Posts for tag: Anti-Aging
We’ve discussed the various factors that cause our skin to show signs of aging, so it only seems natural to talk about anti-aging sun protection since regular and prolonged sun exposure is the number one factor. It is widely agreed on between dermatologists that 90% of visible signs of aging are caused by the sun’s intense UV rays. In as little as fifteen minutes outside without protection, your skin can be burned and damaged by the sun. Fortunately, anti-aging sun protection practices are simple!
First, let’s break down the difference between UVA and UVB rays and how we can prevent them from harming our body’s protective layer. UVA rays are what cause your skin to tan and in turn develop sun spots, wrinkles, and a leathery texture. UVB rays are what cause your skin to burn and in turn, increase your risk of developing skin cancer. As you can see, both types of rays are harmful, and for this reason, it is vital that you use a sunscreen that is broad spectrum. The American Association of Dermatology recommends that you use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. If you have very fair or sensitive skin, you should opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 50. Anything higher than that doesn’t make much of a difference. The most effective way to reduce premature signs of aging is to protect your skin against those UVA and UVB sun rays.
At Parker Dentistry, we love MD SolarSciences and ColorScience sun protection products. Both brands make several high-quality, mineral-based sunscreens, anti-aging serums, concealers, bronzers, blushes, and moisturizers with at least SPF 30. Ask Honi or Ivonne to fill you in on our favorite anti-aging sun protection products.
Important anti-aging sun protection practices
Limit sun exposure between 10 AM and 2 PM
ALWAYS wear sunscreen, moisturizers, and cosmetic products with SPF 30 or higher
Don’t forget to protect your lips
Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating
Invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses
Wear a sun shirt, hat, and seek shade when spending time outdoors
Be careful when taking medications that increase sun sensitivity
Drink plenty of water
Your skin is often a good indicator of your overall health. It is your biggest organ and the one that noticeably changes with age and due to environmental influences. Everyday we are exposed to free radicals from the sun, stress, air pollution, and other toxins. Through diet, hydration, sleep, exercise, and proper skin protection and care, we have the power to slow down the visible aging process. There is no fountain of youth, however there are ways to age gracefully, which should be the real goal.
The HydraFacial MD, which Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness offers in the office, has a very fountain of youth-esqueness to it though! Regular HydraFacial MD treatments are capable of improving overall skin health, while also remedying fine line, wrinkles, elasticity, firmness, skin tone evenness, vibrancy, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, photo damage, congested skin, enlarged pores, and advanced signs of aging.
What is HydraFacial MD?
“HydraFacial MD is an invigorating treatment that can be given in as little as 30 minutes. It delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The Hydra Facial MD treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, and immediately effective.”
Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness prides itself on providing you with the best information, care, and skincare products to compliment your smile. “A smile makes a face, a face makes a smile.” We want you to feel radiant, confident, and happy with the face that you put forward to the world. If you are interested in the HydraFacial MD and or any other of our skin care and cosmetics products, Ivonne or Honi will be more than happy to share all that we have to offer you.
“It is scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.” –Cocktail Napkin
Aging is a part of life. How you age though is more in your control than you might think. To wrap up this mini series about sun protection and anti-aging, we thought it would be best to share with you all of the wonderful products that Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness has to offer you. Our motto is, “a smile make a face, a face makes a smile.” We want to help you take care of not only your mouth, but also your skin. The combination of a healthy smile and healthy skin will significantly aid in a graceful and beautiful aging process.
Our daily skincare routine should be easy and effective! With the right products, it can be.
We carry a great collection of MD SolarSciences’ sunscreens. These sunscreens are suitable for all types of skin, even sensitive and acne/Rosacea prone skin. This is one of our favorite sun protection products! It is naturally derived, mineral-based, paraben free, gluten free, cruelty free, and the tinted ones even double as a perfect primer. They are even chalked full of antioxidants like vitamin C, green tea, and cranberry and pomegranate extracts. They go on like velvet and instantly start protecting you again the harmful rays of the sun. These sunscreens are even water resistant for up to 80 minutes. This is a product that should be part of your everyday skincare routine!
We also carry a wide variety of ColorScience products in our office. This product line has an array of high quality, mineral-based items to help you look your best while protecting your skin. Their philosophy is simply, “to create flawless makeup that doesn’t make you compromise health for lasting beauty.” Their lip shine, face primer, mineral sunscreen brush, pressed foundation, and mineral illuminator (and pretty much everything else that they make) all contain at least an SPF of 20. They even contain antioxidants to help fight against free radicals and premature skin aging. Who knew you could obtain such a flawless look while also protecting your skin from the sun and the test of time?
Ivonne or Honi can share with you a wealth of information regarding the products that we carry in the office to help protect your skin against the sun and reverse the signs of aging. We can help you put together the perfect skincare routine for your specific skin type and needs. All you have to do is ask!
First and foremost, everyone should be wearing sunscreen everyday! Whether you are watching the day go by on the beach or simply walking across the parking lot to your car, the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun are upon you. Skin cancer and skin damage are the result of a culmination of sun exposure. One of the simplest routines you can get yourself into involves protecting your skin against the elements. Now, so many of our daily moisturizers, foundations, powders, and lipsticks contain an SPF of at least 15. Even men’s products are evolving to contain some level of sun protection. There is no excuse!
As with a lot of things in our “too many choices” society, it is wise to educate yourself on the best options for sun protection. Is it better to go mineral based or chemical based when choosing a sunscreen? On a side note, while “chemical based sunscreen” is a label widely used in the industry, it should be noted that all matter is made of chemicals and this classification doesn’t allude to the idea that chemicals are necessarily bad. What is the difference between the two types? What are the pros and cons?
