It is Spring in Colorado! In the same week it can be cold and snowy and then warm and sunny. When temperatures do climb to 70 degrees, it is time to head outdoors. Keep your skin healthy with our spring tips.
1. Remember to protect your skin:
Your skin needs protection from the sun — that much is simple. However, knowing the ins and outs of SPF, the difference between physical and chemical sunblocks and when to check the UV index are more complicated. With a range of SPF products and sunblocks from $5 to $45 per 6 oz., it is important to be informed.
HOW DOES SUNBLOCK WORK?
Sunblock absorbs and/or reflects UVA and UVB rays therefore protecting your skin from damage. All sunblocks are given a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating which indicates how long a sunblock remains effective on the skin.
WHAT IS SPF?
SPF – or Sun Protection Factor – is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin. If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer –- about five hours.
This number is often misinterpreted by the consumer. A higher SPF does not mean you can stay protected in the sun the entire day without re-applying. The FDA has proposed a cap at SPF 30, with everything above that being 30+. Above SPF 30, the percentage of UVB absorbed and overall protection of the skin increases only slightly, but people may misinterpret these higher SPF numbers as a higher level of protection or even a guarantee of all-day protection.
The American Association of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that a “broad spectrum” sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied daily to all sun-exposed areas, then reapplied every two hours.
WHAT IS “BROAD SPECTRUM” PROTECTION?
Every day the sun emits UVA and UVB rays that can lead to sunburns, premature skin aging and eventual skin cancers. Even on cloudy days up to 80 percent of UV rays can pass through the clouds according to the AAD. Broad Spectrum coverage protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
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3. Get Out and Grill:
Colorado’s pleasant spring evenings make it the perfect time to grill. Grilling is one of the healthiest preparations of your food.
Try this recipe from The Beautiful Skin Diet, by Dr. Asarch and Executive Chef Neal Mendel. This delicious, skin healthy recipe is just right for the spring season.
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– How your diet impacts your health.
-What foods to avoid eating at all cost.
-Which fats and oils are optimum.
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-These findings in Dr. Asarch’s recommended Two Week Diet-a diet that’s all natural, doesn’t involve additives, and contains ingredients you can readily find at your local grocery store!