Hopefully everyone knows that sunscreen is the most advantageous product that you can invest in, for your skin. You have probably heard enough about it that you feel inundated with types, SPF numbers, ratings, recommendations, and advice. The bottom line for sunscreen is just put some on… some is better than none. And for most people that get an average daily dose of Vitamin D…. that will suffice. However, for those who are slightly more aggressive with their skincare or have issues like hyper-pigmentation (brown spots), that is simply not enough.
Simply put… multiply the SPF number by 10 and that is how many minutes of coverage you will get in an average situation. There is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen…. it all comes off… so re-apply if your in or near the water. Have someone else apply it… it’s more fun that way!
In addition to sunscreen there is something that is available now that will help you be more protective of your skin… even when your not thinking about it.
No, not the tablets or drinking extra OJ…… Topical…. applied directly to your skin….where you need it the most. Vitamin C belongs to an important group of antioxidants that fight the free radicals that age your skin. Studies have shown topical Vitamin C, in the most effective form (L-ascorbic acid), can help improve sun protection, repair sun-damaged skin, reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen-building, and potentially reduce discoloration of the skin. This is a prescription strength dose of pure Vitamin C that acts as a protector, much deeper in the tissue than sunscreen can reach. It is not used in place of sunscreen as it can’t shield you from the sun… but it can repair the fragile cells below the surface. It is the only topical antioxidant proven to stimulate collagen synthesis and protect your skin by minimizing future skin cell damage.
Basically strengthening the cells so that they can withstand more accidental exposure than before.
I apply this solution to nearly every patient after their skincare treatment in my office, right before I apply their sunscreen and send them out into the elements. It is very similar to taking a vitamin of any sort, in that it is giving your body more of what it needs to help you help yourself!
It comes in different strengths and you will want to start out lower and work your way up. Drier patients usually start with 10% and work their way through and then past 15% to 20%. Normal/oily skinned patients bypass the 10%, because their skin is thicker and start with 15% and on to 20%. It has quickly become one of the most used products on the celebrity scene…. It’s what was suggested for Anne Hathaway’s skincare regimen on MSN…. click photo below to connect to the story.
You need only a few drops of this serum-type liquid applied to the skin once a day. Many of my patients that come in and really have skin that is just starting to show a little damage…. they aren’t ready for a retinoid program or anything to aggressive….. these are the ones that I start on Obagi-C RX products. It’s the Bentley version of skincare for the 18-40+ year old patients… depending on previous damage levels, of course. So whether you have very little damage and need nothing but this “C”…. or you have damage that your treating already…. “C” is the antioxidant you need to meet!