Mineral-Based Sun Protection (What it is, Pros, and Cons)
Mineral based sun protection products have the active ingredient of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (or sometimes both). Mineral sunscreens shield and repel the harmful UV rays of the sun from the skin. Because they create a barrier verses being absorbed into the skin (unless in nanoparticle form), this is a great option for people with sensitive skin.
Pros of Mineral-Based Sun Protection (often referred to as physical sunscreen)
- Protects again UVA and UVB rays
- Offers immediate protection once it is applied
- Last longer on skin (unless doing physical activities where you sweat a lot)
- Better for sensitive or acne prone skin
- Doesn’t cause free radicals
Cons of Mineral-Based Sun Protection
- Typically rubs or rinses off easier; more frequent applications are usually needed when engaging in physical activities where sweat and or water is involved
- Until recently, most mineral based sunscreens left behind a white cast on the skin, making it visible on medium to darker colored skin
- Titanium dioxide doesn’t protect against the full spectrum of UVA rays
- Thicker and might be harder to apply to larger areas of the body
- Oftentimes, more expensive
Chemical-Based Sun Protection (What it is, Pros, and Cons)
Chemical-based sun protection products contain carbon-based compounds like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octylcrylene, hemosalate, heliplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL, Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T150, Uvinual A plus, and avobenzone. This type of sun protection works by absorbing the UV rays and converting them into heat, which is then released from the skin.
Pros of Chemical-Based Sun Protection (often referred to as organic sunscreen)
- Less is needed in order to provide adequate sun protection
- Oftentimes more cost effective option
- Typically thinner than mineral sunscreen, so it goes on easier
- Often filters more UVA and UVB rays, but this is dependent on the specific sunscreen
Cons of Chemical-Based Sun Protection
- Must wait 20 minutes after applying to the skin for it to be fully effective
- Some chemicals can generate free radicals
- Several UV filters have not been approved by the FDA in the United States
- Can irritate skin and eyes
- Can cause and increase the appearance of brown spots
As the ozone layer is becoming thinner, skin cancer is becoming more prevalent, and the quest for the fountain of youth is becoming more incessant, sunscreen and sun protection products are also evolving. There is an abundance of information and scientific documentation pleading the case for both types of sunscreen. What is most important, right now, is that you are using some sort of protection. Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness carries a great line of mineral based products and anti-aging solutions. Next week, we will share with you some of the wonderful options available for your skin that you can pick up at your next visit.
Example of a Sun Protection Regiment: As a surfer and unintentional sun worshipper, it is vital that I am protected at all times! On a daily basis, I use the MDSolar Sciences 30 SPF tinted mineral-based sunscreen on my face, neck, chest, and hands. This doubles as my foundation and creates an even and flawless look, as well. When I am surfing or in the ocean, I use a combination of mineral and chemical-based sunscreens. Typically on the bigger areas of my body (back, arms, and legs) I use SunBum 70SPF. I use the MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 on my face, neck, and chest and SunBum SPF 50 zinc oxide on my lips and nose for added protection. I always have a Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen brush in my purse and car for when I am on the go and need a quick sunscreen and makeup refresh.
What’s your daily sun protection routine?
Thanks for sharing a smile with us this week!
We didn’t want to bombard you with too much information about tea all at once. It’s better to take it one sip at a time. So, in order to wrap up this week, we will finish talking about oolong and black tea, discuss some other benefits of drinking tea in general, and provide a few reputable tea sources to get you started.
Oolong Tea: The oolong leaf contains both caffeine and catechin, which combined with high levels of antioxidants are great at fighting free radicals. The taste is between a green tea and a black tea, and it comes in a variety of flavors. This tea, like white and green tea, provides a long list of health benefits when it is consumed regularly.
- Increases metabolism
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Increases mental alertness
- Strengthens immune system
- Help improve the quality of hair and skin
- Helps prevent tooth decay and plague build-up caused by harmful acids produced by mouth bacteria
- Helps prevent osteoporosis (contains magnesium and calcium)
Black Tea: Black tea is chalked full of curative qualities. It is rich in the potent antioxidants thearubigens and theaflavins. When consumed regularly and over a long period of time, black tea can do wonders for your internal and external health. Foods and beverages that are rich in antioxidants are beneficial because they help disable free radicals, which can lead to cardiovascular issues, inflammation, and chronic diseases, like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes.
Black tea can also provide relief from asthma and digestive problems. It can also help you manage your stress levels. Black tea can help bring your cortisol (stress hormone) levels back to normal more quickly, and in turn can help you rebalance and find relief from stress faster. This wonder tea can even aid in increasing bone density. Also, like green and oolong tea, it can help protect against dental plague, cavities, and decay.
The antioxidants in black tea have the power to help reverse the visible signs of aging. Due to time, stress, sun exposure, and unhealthy diet and habits, our skin has a tendency to prematurely age. The powerful antioxidants in black tea can help restore skin elasticity, soften wrinkles, and bring that radiant glow back to your skin.
Who knew that a little plant called Camellia sinensis, which is where all true tea comes from, could have such extraordinary effects on our health. Incorporating tea into your daily diet is something that is easy, affordable, and delicious. By sipping a few cups of tea daily, you might be surprised how gracious your body will be and how positivitely it will react.
There is also something soothing about wrapping your hands around a warm mug, inhaling the fragrant notes, and sipping to your health. It is important to set aside a little time throughout the day to yourself in order to recollect, rebalance, and recharge. Drinking a cup of tea could be that short, but vital time we all need throughout our busy lives. There is a type of tea for everyone.
Here is a list of some incredible tea companies:
- Mighty Tea Leaf Teas
- Tazo Tea
- Yogi Tea
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Numi Tea
- The Republic of Tea
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week. We hope that you enjoy your tea!