New Study: Is Sun Screen Not Enough?Not long ago, I developed skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, the most common form) from years (decades?) of worshipping the sun at Coney Island and Jones Beach. Back then, simply basking wasn't enough for me. To make sure my fair skin got the maximum number of rays, I slathered on baby oil mixed with iodine, and then held a reflector up to my face. Smart. It's a miracle I have any skin left at all. Since then I've been ultra-vigilant about the sun and uber-knowledgeable about the latest research and ways we can take better care of our skin. One of the most important things we know, and which we hopefully take quite seriously, is we must protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays. There are myriad ways to do that, such as:
- stay out of the sun (especially between 10am and 4pm)
- wear sunscreen all year long, rain or shine (at least 30 SPF) (DON'T FORGET YOUR LIPS! Try my favorite: Carmex Click Sticks with SPF 15)
- don a delightful hat
- sport sexy sunglasses
- for goodness sakes, get out of that tanning bed!
A new study by Yale University cancer researchers shows that the cell-damaging effects of ultra-violet rays may continue for many hours . . . even after the sun goes down.
So, what else can we do?
Arm yourself with ample ammunition like you're entering a war zone.
We've long been aware of the role that antioxidants play in protecting skin from UV damage--a groundbreaking study in 1996 proved antioxidants like vitamins C and E can boost the power of sunscreen and help make skin more resistant to damage--so it's no surprise that many experts are zeroing in on new ways to incorporate essential antioxidants in the war against skin cell damage.
But, we've got to go beyond that. Companies like Origins and Ferndale, among others, study plants to see how they can be used in the fight against skin damage on a cellular level.
Consider doing what I do:
Every day when I pop my vitamin D capsule, I also take HELIOCARE--a supplement that relies on the power of the Polyodium leucotomos, a tropical fern which acts as a scavenger to mop up free radicals.
(HELIOCARE is designed to be used in conjunction with other forms of sun protection.)
Europeans have known about the medicinal and healing power of PLE (polyodium leucotomos extract) for decades, and the U.S. finally caught on. Now, in addition to using common sense to protect my skin on the outside, I'm also doing what I can to protect it from the inside, too.
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