Sun Exposure and Vitamin D . . . gasp!

sun1Gigi and I LOVE the sun!  We also know how aging it is.  We spend time in the sun and do wear sunscreen, obviously . . .  we mention it ALL THE TIME!  There is so much in the media now regarding vitamin D deficiency, everyone seems confused.  Like it or not, we need the sun and yes, it’s dangerous.  I’ve heard and known too many that have dealt with or died from melanoma, however, it’s an absolute necessity to a healthy life (healthy bones, reduced risk of diabetes and the flu virus, cancer prevention, etc.) . . . that’s just a simple fact. Google it all day long.  And what is so obvious to us . . . people that are in the sun too much look older than their years . . . people that avoid the sun completely look pasty and unhealthy . . . for the most part.  So, where’s the balance between vanity and good health? Become aware. I personally only wear sunscreen on my face, neck, and hands.  I let myself obtain vitamin D naturally . . . from the sun.  I can hear the gasps now!

You all know that between a vitamin D supplement, certain foods, and sunshine, your body can get/make the recommended daily amount of this vitamin, but it is in fact a hormone.  The problem is your diet won’t give you enough of it, many people like myself do not like “popping pills” for nutrients, and how much sun exposure is safe?

Two things to consider if you’re not completely sure about adequate sun protection and want to spend time in the sun to create vitamin D. One, there is a tropical fern extract (polypodium leucotomos) containing a natural mix of phytochemicals that has been shown to inhibit photoaging. Gigi and I have both used it in the brand name Heliocare (www.heliocare.com).  I used it when I was in the Seychelles which is pretty much on the equator, and I DID NOT burn!  I also used sunscreen, but wasn’t good about reapplying.  Honestly, I was blown away because it appeared to have worked . . . no sunburn, no inflammation, hopefully minimal oxidative stress.  Another option that I now use regularly is the app . . . dMinder (www.dminder.ontometrics.com).  Most people are unaware that the best time to obtain vitamin D from the sun is at what’s called “solar noon”.  This app tracks when solar noon hits your area . . . and it isn’t always 12:00pm.  It monitors the UVI index, the angle of the sun, and the measured IU’s you are receiving.  So now that it’s spring where we live . . . I get my vitamin D naturally at solar noon then in the afternoon I cover up with some cute UPF/SPF clothing which is getting more popular and easy to find.

Dr. Hudacek gives you her opinion on how to obtain vitamin D in the video below . . .

Now get out there and enjoy the sun . . . it’s healthy if you’re smart about it!

Dr. Hudacek and Toners

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We speak to many women about their skincare routines and we have found that very few understand the need for a well formulated toner.  Toners aren’t just about removing left over makeup after cleansing.  The right formulation will add an extra layer of healthy nutrients and for some of us, no additional moisturizer is necessary.

The astringent, high in alcohol toners of days past are not what we are speaking about.  Those cause more problems than have benefits especially for those of us with oily skin.  I personally have found that I become even oilier when using these types of toners and my pH is totally out of whack. When you use the correct toner, your skin will literally “drink it in” and it will feel soft, soothed, and clean. And again, we have found that no one in the entire skincare industry formulates a toner as beautifully as Paula’s Choice (and no, we are not paid by this company, we are simply stating a fact!).  Every single skincare company out there should emulate her formulations as they are simply the best in terms of the ingredients and how they benefit your skin.  To apply a toner loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, skin soothing and repairing ingredients, and . . . very important . . . fragrance free (or minimal fragrance), will leave your skin absolutely refreshed, glowing, and healthy! We’ve included a link to PaulasChoice.com should you wish to take a look at the offerings and benefits . . .

http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/toners/

Dr. Hudacek shares her opinion on toners . . .

Dr. Hudacek simplifies your AM/PM routine

Dr. Hudacek explains a three step process in your skincare routine for those of you who are overwhelmed with the plethora of products out there and/or those of you that just want to keep it simple.

A good morning routine (think PROTECTION) will consist of . . . cleansetoner/serum with antioxidants – SPF (can be a moisturizer)

A good evening routine (think TREATMENT) will consist of  . . .  cleanse – retinol/retinoid or AHA/BHA exfoliants – moisturize (many moisturizers without SPF will have other wonderful skin repairing and cell communicating ingredients)

Of course you can certainly incorporate many additional products into a daily routine and alternate them as necessary. This is just a simple 3 step process for those of you that want the basics.

Kristin Hudacek, MD, FAAD discusses retinoids/retinols

Dr. Hudacek speaks briefly about the benefits of using a topical retinoid/retinol as part of a good anti-aging skincare regimen.   She is currently affiliated with Richard G. Glogau, MD & Associates in San Francisco.  Dr. Glogau developed “Glogau’s Wrinkle Scale” (shown below for reference) to objectively measure the severity of photoaging and wrinkles.

 

Glogau Classification of Photoaging

Group Classification Typical Age Description Skin Characteristics
I Mild 28-35 No wrinkles Early Photoaging: mild pigment changes, no keratosis, minimal wrinkles, minimal or no makeup
II Moderate 35-50 Wrinkles in motion Early to Moderate Photoaging: Early brown spots visible, keratosis palpable but not visible, parallel smile lines begin to appear, wears some foundation
III Advanced 50-65 Wrinkles at rest Advanced Photoaging: Obvious discolorations, visible capillaries (telangiectasias), visible keratosis, wears heavier foundation always
IV Severe 60-75 Only wrinkles Severe Photoaging: Yellow-gray skin color, prior skin malignancies, wrinkles throughout – no normal skin, cannot wear makeup because it cakes and cracks