Vitamin D has long been associated with good bone and teeth health. Recently, Vitamin D and its myriad of health benefits have become common knowledge. These benefits include regulating the immune system, reducing hypertension, metabolic health, stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin, muscular health, respiratory health, easing sleep difficulties and enhancing mood. The list goes on. Vitamin D is found in most organs receptors and estimated to be involved with up to 2000 genes.
Sadly, most people living in the northeast are Vitamin D deficient. Supplementing is one way to make sure your Vitamin D levels are sufficient, but another way is to get 15 minutes of sun on your skin daily. Regular sun exposure stimulates your skin to produce Vitamin D.
Paradoxically, while Vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth, excessive sun exposure actually causes skin cancer. While getting a small amount of sun exposure is important, it is also very important to protect your skin.
Strategically placed just before the beginning of summer, May 27th is National Sunscreen Day, or Don't Fry Day as it is also called. This holiday was created to bring more awareness to the importance of sunscreen and how to most effectively utilize it.
According to PCA Skincare, the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a significant detail to consider. An SPF of 30 means it will keep your skin from burning 30 times longer than using nothing. It still allows 3% of UVB rays to be absorbed by the skin. An SPF of 50 allows you to be out in the sun 50 times longer without burning than not using anything. 50 SPF allows 2% of UVB rays to be absorbed by the skin which means it is almost 50% more effective than 30 SPF. The effectiveness of a sunscreen does not just rely on the SPF. How you use it is just as essential. To get the maximum benefits of a sunscreen, it must be reapplied every two hours and after swimming or sweating. Make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum. That means it protects from both UVB rays which lead to sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer and also UVA rays which cause premature aging and wrinkles.
Were you aware of the difference between a chemical sunscreen and sunblock? Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin which then absorb the UV rays and convert them into heat which is released from the body. Sunblocks are sunscreens that sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun's rays. The active ingredients include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Physical sunblock is better for sensitive skin as they are less irritating and more moisturizing.
As part of our mission, Body Mind Spirit looks for beauty product lines that we can feel good recommending to our clients. Included in the PCA skincare line are wonderful sunscreen products. In an article in July 2019 titled “WHO WHAT WEAR” PCA was cited as one of the only 9 sunscreens brands dermatologists recommend for sensitive skin. "PCA Skin's Sheer Tint formula is a great choice because it’s a mineral formula with the addition of antioxidant protection . . . and it doesn't leave behind a white or ashy cast.” Other choices of PCA sunscreen include Hydration Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (awarded The Skin Cancer Foundation seal of recommendation for daily use,) Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 and Daily Defense SPF 50+. If you have any questions about which sunscreen is best for your skin type, please feel free to email our aestheticians, Meghan at Meghan@spagroton.com or Madison at Madison@spagroton.com. They will be happy to guide you.
Not only does PCA deliver superior quality products but the company is also innovative. PCA changed their sunscreen formulations to be in compliance with the Hawaii Act 104 one year earlier than required. The Hawaii Act 104 is the first law of its kind anywhere and bans the use of certain ingredients in sunscreens which have been proved to be harmful to the health of coral reefs, helping to preserve the fragile marine ecosystem.
One final tip. It is recommended to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside in order for it to be immediately effective. Why not balance the daily sunscreen protection you need with the 15 minutes on your skin for Vitamin D production and apply it 15 minutes before you leave the house? Clothing and hats are always an additional layer of protection.