The right sunscreen and the proper use of it can’t be emphasized enough.
The typical signs of aging are brought about largely by sun damage. Sun damage comes not only though direct exposure, but also through such factors as wind and temperature changes (of which Utah is one of the most drastic), prolonged exposure to fluorescent lights, hazy and overcast days, and reflection of the suns rays off pavement, sand, snow and water.
Recent studies show that the majority of fine lines and wrinkles are caused by UVA damage, so this is serious stuff.
Be picky in your choice of sun blocks. Choose only those with UVA and UVB protection.
What’s the difference?
UVA are long wave light rays, which penetrate deeper into the dermis, causing sun spots and photo aging.
UVB are short wave lights that are responsible for most sunburns and are blocked by most sunscreens, unlike the UVA rays.
Remember that most sunscreen has a shelf life of about one year, so don’t try to get away with last year’s leftovers.
Also look for zinc oxide among the active ingredients in your sunscreen.
Vitamin C, if in the L-ascorbic acid form and at least 15 percent concentration, wares off wrinkles and blocks UV rays.
But in order to target its talents to the skin, Vitamin C must be applied topically rather than internally. Some of the best research done on Vitamin C was done at Duke University in the formula produced by Skin Ceuticals.
It is in the form of a serum that is massaged in to the skin. It works as part of the skin’s natural immune system as a UV protectant, anti-inflammatory, and a natural sunscreen.
By absorbing the high concentrations of ascorbic acid found in vitamin C, the skin strengthens its immunity to the sun. The anti-oxidant in it helps to repair visible sun damage and fine lines. It has also been shown to increase collagen production in the skin, preventing and correcting wrinkling and helping prevent DNA damage, which can lead to skin cancer.
Beware, most other vitamin C products are in the wrong concentration or the wrong form and don’t penetrate the skin at all and hence don’t work.
The plant growth factor furfuryladenine is the wonder behind Kinerase (similar to Retin A) that has been found to slow the aging process in plants and animals.
When applied twice a day for 24 weeks, subjects found noticeable improvement in skin texture and coloration, while decreasing fine winkles and blotchiness.
Not only has it shown anti-wrinkling properties, but also moisturizing qualities. Unlike many other anti-wrinkle products, Kinerase is non-acid, so it won’t irritate your skin, and causes no additional photosensitivity.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are a group of chemical compounds derived from food products such as fruit/sugar and milk.
When applied to the skin, AHAs help to accelerate the exfoliation of dead surface cells and increase collagen synthesis, resulting in smoother skin with fewer sunspots, wrinkles, and irregularities.
Dr. Joseph Berg is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and practices at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute. He is renowned for his meticulous and safe methods and contributions to several of the most respected surgery textbooks. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.