I’m sure you have read or heard that skin is our largest organ. It has some pretty great functions. If we take care of it properly it can look nice while it does it’s job.
Skin protects our cells from viruses and bacteria. It protects us from ultraviolet rays and converts the sun’s rays into vitamin D. Vitamin D is so important for our mental health. Not only that but some of the newer scientific articles on vitamin D also point out that vitamin D is capable of changing our DNA. No wonder peoples skin tones correlate with their ancestors relationship with the sun!
At least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body are now thought to be regulated by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health
Obviously skin is a big deal. So how do we take care of it properly. The best thing we can do to help our skin stay healthy enough to do its job is practice good sun safety. We only need 10-30 minutes of sun a day if we are Caucasian, more if your skin tone is darker. If we spend too much time in the sun our skin stops making vitamin D and begins to destroy it instead. That’s not good, it’s time to cover up!
If you aren’t committed to a certain look and are willing to layer, the safest way to protect your skin is by covering it with a physical barrier. Giving your skin real shelter from the suns harmful rays. Hello wide brimmed hats and long sleeves! If that’s not really for you there are other options available!
Sun screen provides a barrier between you and those damaging ultraviolet rays but it can come with some risks. Some Sun screens have toxic chemicals that are absorbed by your skin and enter the blood stream! WHAT?! How am I supposed to know which sunscreens are best. From the research I have done on the topic you want to find non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen. Basically what that means is the zinc molecules in the sunscreen are larger and wont penetrate the skin. You can purchase these types of sunscreens but I warn you they cost a pretty penny. If you are like me and not quiet ready to spend that much on a product you plan to wear nearly everyday then you might decide that fashion doesn’t mean as much to you as you thought and wear those long sleeves and hats. Of course you can wear regular sunscreen, only you can decide for yourself if it is worth the risk.
Another option is making sunscreen yourself. There are lots of recipes online for homemade sunscreen. I imagine when all is said and done however you will probably have spent more $$$ on the ingredients and a whole lot of your time then it would have cost to just buy a pre-made sunscreen. If I had to pick between these two options I would go with buying one. I don’t have the space in my trailer for this sort of large scale project and I don’t exactly trust my ability to make a functional sunscreen that I would enjoy wearing on my skin.
We have skin protection “covered” (pun intended) but what else can we do to take care of our skin. Regardless of our skins oily-ness we really do need to moisturize after washing. Washing your skin with soaps or acne treatments will strip your skin of its natural oils. When your skin has been stripped it will work really hard to produce extra oil, or itch and flake. Neither of those are good options. Basically every beauty blogger, and their mother will say Moisturize, Moisturize Moisturize! If you do have a tendency towards oily skin, make sure to use a light moisturizer meant for your face. Don’t just slather on body butter or hand lotion. You will clog your pores and your skin will look greasy. For dry skin you can use any facial moisturizer meant for dry skin. I personally love St. Ives. Renewing collagen & elastin Moisturizer. The 10oz tub lasts a long time and is definitely an affordable option. Plus it is great for my super dry skin. When I give my skin the TLC it deserves I use this moisturizer in the morning and at night. Bonus tip you can even use it to wash makeup off your face if for some reason you don’t have access to running water. (Reminder here, I am in an RV)
I’m not super dedicated to any one face wash. I hope that someday I will find one I love. If you are already using an affordable, paraben free face wash that you Adore go ahead and tell me about it in the comment section. I think staying away from plastics in our skin care is important. Not only does it damage our skin but it damages the planet as well. Do a Google search on micro-beads effects on the planet and you will likely never want to use another synthetic scrub again.
What if your skin already has signs of sun damage, premature aging wrinkles, sun spots, freckles. Retinol is one of the most highly recommended products to reverse skin damage. It is made from vitamin A, and reportedly increases cell turnover, as well as your production of collagen. Collagen is what will help fill in fine lines in your skin. Retinol is also said to help even out the coloring of your skin. I would like to mention at this point that I have never tried Retinol myself. Possible adverse effects include redness, irritation and dry flaky skin. I naturally have dry skin and don’t really want to use a product that will dry me out more!
Another highly reccomended treatment that I have never tried is laser therapy. I honeslty know nothing about this type of skin care so I can’t formulate an opinion on it. As always I would reccomend researching as much a possible before you try it.
The only product I personally use for skin repair (besides my moisturizer) is Vitamin C gel. Vitamin C can reduce the appearance of dark spots, which means a more even skin tone. Awesome! Vitamin C has antioxidants that help repair damage to your skin cells, it has positive effects on collagen thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Nice! Vitmain C also increases your bodies defenses against becoming damaged in the first place. Holy Smokes! Sounds too good to be true.
” As one of the most powerful antioxidants in the skin, vitamin C has been shown to protect against photoaging, ultraviolet-induced immunosuppression, and photocarcinogenesis. It also has an antiaging effect by increasing collagen synthesis, stabilizing collagen fibers, and decreasing collagen degradation. It decreases melanin formation, thereby reducing pigmentation. Vitamin C is the primary replenisher of vitamin E and works synergistically with vitamin E in the protection against oxidative damage. “
Topical Vitamin C and the Skin: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Applications
If you decide to use Retinol, laser therapy, vitamin C or some other treatment to reduce the suns effect on your skin remember that damage prevention is the most important. Before you start using one of these skin care products you need to be practicing some pretty amazing sun damage prevention. On a precautionary note both Retinol and Vitamin C increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Retinol should only be applied at night. Vitamin C can be applied in the morning OR at night as long as you are using sunblock during the day. As a personal preference, I don’t use vitamin C during the summer months. During Fall, spring and Winter I find it easier to avoid sun exposure. Not only are there less daylight hours, but I am also able to dress with thicker fabrics and I naturally spend less time outside.
“[If] you’re not protecting against the sun, then no need to look for products to treat age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation, as you’re fighting a losing battle!”–
Dr. David Lortchester
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