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Sunscreen Skin Care
Sunscreen All Year Long
South Florida is famous for its one of a kind beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunny climate. While enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to remember to wear sunscreen. No matter the weather; cloudy, windy, sunny or cold our skin is constantly exposed to UV rays. Tanning lamps also produce UVA and/or UVB which are harmful rays that affect the skin in the same ways the sun does. While the argument that the sun provides a healthy dosage of vitamin D is true, the requirements are minimal, all you need 15-30 minutes of sun exposure 2-3 days a week. Vitamin D is also abundant is fish, milk, liver, eggs and vitamin D supplements.
Taking Care of Our Skin
Wearing sunscreen in our day in age has become even more important as the ozone layer is depleting and our bodies require shielding from harmful rays. About 90 percent of non melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. It is reported that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Dr. Deborah Longwill of Miami Center for Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist and skin cancer advocate. Her office offers comprehensive skin testing and cutting edge cancer treatments. She is one of the few doctors in South Florida, currently using the SRT-100. The SRT-100 can be safely used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, on the face and other areas of the body. Dr. Longwill is very proactive, constantly preaching the importance of sunscreen use to all of her patients. Wearing sunscreen has proven to prevent the formation of some skin cancers, along with hyper-pigmentation, facial red/spider veins, rapid collagen break down and coarse skin. Her patients swear by the antioxidants rich sunscreen, Daily Replenishing Sunblock SPF 36. It is infused with botanicals including Elhibin and Colhibin to help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. Daily use helps delay environmental aging and prevents skin cancer. Colore Science PRO Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30; is another favorite among her patients, this smart mineral powder helps prevent sunburns and provides higher SPF enabling greater sunburn protection. It retains after 80 minutes of activity in the water and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Daily Replenishing Sun block SPF 36 and Colore Science PRO Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 can be found at drlongwillskincare.com.
Sunscreen is of grave importance especially for those with fair, delicate and sensitive skin and those currently taking photosensitive prescription medication(s), as the sun may make the skin extra susceptible to the sun. Photosensitiveness is inflammation induced by the combination of sunlight and certain medications or substances. Some of these medications include but are not limited to acne, anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular medications. Topical acne products, such as vitamin A (tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide), can cause the skin to burn easier. It’s important to discuss these topical treatments and medications with your physician so you can properly protect yourself from the sun.