Tips to Looking Younger While Enjoying the Sun

We all know by now that years of sun exposure will eventually take it’s toll on our skin and appearance, and put us as risk for multiple types of skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen, staying out of the sun during peak hours of the day, and wearing sun protective clothing is very important to keeping our skin healthy and our appearance as youthful as possible!

“…Board-certified dermatologist Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH, FAAD, director of community health and co-director of the multiethnic skin clinic in the department of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston” reports that “environmental factors can damage the skin in multiple ways, from UVB rays causing sunburns and uneven pigmentation to UVA and infrared radiation penetrating more deeply into the skin to damage existing collagen and reduce collagen production, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Habitual UV exposure can cause blood vessels to become more prominent, causing skin redness, she says, while visible light and pollution can cause uneven skin tone, especially in darker skin types. Moreover, other forms of radiation, such as heat and visible light, can negatively impact the skin, as can pollution, so protecting your skin from the environment can benefit both your health and appearance.”

Sun protective factors of 25 – 30 are sufficient to protect us from 95 – 97% of UV radiation. Using skin care products with antioxidants will also help in protecting our skin from environmental pollution and free radical damage.

“Since both types of UV rays can damage the skin, Dr. Kourosh says, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 30 or higher. She recommends sunscreens containing the active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as a good source of broad-spectrum protection suitable for sensitive skin. She also says formulations containing antioxidants may provide some protection against uneven skin tone and aging caused by free radical damage from infrared light, visible light and pollution.”

I have just the product that has both 25 SPF for broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection as well as antioxidant ingredients. Celloxylin Day Defense Plus from Apriori Beauty has the following ingredient profile:

Active ingredients (purpose – Sunscreen): Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 3%, Octisalate 3%, Octocrylene 2.79%. Inactive Ingredients: Acetyl Glucosamine, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Carnitine HCL, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Fragrance*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxyproline, Isohexadecane, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Mica, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Petasites Japonicus Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Resveratrol Acetate, Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root) Extract, Silica, Sorbitan Oleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Sucrose, Tocopherol, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp (Mushroom) Extract, Triolein, Ubiquinol, Water (Aqua), Xanthan Gum.*Fragrance made up of all-natural ingredients.

Key Ingredients

Lyceum Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry) — super antioxidant
Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) — extraordinary moisturizer, antioxidant
Resveratrol — cellular regenerator, anti-inflammatory
Acetyl Glucosamine — skin brightener, moisturizer; provides connective tissue support

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Sunscreen Prevents Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious of skin cancers, so much so that prevention is key. We know to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, reduce sun exposure during sun intense times of the day, and if you’re fair skinned, stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible. Up until now, there was no research that proved sunscreen prevented melanoma. We’ve known sunburn can lead to melanoma, and sunscreen prevents sunburn, but not a direct correlation that sunscreen prevents melanoma. Enter the mouse model, a little 30 SPF sunscreen and UVB light which is the ultraviolet light that burns the skin.

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Day Defense Plus 25 SPF Sunscreen by Apriori Beauty

A study done by Cristin Burd, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics at The OSUCCC — James, showed that “application of sun protection factor 30 (SPF30) sunscreen prior to exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model.” [Read more…]

Sometimes, You Must Ask for a Biopsy.

Do you know when to ask for a biopsy?

Several years ago I went to my Dermatology office to seek an opinion on a red spot / bump that was slowly growing on my right shin. It didn’t look like a mole, or anything else I could find within the medical sites on the internet – Mayo Clinic, and the like. (I do check my skin for anything unusual every month or so, using a method I’ve shared in a previous post Are You Regularly Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer?.)

Wanting to get in as soon as possible, I was told my Dermatologist was booked for at least a month, but they did have an opening right away with one of the Dermatology Physician”s Assistant (PA) who does skin cancer screenings routinely. Feeling a sense of urgency, I booked with the PA. [Read more…]

SPF You Eat and Drink!

Dark Chocolate - SPF you can eat!Wouldn’t you rather eat or drink something that makes your skin less sensitive to UVA/UVB radiation? Can you imagine eating and drinking something that would protect your skin cells from getting a sunburn or skin cancer?

I can!

Here’s what you can eat and drink for Edible SPF: [Read more…]

Can You Protect Skin Cells from Skin Cancer?

Milk ThistleHealthy skin plays a major role in looking fabulous, with photoaging caused by sun damage along with skin cancer prevention being keys to skin health. Recent research on a long used herbal remedy has revealed exciting results in the lab.

A pair of University of Colorado Cancer Center studies published this month show that the milk thistle extract, silibinin, kills skin cells mutated by UVA radiation and protects against damage by UVB radiation — thus protecting against UV-induced skin cancer and photo-aging.

These are interesting results finding silibinin to get rid of already damaged cells, and prevent further damage. Hmmm….you have my attention! [Read more…]

How to Enjoy the Sun and Protect Your Skin!

Ever wonder how those beautiful, warm rays of the sun can have such long lasting and damaging effects on your skin?

Like a straightened rainbow, you can picture the spectrum of sunlight with the red, orange and yellow wavelengths being the longest and making up infrared light.  As wavelengths shorten, green and blue light speeds up into indigo blue and violet colors, which are visible and contain Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays.  These are the rays that cause sun damage to our skin. [Read more…]

Drink Your Sunscreen?

