How To Protect Your Skin

Sun Protection

Tanning ray, responsible for darkening pigment Not season dependant (like UV-A)
Does not result in burns (too long, slow) unless the person is toxic or photosensitive, but may cause aging due to deeper penetration
Penetrates glass Greatest % of UV rays (10xmore than UV-A)
Considered to be a major contributor to non-melanoma skin cancers
Most sunscreens do not protect from these rays
UV-B rays stimulates Vitamin D production
Primary cause of sunburn from over exposure (1000x more than UV-A)
Stimulates Melanin which is protective against sunburn
Stimulates MSH (Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone) which is involved in weight loss, energy production
May help normalize blood sugar (Vitamin D)
Blocked by clouds, smog, 95% blocked by glass, only 50% blocked by water
Present only midday in temperate & tropical climates
Between 10AM – 2PM best time to get UV-B rays UVB plus UVA rays cause sun burns in higher altitude faster!!!

UV-C RAYS are shortest wave length, most active
Contributes to skin cancer
Burns skin rapidly in small doses - not blocked by sunscreens
Found in fluorescent lights
Mostly blocked by ozone, atmosphere
Ozone depletion problematic
Only sun block can block these rays

20 Minute Rule
Adequate UV-B exposure and Vitamin D production can be achieved in less time than it takes to cause redness or irritation- usually less than 20 minutes!
Tanning is not required
NEVER burn!!!

Chemical Sunscreens
Electro-chemicals create toxic, electrical, free radical (aging)reactions on the skin
Most are banned in Europe
Up to 35% can enter the blood stream
May increase the risk of cancers
Do not filter out all rays
Higher SPF means more toxicity. Use low SPF, apply more frequently, rinse off when not needed
Oxybenzone and Avobenzone (Highly toxic!!!) Goes into blood - Avoid products built from these
Benzophenones: Dioxybenzone, Oxybenzone, Benzoate-4 · Octylmethoxy Cinnamate, Octocrylene, Avobenzone, Sailcylates:Homosalate, Octyl Salicylate, Trolamine Salicylate, Octacinate

Sunscreen Toxicity
Octylmethoxy Cinnamate (OMC) found in 90% of sunscreens
FDA regulated
Norwegian study demonstrated toxicity; can be toxic even in low doses
Toxicity increased when combined with simulated sun
Norwegian radiation protection authority conclusion: “sunscreens should be treated with caution and used only when impractical to ….shield skin from sun with clothes.”

Chemical Sunscreens and Free Radicals
Free radicals are cell damaging, age – inducing, cancer causing chemicals
Chemical sunscreens are powerful producers of free radicals
Chemical sunscreens are used in industry to initiate free radical reactions (especially when combined with light)
Especially damaging to fats and proteins (skin)
Effectively absorbed through the skin into the body (the longer on the skin- the more absorption)

Chemical Sunscreens and Xeno-estrogens
Xeno-estrogens are chemicals that can affect the estrogen hormone system, “gender-benders”
Pesticides (DDT), plastics, industrial chemicals (PCB, dioxin) and sunscreens
Reproductive, libido problems, endometriosis, cysts, cardiovascular issues, cancer
(breast, prostate) and disruption of hormonal communication systems (thyroid, ovarian, adrenal etc.)Mom to fetus, found in breast milk
Effectively absorbed through the skin into the body

Physical Sunscreens
Only 2 are Generally safe and non-toxic: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide
Acts as a physical sun ray blocker vs. electro-chemicals
Blocks most UV-A and UV-B
Do not filter out all rays
Once chemicals have absorbed their limit, sun blocking activity ceases
Micronization improves cosmetic appeal SPF
Sun Protection Factor
Measures duration (not strength) before redness occurs: minutes red normally x SPF=protection time in minutes).
10 minutes redness with SPF 15=2.5 hours protection
Requires “cupped hand filled with shaving cream”!!! SPF
Only measures UV-B. Radiation damage can still occur
Very water resistant rating=same SPF after immersion in moving water 4 times for 20 minutes
FDA suggests: apply 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply regularly - Ignores potential toxicity

Internal Nutritional Protection
Load up before sun exposure - use after the sun
Copper · Co Q10
Vitamin E, C, A
Phytonutrients, Algae (carotenes, flavonoids, pigments)
Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium
Estrogen protectors (DIM, 13C)
Eye vitamins (Ocuvite, Eyevite)

Topical Nutritional Protection
Topical C (available at Crème de la Crème)
Topical E, All Phyto 5 products include vitamin E, (available at Crème de la Creme)
Retinol, Retinoic Acid - may actually protect skin from UV damage (UV depletes Vitamin A in the skin - increases skin aging decreases skin health)
Rejuven A (available at Crème de la Crème)
Topical Beta Glucan – scavenges sun damage, immune stimulant

Sunscreen- Recommended Common Brands
Sanitas Sun Block- available at Crème de la Crème
Badger Sunscreen (REI)
California Baby Sun block Stick (Target)
Keys Soap Solar
Rx Therapeutic Sunblock
Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen
Glo Mineral Makeup (available at Crème de la Crème) I encourage my clients to do their own research and get consultations from professional dermatologists
Solumbra- sun protective clothing- provides up to SPF 65- No chemical exposure- cute and athletic clothing for all lifestyle activities