As summer heat comes into full swing, there will be many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. But as you’re packing for that upcoming beach trip or hike up the mountains, one thing you should not forget to bring with you is protection from the sun!
I did some research and found a bunch of interesting facts about the skin.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
- Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma (the 1st and 2nd most common forms of skin cancer, respectively) at least once.
- About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 52 minutes).
- The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. One study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.
Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen
You should not necessarily be afraid to go outside, you just need to be prepared whenever you do plan to be out under the sun. I’m actually deficient in vitamin D, which you get from natural sunlight! A product that I’ve been using is the Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen from DermaUtopia. It is a medical grade sunscreen that offers broad spectrum SPF 40 protection, and water resistant with micronized zinc oxide. I’m pretty sensitive to other sunscreens but I’ve been able to use this particular sunscreen from DermaUtopia without any issues or irritation!
One thing to note about the DermaUtopia Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen (and other skin care products): while other sunscreens can still allow you to burn your skin, DermaUtopia products are safe for all problem and sensitive skin including eczema, psoriasis, etc. All products are 100% organic, free of parabens and toxins.
Blueberry & Coffee Bean Exfoliating Cleanser
I’ve been a runner for the past 15 years or so, including high school cross country and track. But I’ve had acne well before that, probably back around middle school. Running in the hot and humid LA weather probably made me break out more often than I would have liked. Since then, I’ve tried many different over the counter acne products with little to no success. But I’ve seen pretty quick results from the line of acne products from DermaUtopia. The first is the Blueberry and Coffee Bean Exfoliating Cleanser. This acne product has a natural, organic (fruity) scent but is professional grade and allows you to scrub away dead skin from the surface for noticeably smoother skin each and every time. I’ve used the St. Ives Apricot Scrub before and found that product is a little too rough on the skin and causes unwanted irritation.
The acne product that has made the biggest difference for my skin is definitely the DermaUtopia Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Wash. This product is medical grade so it is much more effective than any over the counter medication you’ll find at the drug store. You can also use it for spot treatment for new acne breakouts. Similar to the exfoliating cleanser, the Benzoyl Peroxide wash is safe on my skin but works really well due to the medical grade ingredients. Combining the exfoliating cleanser with the wash has provided amazing results for my acne in a very short time.
Restorative Marine Moisturizer
The other DermaUtopia skin care product I’ve tried is the Restorative Marine Moisturizer. Another professional grade product within their skin care line, it’s a great way to treat irritated or dehydrated skin. My face is usually pretty oily, but there are times where certain parts of face are dry. Vitamins A, E, & C are also added to act as anti-oxidants to fight free radicals that cause damage to the skin.
The sun can cause a lot of harm to your sensitive skin if exposed long and hard enough. But it doesn’t mean you should live the life of a hermit and stay indoors all the time. As long as you take preventative measures, use the right skin care products like line from DermaUtopia and you should be safe to enjoy the outdoors under the sun!