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Too much sun can break down your skin cells, causing wrinkling, leathering and brown spots. More serious than these damaging and unappealing effects is the risk of pre cancerous lesions forming.

Here are some simple tips to help you look and feel better.


  1. Pour on the sunscreen. One of the keys to radiant skin is never skimping on sunscreen. Even in winter, when the cold weather can lull you into complacency. Reapply it every two hours if you are in the sun and more frequently if you are sweating heavily. If your moisturizer has SPF protection, you donít need to layer sunscreen on top.
     
  2. Exfoliate. Your body is continually generating fresh skin cells. But sometimes dead skin cells can build up on the surface and make skin blotchy. Lotions and self-tanning sprays can compound the problem. Use a loofah, scrub, alpha hydroxyl acid cleanser or home microderm abrasion unit to exfoliate. If you use self-tanning lotions or sprays, exfoliate to avoid build up that can make your skin look splotchy.
     
  3. Lighten brown spots. Unlike laundry bleach that removes color completely, skin lighteners just brighten your skin on the surface. Look for products that combine kojic acid, hydroquinone, Retin A and a mild steroid cream.
     
  4. Hydrate. Sun, chlorine, salt water and dry winter air can drain the moisture from your skin. Hand, body and foot creams can all help. Moisturizers with AHAs, or facial serums with hyaluronic acid, can instantly make skin appear less dry, wrinkled and parched. Also be sure to hydrate inside. And nothing is better than calorie-free water.
     
  5. See your dermatologist. Laser treatment for blotchiness, discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles and scaly patches can improve both your skin health and appearance.

Applying Sunscreens and Cosmetics Together.
Topical medications, moisturizers and cosmetics can all benefit your physical and emotional wellbeing. But in what order should you apply them?

Consider the mystery solved!
  1. Medications
  2. Moisturizers
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Foundation
  5. Powder
  6. Blush


Mineral Cosmetics. Using mineral makeup is an easy way to incorporate sun protection into your daily routine. It consists of naturally occurring inorganic components such as titanium oxide and zinc oxide. These substances act as a sunscreen by deflecting the sunís ultra-violet rays, instead of absorbing them, in the manner of chemical sunscreens.
Mineral cosmetics with an SPF15 rating provide protection for brief exposure to the sun. And they can enhance your protection when layered over a sunscreen product.

Are you photosensitive? Some medications and substances in cosmetics can contribute to skin damage when combined with exposure to sun. This condition is known as photosensitivity Antihistamines, antibiotics and antidepressants are just a few of the medications that can cause this condition. Fragrances, serums, retinol skin treatments and even Vitamin A can also contribute. Use retinol and Vitamin A products at night to minimize risks

Vitamin D. Studies have shown that Jordanians are not getting enough Vitamin D to maintain good health. And the sun is a source of Vitamin D but unfortunately itís also a source of skin cancer!!

That is why fortified milk, orange juice and supplements are considered a safer, easier and faster ways to get the Vitamin D you need.

Healthy Hint: Play it safe.

Publish Date: 17/08/2011
     
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