How to stop damage to your skin from the sun — and from sunscreens

Volume 6    |    Issue 53

In the heat of the summer, you have to do all you can to protect your skin from the sun. While sunscreens can help with this, they have their share of problems. Several studies indicate that sunscreens actually increase your risk of melanoma. Unfortunately, most of us still have to use sunscreen or we'll burn. That means you have to protect your skin from the sunscreen as well. Fortunately, a new cream can help you avoid sunburn and other damage to your skin.

As you may know, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It's great for protecting your body against free radicals in your body. But it's also very effective at protecting your skin.

You can take oral vitamin C and get some protection in your skin. The problem is that once your blood plasma levels of vitamin C are saturated, the levels in your skin stop increasing. So you can get only so much vitamin C in your skin by taking it orally. That makes using a topical cream the obvious choice. But even this has its problems.

First, your skin has an outer layer called the stratum corneum. This is a flattened layer of skin that has 15-20 layers of cells that are essentially dead. While getting the vitamin C through these layers can be tough, the vitamin will make it through. You can help it along by exfoliating your skin before applying vitamin C topically.

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As you might imagine, I'm a typical guy who doesn't really think much about caring for my skin. The thought of applying a skin cream kinda grosses me out. And the thought of exfoliating ... well, I'm not a big fan. Still, I know it's good to protect your skin. So I need something easy and something that works really well.

My friend and colleague, Dr. Janet Zand, who is amazing with skin care products, told me to try her new Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum. When I heard "serum," I was thinking makeup and rejected the idea. But she persisted and I relented, but not until she sent me a study showing just how great vitamin C is at protecting your skin against the sun.

In this study, researchers exposed hairless albino mice to ultraviolet radiation. These mice are particularly sensitive to UV light and develop visible skin changes, wrinkles, and tumors quite easily. When the researchers gave the mice topical applications of vitamin C prior to each UVB radiation exposure, it significantly reduced the severity of skin damage. What's more, it was even more effective when combined with green tea, rosehip oil, pomegranate, and gotu kola. Coupled with these nutrients, the vitamin C was able to provide much greater protection than oral supplementation.

Another study showed that direct administration of vitamin C to the skin reduces the number of sunburned cells and reduces DNA damage caused by UVA exposure.

However, there's another problem. Vitamin C is notoriously unstable. As soon as it comes into contact with the air, it quickly begins to degrade. To overcome this, many skin care companies will use synthetic molecules to make it more stable. And these synthetics have their own share of problems. Fortunately, there's an easy way to avoid the degradation. All you have to do is buy your vitamin C serum in a pump. The pump minimizes the serum's exposure to the air. And it's so much easier to use.

So if you're looking for a way to protect your skin against the sun and even the sunscreen you use to avoid sunburns, try the Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum. It has a lot of other great nutrients in it that are great for your skin. And it can help fight damage caused by the sun.

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