A few simply things you can do to protect the health and youthfulness of your skin.

First and foremost; Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! 

Sunscreen works by blocking and absorbing UV rays through a combination of physical and chemical particles. Physical particles, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are used to reflect UV radiation from the skin.  UVB radiation is the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer.

However, not all sunscreens are created equal.  When you plan on applying sunscreen to your skin, and often, and also relying on it to help prevent cancer, it’s best to know exactly what your using and how it may impact the health of your skin.

You have two general categories to choose from when selecting your skin protection,
Physical Sunscreens or Chemical Sunscreens.

Physical Sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers.

Chemical Sunscreens contain organic (carbon based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. They are often referred to as chemical or organic absorbers.

The below table will help to demonstration the differences and determine which is best for you..

Protecting the skin barrier is the first step in protecting the overall health and appearance to the skin, as well as slowing down the aging process. Remember plenty of  fluids including water! Water loss of the skin leads to increased inflammation, dehydration, increased sensitivity, redness, itching.

And by the way, don’t forget a wide brimmed protective hat. This goes for both men and women!

Jeanne Synger has been a resident of Citrus County for twenty years and has worked in health care as a Registered Nurse for over twenty-five years.  She received her Skin Care Therapist license in 2006 and is a Certified DNA Practitioner in Stem Cell Therapy.  Ms. Synger continues to receive advanced skin care training at the International Dermal Institute in Orlando, Florida.