Why Your Skin Needs Protection From The Sun All Year Long

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sunWe all want healthier, younger looking skin, but as we age it gets harder and harder to achieve. One of the biggest factors that affect our skin over time is the sun.

Warm sunlight washing over our skin may feel nice; however, what’s happening under the epidermis isn’t. Years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can kill or damage skin cells causing:

  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Skin discoloration
  • Rough texture
  • Sunburns
  • Reduced elasticity
  • Reduced collagen production
  • Acceleration of the aging process (photoaging)
  • Skin cancer

Sunlight helps us produce vitamin D, but just a little too much is enough to damage skin cells. This guide will help you better understand how to lessen the damage that’s already been done and better protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Correcting Past Sun Damage on the Skin

Chances are your skin has experienced some level of sun damage. Fortunately, doctors and researchers have discovered a number of natural ingredients that can help improve the damage that has already been done. They include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Peptides
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Many of these ingredients are found in top-rated skin care products. Lines like Dermaclara also combine multiple products to maximize the effects. Customer reviews of Dermaclara reveal that many users see improvements in the signs of sun damage. When all five products are used together customers note that brown spots, wrinkles and dullness are all reduced.

Skin damage from the sun accumulates every day, which is why it’s important to begin correcting damage and protecting skin as early in life as possible. Creating a routine that you can stick to daily is also important. Moisturizing and protection is needed during the day while cleansing, moisturizing and nourishment is needed at night.

What You Need to Know About SPF

Many people make the mistake of thinking sunscreen is only needed during summer beach vacations. Even in the winter when the sun sets earlier and we’re huddled inside by the fire sunscreen is still a daily requirement for healthy skin. The winter sun can actually be even more harsh because of dryness, windburn and reflection off the snow.

The truth is sun protection is a daily need throughout every season. But today there are so many products with confusing labels that the hassle of selecting a sunscreen is enough to keep some people from using it.

There are really just a few key things to look for, and one of them is SPF.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It’s a gauge of the percentage of UVB rays that are being blocked and how long the protection lasts. Theoretically the number indicates how many times longer the sunscreen protects the skin. For example, SPF 30 prevents UVB damage 30 times longer than the skin’s natural barrier of 20 minutes. However, experts suggest any sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours.

As far as the percentage of UVB rays that are blocked:

  • SPF 15 blocks 93%
  • SPF 30 blocks 97%
  • SPF 50 blocks 98%

A one percent difference is actually quite substantial when you consider that every day the damage is adding up. Experts recommend that you use at least SPF 15 even if you plan to spend just a few minutes outside.

UV Blocking Ingredients to Look For

The main purpose of sunscreen is to block damaging UV rays so they can’t easily penetrate the skin. The FDA has approved a number of ingredients that are proven to block UVA and UVB rays. These include:


PABA derivatives
Cinnamates (octylmethoxycinnamate and cinoxate)


Benzophenones (oxybenzone and sulisobenzone)
Ecamsule (MexorylTM)
Titanium dioxide
Zinc oxide

The best sunscreens are broad spectrum. That means they protect against UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause burns and skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate to deeper layers of skin causing wrinkles, discoloration and dullness. Typically, two to three of the ingredients above are needed for complete protection.

When in doubt, look for the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval. This means that the sunscreen contains an ample supply of the UV-blocking ingredients above.

Nothing harms your skin more than the sun. Since forgoing the light of day isn’t a viable option, taking steps to reduce and prevent damage is a necessary part of your daily skin care routine. All it takes is a few extra minutes each morning and night to start seeing the skin you enjoyed in your younger, less sun damaged years.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Chiropractic Offers Answers To Baby Boomers’ Needs

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By Dr. Kevin Kita

seniorcoupleexercisesmallAn article in the April 22, 2005 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research points out how chiropractic is perfectly situated to meet the needs and demands of the upcoming “Age Wave” of baby boomers who expect to live healthier, happier, longer lives by breaking free of traditional approaches to health care.

