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Vitamin A is important to the eyes, but did you know that it is also important to the skin?
People love antioxidants because they promote health and wellness. While true, there are a number of misconceptions regarding its use.
Every day our body, and especially our skin, is assaulted by numerous environmental hazards. This includes UV radiation, smoke, chemical industrial pollutants, synthetic dyes, and a myriad of other substances. With chronic exposure, these chemicals can be damaging to living cells. The damage occurs in the form of free radicals formation, in which highly reactive electrically charged molecules cause damaging chemical reactions.
Hydration is essential to maintain the firmness and smoothness of the skin. Moisturizers help hydrate the skin by two main mechanisms. However, different areas of the body have different hydration requirements.
When one speaks of daily sunscreen use, the first area that comes to mind is the face. This is primarily because the face is one of the most important aesthetic areas of the human body and hence a focus for prevention of premature aging and skin cancer formation. As a skin cancer surgeon, I have found the ears and lips to be areas where skin cancers often form, presumably because of the lack of attention to sun protection in these areas. These areas are also one of the more difficult places to reconstruct once the skin cancer is removed.
One of the main reasons why people do not use sunscreen is because of the way it feels or looks on the skin. Every individual’s skin is different and hence sunscreen should be carefully chosen to ensure that it is tailored for their specific needs.
Not all sunscreens are made equal. In fact, there are two main categories of sunscreens: chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Many sunscreens are a combination of both. Which is better depends on your own preference.
So sunscreen is important and should be used daily, but did you know that most people do not apply sufficient amounts of sunscreen correctly?
Daily use of sunscreen is one of the most important things that you can do to preserve the health and beauty of your skin. Sunlight contains various wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation (UV-A, UV-B) that damages the texture, firmness, and clarity of the skin, as well as induces the formation of skin cancer.