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Ready for the final rays of summer, here's what you need to know

When you want to love your skin, but you also love your tan. You are thinking "sun screen save my skin" or "just lather up the baby oil" one last tan can't hurt, right? Well, bottom line, sun screen will protect your skin from sun damage, however, the saving factor can be using antioxidants within the skin to prevent the damage sun is trying to do to your skin.

Even the FDA weighs in on protecting your skin. And they caution against using unapproved sunscreens as they specifically point out FDA has not authorized the marketing of nonprescription sunscreen products in the form of wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes, or shampoos. And they warn that sunscreens from other countries do not have to carry the warning labels that we require in the USA regarding effectiveness. However, this may not be all bad. There are potentially very beneficial compounds that are in European sunscreens, including chemicals Tinosorb S, Tinosorb M, Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL—known as filtering agents that also stave off signs of aging and subtler damage caused by UVA rays, that we do not yet have FDA approval for.

Your sun and your skin story should start like this: 1. Do you have healthy skin, for that you need to have a discussion with a health care provider who understands your body and your skin, 2. Can you persevere the health you have in your skin, for that you need MORE sun defense, not just protection, 3. Can you reverse the damage and reduce your changes of skin cancer, again, back to the professional to discuss and to really understand how to not age your skin or in fact reverse again, or dechronify your skin for plain health.

The FDA has approved 21 approved filtering agents for use in sunscreens that will provide SPF and protection from UVB known to cause burns you will get from sun exposure.. Some are organic or the chemical sunscreens which absorb the UV before it strikes and others are the inorganic literally forming a physical barrier that also works by being strongly reflective. And lots of products have a bit of both. Anti oxidants that you can use when tanning, whether you use sun screen or not, can come in many different formulations,. Call Hada Cosmetic Medicine to get a consultation, and get the therapies that are adaptable to your personal lifestyle.

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