The Truth About Sunscreens

Your face ages as a result mostly of sun damage. 90% of the stuff on your face that looks OLD, is actually caused by the sun; this includes wrinkles, roughness, broken veins, dryness, brown spots and generally irregular color. 90% of non dangerous skin cancers are also sun related. Tanning is actually a sign of a stress in the skin, and is the result of DNA injury. Skin harmed by the sun has decreased amounts of collagen and elastin, both of which normally serve to support your face. How can you prevent these problems?? You know the answer already. SUNSCREEN!

It's clear from all the research that protection from the sun is the best way to prevent the signs of aging in your skin. There are two kinds of ingredients that protect the skin. The first is an organic ingredient which mostly protects from UVB radiation; examples of these are octinoxate or avenobenzone. The second is inorganic, and it generally protects from UVA; an example is zinc oxide. Our favorite sunscreens, made by PCA, have both these ingredients included to provide maximum protection. But it only helps if you put it on!! Most people don't put on enough, and they don't reapply. Putting it on every 2 hours is recommended. This is tough to remember to do, so for this we recommend our little PCA sample sizes which are small enough to put in your purse or car. Some people have concerns about the safety of sunscreens. These concerns are not substantiated by the research. There is no evidence that they have adverse effects on humans. In 1980 a study in rats where they were given HUGE doses, showed some effects, but all the studies in humans have NOT shown significant absorption. So don't worry, it won't hurt you and the sun will.

Studies suggest that sunscreen can repair pre-existing damage, as well as preventing future problems. Adding an antioxidant to your routine is another way to protect yourself further. The skin has its own network of antioxidants working to prevent injury, and fighting to defend your skin at all times. If you add more antioxidants, you'll get more protection against the free radicals causing the damage.

Examples of these antioxidants are Vitamin C, and glutathione; both of which are included in our PCA C Quench product. These topical antioxidants, along with Retin A, are the first line in treating damaged skin. Using these products every day guards you against DNA damage, collagen loss, as well as preventing new injury. Getting a peel of any kind, will also repair sun damage as it causes a cascade of healing which creates new collagen. Protection is so crucial that I'll include a free PCA travel size sunscreen this month when you get a facial and peel with Aundrea, our new aesthetician.

So put on that sunscreen/moisturizer and make sure to reapply! You can improve your wrinkles with Botox and fillers, but if you skin doesn't look healthy, you don't look healthy.