“Age Wave” describes how the sweeping effect that the 78 million baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are having on our culture.

In the realm of health care, Age Wavers seem to be placing more importance on the mind-body connection that, in their view of the world, leads to a more optimal state of mind that is better able to cope with the stresses of our hectic world.

The Age Wavers are looking for health care providers that will help them learn to live rather than how to die, help them stay healthy and independent while steering them toward balance in life, comfort and an increase in their quality of life.

They want to be active and informed in their health care decisions and are less inclined to rely on one doctor to oversee their care. In their new worldview, traditional medical advice would be balanced with that of wellness and alternative practitioners.

The author points out that chiropractic is ideally suited to meet the demands and needs of the emerging cultural shift.

The author points out that chiropractic is ideally suited to meet the demands and needs of the emerging cultural shift. While chiropractic has a foundation in science, it can also provide the philosophical concepts that traditional health care cannot; that the body is a self-healing, self-maintaining organism that tends toward health and wellness providing nothing interferes with that process.

By focusing on correcting vertebral subluxations, which interfere with health and wellness, chiropractic care is able to help people achieve the increase in quality of life, performance and potential that they demand.

– Dr. Kevin Kita, Chiropractor, Author, International Speaker, and Radio Host. Dr. Kita is well known among his patients for his compassion, wisdom, astonishing intuition, gentle and caring demeanor, and non-invasive chiropractic technique. He is a 1997 graduate of the Sherman Chiropractic College and has been practicing Chiropractic in the Yardley/Morrisville area for the past 15 years.

Diabesity: A Trend That Needs To Be Stopped In The UAE

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healthillustratedFrom Your Health Journal…..”I have mentioned here before that the web site Gulf News has some amazing health articles, and I found one today that supports something I have written about recently. I have expressed my displeasure with the media labeling the United States as the ‘fat capital’ of the world. Yes, I know there is a problem here, but my contention is that it is a worldwide problem, not just the US. So, I posted articles from various countries which state concern over obesity in their respected countries – such as England, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, and a bunch of other countries. Now, in the UAE, there is also concern about Diabesity. Some of you may be curious as to what Diabesity is?

Simply put: Diabetes + Obesity = Diabesity

Among Emirati and expatriate schoolchildren, the 2011 figures from the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) suggest that 15.5 per cent are obese, 39.2 per cent are overweight and 21 per cent consume fast food three times or more a day. Please visit the Gulf News web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is well written and informative.”

From the article…..

Nationwide survey to establish the prevalence of obesity and diabetes under proposal

Obesity’s close and dangerous relationship with diabetes was the focus on day two of the 2nd American Society for Nutrition Middle East Congress, which concludes on Friday.

A nationwide survey to establish the prevalence of obesity and diabetes is under proposal, said senior health officials.

The three-day congress shed light on ‘Diabesity’, a portmanteau word to describe the epidemic of diabetes and obesity occurring together.

In the UAE, the ‘Diabesity’ trend needs to be stopped, urged health officials. Available 2012 figures place the UAE seventh on the Global Fat Scale among 177 countries, calculated using UN data on population size and estimates of global weight from the World Health Organisation (Who). 
The WHO also estimates that about 20 per cent of the UAE adult population is overweight or obese.

Among Emirati and expatriate schoolchildren, the 2011 figures from the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) suggest that 15.5 per cent are obese, 39.2 per cent are overweight and 21 per cent consume fast food three times or more a day.

Statistics by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) peg the percentage of diabetic UAE residents — Emiratis and expatriates, at more than 20 per cent with another 18 at high risk.

Speaking to Gulf News, Ayesha S. Al Dhaheri, Chair at the Department of Nutrition and Health at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre in Nutrition, said: “We are still working with old figures. We have proposed a nationwide survey along with the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the WHO to collect baseline data in areas like non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes as well as risk factors like cholesterol and hypertension so we can tailor our programmes accordingly.”

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