Sun damage, sun protection, Vitamin D deficiency and skin cancer are health topics being discussed every where you turn. We are told to slather on sunscreen (SPF 30 is sufficient), wear protective clothing, stay out of the sun at peak hours, yet our bodies need enough natural sunlight to assist in making Vitamin D, which has great influence in our immune systems.
Although the treatment of skin cancer is very effective, the best treatment remains prevention. Preventative measures include sun exposure avoidance, protective clothing, and full-spectrum sunscreen.” http://dermatology.cdlib.org/133/reviews/DNA/scheinfeld.html
Scientific research is beginning to look at ingredients that, taken internally, can provide protection from ultraviolet damage. One “Internal Sunscreen” ingredient is Polypodium leucotomos, also known as Polypodium extract.

One study, “Orally administered Polypodium leucotomos extract decreases psoralen-UVA induced phototoxicity, pigmentation, and damage of human skin“, produced these findings:

Clinically, phototoxicity was always lower in PL-treated skin after 48 to 72 hours (P<.005), and pigmentation was also reduced 4 months later. Histologically, PL-treated skin showed a significant numeric reduction of sunburn cells (P=.05), preservation of Langerhans cells (P< or =.01), decrease of tryptase-positive mast cell infiltration (P<.05), and decrease of vasodilation (P< or =.01).”  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Jan;50(1):41-9.

In simple terms, over a 4 month period of time, study subjects ingesting Polypodium were less inclined to sunburn, preserved their healthy new skin cells, and decreased the effects of sun burn two to three days after sun exposure.

I have been hearing testimonials from those drinking Polypodium in Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir who are reporting very little, if any, sun burn after hours of summer sun exposure. The nice thing about drinking your sunscreen is that you can now get your daily dose of sunshine to help your body make Vitamin D, and not have to worry as much about sun damage to your skin, the affects it has on accelerating your skin’s aging appearance, and developing sun/age spots. Who doesn’t want more protection from skin cancer if there is any chance.

While there is still more research to be done, I will drink my sunscreen every single day!

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Caffeine in Skin Care Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer

A couple of years ago, skin cancer research showed the possibility that caffeine applied directly to the skin reduced the amount of a particular protein that caused UV damaged skin cells to turn cancerous. In Caffeine in Skin Care May Protect from Skin Cancer, I share the findings of these past studiesNow there is new evidence that is showing stronger evidence of the anticancer effects of topically applied caffeine.

According to the National Cancer Institute, sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States with more than 1 million new cases each year.

With skin cancer becoming increasingly prevalent, especially in the younger age groups, the findings of topically applied caffeine showing evidence of decreasing the development of skin cancers is very important. [Read more…]

Protect Your Skin Cells With Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is a rich source of antioxidants, including proanthocyanidins. Several studies have demonstrated the health benefits of grape seed extract, which include protection from oxidative stress, cardiovascular health support, and immune system support. It also shows promise as a cancer fighting ingredient.

With so many people developing skin cancer each day, it’s great to hear about natural ingredients that help with prevention. Those colorful fruits and vegetables are loaded with amazing health benefits. [Read more…]

Should You Avoid UV Light at the Nail Salon?

Recently, I adventured into a new nail treatment – Shellac Nails! What I LOVE about them is that I don’t have to worry about chipping or peeling for almost 2 weeks, and no chemical smells that go along with other nail treatments.

The downside is that they can tend to dry your nails out. Your manicurist should be on the lookout for signs of nail dehydration each time you have a manicure. Most often you will see white discoloration of the nails that doesn’t go away with applying lotion. To treat them, you will need to take a little break from the Shellac Nails until they repair, and use the Shellac product less often. [Read more…]

Caffeine in Skin Care May Protect From Skin Cancer?

smoking hot cup of coffee by KrisThePhotographerCaffeine…… in your skin care? For all you coffee drinkers, does it get any better than this?  Well, it very well could be helpful, according to several studies with some interesting results.

Dr. Paul Ngheim, Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of Washington, Seattle, has reported findings from applying caffeine directly to the skin of mice exposed to ultraviolet radiation.  He found that a protein, ATR-Chk1, is necessary for UV damaged skin cells to grow quickly into cancerous cells. When caffeine was applied, the protein was interrupted causing only the damaged skin cells to die, and at a very rapid rate.  There was a 72% rate of nonmelonoma skin cancer suppression in the mice, stopping the cancerous cells in their tracks.Skin cancer cells, SEM  by Sandeep2208

Dr. Robin Ashinoff, Assoicate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, is not ready to agree wholeheartedly.  She says that “this study tells me that caffeine may be a useful ingredient topically to remove ultraviolet-genetically damaged cells from reproducing….(and) may help prevent the development of skin cancer.”

Dr. Albert Lefkovits, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, doesn’t think caffeine has any effect on skin cancer. He feels there is much more studying to be done, and rightfully so. Mice with skin cancer are not the same as you or I.  He also questions what the correct amount of caffeine to drink is.  Search out other related research and decide for yourself.

This is what I am going to do – keep drinking my two cups of coffee each morning, and use Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin Skin Care which does have caffeine in almost every product!! (I think our Cosmetic Chemists are on to something!) This way, I am totally covered from the inside out, and I don’t think some extra caffeine will do me any harm, do you?

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Sources:

http://www.usnews.com/health/family-health/cancer/articles/2009/02/26/caffeine-may-offer-some-skin-cancer-protection

Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2009) 129,1611–1613. doi:10.1038/jid.2009.99

http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v129/n2/abs/jid2008241a.html

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