sun protection

Why You Need Vitamin D

UV rays are an important—and very efficient—source of Vitamin D, which helps prevent osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and cancer. But you can still apply sunscreen every day, and get all of the Vitamin D that you need. You only need about 10-15 minutes of exposure per day, and that can come through any part of your body—your hands, your arms, etc. If you’re going to be outdoors, you still need sunscreen on your face! That UV exposure doesn’t have to be between the hours of 10-2. Go outside during off-peak hours. You can get vitamin D…

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The Truth About Skincare Products

Are skincare companies treating you fairly, or are you being ripped off? There have been a number of articles and ads comparing the effectiveness of a skincare products to their cost. While these reports raise some interesting questions, they generally don’t provide any meaningful answers. Consumer Reports concluded that just because a product is expensive doesn’t mean that it’s effective, and just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. We agree—to a point. How do you know? That’s a complex issue. We want you to make informed decisions, so let’s face the facts and see…

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Think You Don’t Need SPF On a Cloudy Day?

Absolutely wrong. When your mother told you that you need to wear sunscreen every day, she was right! UV radiation from the sun comes directly through the clouds—not to mention through an office or car window—and 70% of all UV damage is from casual exposure or unintended sun on your skin. The odds of getting a sunburn are slight, as the UVB rays are short and will not have a direct affect on the skin. However, the UVA rays are very long and penetrate deep into the lower layers of the skin where new skin cells, collagen, and elastin are…

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How To Choose Sunscreen Without Getting Burned

Sunscreens used to be the darling of dermatologists everywhere. Now it seems the love affair is over. People don’t use them as often as necessary and don’t reapply them as frequently as they should. We don’t blame the consumers—the problem is with the sunscreens themselves. According to one leading consumer protection agency, 80% of sunscreens offer inadequate protection, make claims that are false and misleading, or cause accelerated aging. Some of the biggest brands are developing and selling sunscreens that, according to the Environmental Working Group, not only fail, but fail miserably. So are you safe…

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Get Into the Swing of Good Skin Care

It’s easy to spend a ton of money on skin care products, only to find that you’ve left them in a drawer or your bathroom cabinet. It’s also easy to waste money on skincare products that are not right for your skin type, or just don’t live up to the hype. Your success with a skincare regimen depends not only on the products, but on your discipline (a cleanser and a moisturizer are not enough!), your patience (wash your face for two minutes, your expectations (don’t overnight miracles!) and your persistence (every night, whether you’re tired…

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Fight Aging Through Better Sun Protection

There is a reason why there are so many dermatologists and plastic surgeons in California and Florida: not only are people there concerned about their appearance, but they have more sun damage than most anywhere else. Tans—once considered healthy and attractive—are really the precursor to weathered, aged skin. Of course, anti-aging skin care products are popular all over, but especially in the sunbelt states where the sun’s UV rays pose increased risks of skin damage. And we’re not talking about a few little crow’s feet here and there. Dr. Zein Obagi lives in the unofficial sun-damage…

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Asian Skin—Part Nature, Part Nurture

Asian women are often the envy of women around the world because they tend to look younger than their chronological age. Why are they so fortunate? Asian skin generally contains more melanin, so photoaging is less visible. By avoiding sun exposure, they can maintain a more even-tone complexion and their skin is less prone to the tell-tale signs of aging—like wrinkling and sagging. What are some of the characteristics of Asian skin types? Sensitivity. Asian skin is susceptible to discoloration from UV rays, hormonal changes, hot water, saunas, and steam. Asian skin also reacts badly to the use…

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