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Why Sun Protection?

Dermatologists always recommend sun protection for all of their patients, regardless of age. Why is this? The sun's ultraviolet rays cause toxic molecules called free radicals to form in our skin, wreaking havoc by destroying the normal function and integrity of neighboring molecules. As such, they damage our cells' DNA, and damaged DNA can lead to cancer. Whether your skin has been sunburned or suntanned, it has been damaged, and repeated episodes of excessive sun exposure will irreversibly damage your skin. The signs of sun damage, such as wrinkles, sun freckles, and brown pigmentation will appear, and skin cancer may occur. It is therefore important to protect yourself and your children from the sun at an early age.

The simplest form of sun protection is wearing the proper clothing. Hats that really block the sun can protect much of your face. Thicker white and light-colored cotton clothing provides better protection than thinner, darker clothing. Some companies, such as Sun Precautions, offer catalogs filled with tested, sun-protective clothing. Second to protective clothing, sunscreen is the most important way to shield you from the sun. Women can use a moisturizer with sunscreen or sunscreen alone before applying their makeup every day. (Makeup with sunscreen does not usually spread evenly enough to be considered an effective method of sun protection.) Men can use a moisturizer with sunscreen or sunscreen after shaving. When spending more than a few or more hours in the sun, sunscreen should be at a sun protection factor (SPF) level of 30, contain an ultraviolet A ray (UVA) blocking agent, and be applied at least thirty minutes before going out into the sun. Repeat applications every few hours are necessary. (SPF refers to ultraviolet Bray [UVB] protection only, so a sunscreen purchased needs to state that it offers UVA protection as well.) Antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E also seem to offer sun protection, primarily because they destroy sun induced free radicals. For example, daily use of a vitamin C cream may aid in sun protection. A sunscreen combined with an antioxidant cream would offer even greater sun protection. Scientists are now studying topically applied chemical compounds, namely CM-Glucan and 2-FDO (2-furilodoxime), as agents to protect the skin from the sun.

Experiments suggest that when 2-FDO is combined with an SPF 4 sunscreen, it becomes equivalent to an SPF 30 sunscreen. Many doctors believe that 2-FDO reduces sun damage by neutralizing the iron that acts as a catalyst to the production of free radicals. In the future, 2-FDO may be widely used to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreen. At present, neither 2-FDO nor CM-Glucan is available for commercial use. An exciting development on the horizon is a tanning cream that actually tricks the skin into tanning, rather than staining the skin (as do currently available tanning creams), by making the skin respond as if it were actually exposed to sunlight. The result is a natural tan without any cost to the skin's vitality. You will be able to work in the morning, apply your cream at night, and come to work the next day with a real tan. And best of all, you do not have to expose your skin to the sun's harmful rays in order to achieve it.


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