians’ prescription for use of a tanning device in an establishment, for those under the age of eighteen.
Our broad spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from UV damage with ingredients like physical sunscreen ingredients like Zinc Oxide, but it acts as a hydrator and moisturizer, with ingredients like aloe vera extract (seemingly, the original…supreme antioxidant), sunflower oil and palmitoyl oligopeptide (amino acids) for the ultimate in moisture retention.
- Avoid sunburns
- Always use a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30, and protection against UVA &UVB radiation
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun
- Keep in mind that sun (UVA/UVB rays) coming through windows in cars, homes and buildings can and will burn your skin and cause damage
- Choose to sit in the shade, wear hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing
- Avoid the sun from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Look for sunscreens that contain physical sunscreen ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
- *Avoid sunbathing and tanning salons. Studies (*new laws) suggest that your risk of melanoma increases by 75% if you start using artificial tanning before you are 30 years old
- Examine your skin regularly, and have your doctor check your skin during all other health exams
- Use sunscreen as a part of your daily moisturizing ritual
- Set a good example for your children by protecting your skin from too much sun
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