How To Avoid Sunspots
In our 20’s we’re often negligent. In our 30’s awareness creeps in, and by our 40’s we’re manning the battle stations.What’s the issue? Sunspots! Sun related hyperpigmentation is a long-term endeavor. Early and ongoing prevention is essential. So if the sun is our enemy, what are we to do?
Live in a cave and only come out at night? Vampires unite! Wrap up like a mummy before leaving the house? The zombie apocalypse has nothing on you. On a more practical note, you can actively minimize exposure and skin damage with strategic planning and skincare.
SUN SENSE10 am – 4 pm are the witching hours for UV rays. Try to avoid the sun during these times. This is a general guideline. These hours can be extended based on length of day and altitude. Walk on the shady side of the street. Trees, canopies, and awnings are your friends. But whom are we kidding? Beaches and swimming pools are calling and who can resist their siren song in the summertime? Let’s face it. We are going to pursue adventures in the great outdoors. Be sure to bring your shade with you by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are a must for your eyes.
SUNSCREENSunscreen is the Holy Grail for preventing sun damage and lets us go out into the light. Take a look at how the sun's rays damage our skin even before it becomes visible on the surface and what sunscreen does to protect us. But not all sunscreens are created equal. Chemical sunscreens have come under serious scrutiny.
SKINCARESunscreen cannot stop all UV exposure. The suns rays produce DNA-damaging free radicals when they come into contact with our skin. Topically applied antioxidants absorb the damaging energy from the sun protecting our cells, collagen, and elastin from harm. Dr. Neil Shultz explains this well. Consuming fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants protect our skin from the inside out. Antioxidants in our skin cells counteract damage caused by sun exposure and can actually reverse hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.
Unique to the plant kingdom is the UV protection provided by sea buckthorn. Sea Buckthorn is also a powerful soap. Both consuming sea buckthorn berries with 190+ nutrients and applying sea buckthorn oil topically demonstrate radiation protective activity. Studies indicate that sea buckthorn’s flavonoids quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempferol have superior free-radical scavenging activity.
No matter where you are on the spectrum of sun-induced skin damage, taking action now to protect yourself from future exposure will make a difference, not only with pigmentation issues but also with the prevention of skin cancer. Share what you’ve learned with friends and family. Skin is the largest organ of our bodies. We need to take care of it diligently and daily.
The Health Benefits of Vitamin C and the Best Natural Version: www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-of-vitamin-c-best-natural-version/
Antioxidants Protect Skin From UV Damage: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-skin-care-vitamins-antioxidants
Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil Consumption Prevents UV Exposed Skin Damage: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22641502
Radioprotective Activity of Sea Buckthorn: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17472473 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16948057