Winter is pretty much here and it's time to get that cold weather skin care regime in order.
If you missed Part One, click here. Now read on to learn what Dr. Adam J. Scheiner suggests we all do to keep skin safe in the cold winter sun:
"Always wear sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. I recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30, preferably higher," Dr. Scheiner said.
"You can also protect yourself from UVA rays, which cause deeper damage, by applying UV-protective film to your car windows. Also, wear clothes with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating of at least 30."
Minimizing. Good nutrition and topical products can help minimize signs of damage, such as wrinkles and age spots, Dr. Scheiner sexplained to us.
"Eat foods rich in antioxidants -- carrots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables; spinach and other green leafy vegetables; tomatoes; blueberries; peas and beans; fatty fish, and nuts," he instructed.
An American Society for Clinical Nutrition study found that women ages 40 to 75 who consumed more vitamin C, an antioxidant, had fewer wrinkles.
Also use exfoliating creams to remove dead skin cells. Prescription creams including Avita, Avage, Renova and Retin-A have been shown to reduce wrinkles and age spots caused by sun exposure.
Repairing. Lasers can resurface facial skin by stripping away the outermost layers. Some "non-ablative" lasers also stimulate collagen formation, which helps smooth wrinkles.
"I use RESET® Laser Skin Resurfacing, which reverses the damage and removes many pre-cancers and even active skin cancers," Scheiner explained. "RESET uses an advanced Dual Pulsed Erbium Laser, and my proprietary healing protocol."
But the No. 1 best thing you can do for your skin starting today is to start making application of a broad spectrum, UVB/UVA sunscreen part of your daily routine.
"Apply it to all areas of the skin that can be directly exposed to the sun," Dr. Scheiner said. "The best scenario is preventing sun damage in the first place."
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