It’s been ingrained upon us over the years about the negative effects the sun has on our skin relative to cancers of the skin, the three most common being Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. None of which should be diminished; however, today I want to discuss the negative effects the sun has on our skin relative to premature aging.

Much of the damage that we may experience today was done long ago, in the days we thought it was a good idea to sunbathe slathered in baby oil (really now, who ever came up with that concept???) Even unknowingly we as small children were subjecting ourselves to relentless harmful Ultraviolet rays because, although I know my mother truly loved and cared for me, they just didn’t have today’s information and technology on sunscreen and skin protection products back then. Parents and caretakers did the best they could, with the products which were available on a much more limited market. On the brightest of summer days in the middle of July, I recall a time or two wherein my best intended protection and advice from mom was, “Wear your white t-shirt if you’re going to be swimming in the pool!” Ouch!

Today, we can spend all kinds of money to minimize and reverse the damage the sun has done to our skin over time. It is important though to understand the difference between UV light.

UVA rays affect the skin at a deeper level than UVB rays, reaching through the epidermis and the dermis to the hypodermis where connective tissues and blood vessels are located. UVA activates the melanin of the epidermis causing changes in pigmentation as well as loss of elasticity of the skin, which contributes to premature aging of the skin, particularly wrinkling, sagging and dark sun-spotting.

UVB rays predominantly affect the epidermis causing sunburns, blistering and redness of the skin. The melanin of the epidermis is activated with UVB just as UVA, but the effects last longer, with pigmentation continuing in excess of 24 hours.

I am thrilled to be able to carry several lines of skin care products which address both UV protection and skin renewal.

First is a local based, organic company by the name of CosMedix. using this product line, CosMedix restoration should always start with a hydrator (Hydrate + which is a light, daily antioxidant moisturizer which also protects the skin with an SPF 17) and be followed by, I suggest, Serious Protection with SPF 28 Sunscreen. Serious Protection’s guard extends to deeper skin layers vulnerable to photoaging. Containing a non-irritating, chemical-free, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide formula, this broad spectrum solution effectively shields against both UVA and UVB light to keep skin naturally safe, unlike most conventional sunscreens which only protect against surface, sun-burning UVB light. From prevention and correction to “whole”istic nutrition, CosMedix is committed to the health and well being of its patrons. I am pleased to align Kai Med Spa with a company whose philosophy is so closely in-line with ours.

Next, there is a line we are obtaining fabulous results with and it’s called SkinCeuticals. An elegant cosmetic and moisturizing sunscreen, Daily Sun Defense SPF20, is ideal for all skin types and can be applied under make-up. From their Protect line, it should be incorporated into your daily morning regimen as this is a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects against the damaging effects of both UVA and UVB rays.

We invite you to visit us at Kai Med Spa and allow one of our skin care professionals to introduce you to either or both these wonderful product lines which are producing exciting results for both our clients and our team who are currently using these products in their daily skin care routines.

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