A Prime Pick For Sunscreen Season
By Carrie Jacobson, Contributing Writer |
What is this? Little green things budding on trees, a huge ball of fire in the sky? I've never seen the likes! Well, not since last November. Like a lot of you, I'm packing away my puffy coat and dusting off my roller skates, which means more time spent outdoors... which means more sun exposure... which means more sun damage. As the weather changes, I've already traded my berry lip stain for a peachy gloss, so it makes sense to change up my skincare regimen now, too.
Sun damage, as you've no doubt seen in excess on many celebrities and grandparents, ain't pretty. More to the point, it can lead to cancer. The sun has a more powerful effect on us each year thanks to global warming, and while you may not look as "healthy" when you're pale, you'll actually be healthier when you use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. (There are a lot of awesome bronzers out there. Find one.)
In the last three years, both of my parents have had menacing things removed from their faces that had been caused by sun damage, so I got the jump-start to use sunscreen religiously by taking a peek a few millimeters deep into my dad's head wound. I also started layering my SPF-enhanced moisturizer with a potent sunscreen: MD Skincare's Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 Sunscreen Cream is the only sunscreen that addresses sun damage associated with iron left on the skin by tap water and perspiration. (MD Skincare founder Dr. Gross says that when iron is exposed to sunlight, it starts to break down and becomes photo-activated, which causes weird stuff in DNA that can lead to skin cancer. He didn't actually say "weird stuff.")
With Powerful Sun Protection, antioxidants such as green tea, lycopene and vitamins A, C and E help fight free-radical damage and work to repair existing damage. You can put it in your favorite moisturizer or you can use it alone. After only a week, my skin felt and looked balanced and moisturized, and because I reapply at lunch, I had peace of mind knowing I was super-protected all day long.