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Are you using the right sunscreen?

Part One, the Facts

I have broken this subject down into 2 blogs as there is so much information, the first is information about sun exposure, the second is my recommendations.

Do you know the difference between UVA and UVB? What does SPF mean and what does it protect you from? How often do you need to apply sunscreen for it to be effective?

UV exposure is the main cause of pre-mature aging, meaning lined, loose and discolored skin. I can’t stress enough if you want to stay looking youthful longer then you need to protect yourself from the suns damaging rays.

UVB, which mainly reaches the top layer of your skin, is responsible for sun-damage including sunburn, and some non-melanoma skin cancers.

UVA, which penetrate deeper into skin, are responsible for pre-mature aging photo-aging and melanoma.

The truth about SPF is that it only protects you from UVB damage – not UVA. Many sunscreens will only be SPF not full broad spectrum.

So what protects from UVA?   
Zinc Oxide is the only ingredient that provides a full protection from both UVA and UVB. Antioxidants such as Vit A, C and E in high doses will provide a natural protection from UVA. Products containing these antioxidants must be packaged in a way that air cannot get to the product. Ie Vaccum or airless pump, self collapsing tube. Vitamins and Antioxidants will oxidize within 24hrs of being exposed to the air.

Did you know that if you are using a cream sun protection it needs to be reapplied every 2-3 hours? Many skin care companies have moisturizers that contain a sunscreen, if you are applying this first thing in the morning by the time you go out for lunch let alone morning tea you are not protected!

My recommendations for the best way to protect yourself are still to come, watch this space.


Applying Oil to Oily Skin

I get asked so often why would I want to apply an oil to my Oily Skin??

Well my answer is simple, it helps stop breakouts! Really, I hear you ask... Of course not just any oil, apply a low quality, large molecule size oil to your skin it will do the opposite. But apply Omega 3 Oil to the skin and it will help. The science behind it is that your skin at all times has bacteria living on it's surface. This bacteria lives off Essential Fatty Acids or Omega 3, we need this bacteria - it's healthy. But what's not healthy is when the skin is lacking in Omega 3, when there is not enough Omega 3 on the surface the bacteria will go looking for it. Traveling down your hair follicle and into the oil gland, when in there it will cause all sorts of bacterial problems - and what you get on the surface is a "SPOT".

So increase your Omega 3 internally to 3000mg per day (also increasing foods such as Salmon, Tuna, Walnuts, Avocado) and apply topical Omega 3 - such as Prologic Omega 3 Treatment Oil. Keep the healthy bacteria happy and you will find you have less problems with breakouts.