Without making a sound, your skin says a lot about you.
Across all cultures, clear, radiant skin is viewed as a reflection of health and well-being. This perceived connection between appearance and health means that your skin is one of your best—or worst—marketing tools, sending a message to every person you meet.
When skin concerns go unaddressed, your skin can become an unreliable source, providing faulty information and mixed messages to the outside world.
For instance, if your complexion appears flushed or blotchy, it could lead people to mistakenly assume that you are drinking too much alcohol. If you have visible lip lines, people may believe you are a smoker. If you have frown lines etched between your eyebrows, you could give the impression of being angry or sad, when you’re actually feeling just the opposite.
Fortunately, uncrossing the signals is easier than you may think. It all boils down to understanding your unique skin concerns and responding accordingly. The biggest mistake most people make is not addressing the most significant issues first. We call this “triaging”—prioritizing issues in order to treat the most urgent problem first. For example, if you have sensitive skin but focus on treating lines and wrinkles first, you’ll never be happy with the results. And what’s more, focusing on aging before getting redness under control will only further inflame the sensitivity you already have.
Whether your skin concerns are related to aging, sun damage, blemishes or sensitivity, by making wise daily choices, you can set the record straight and feel confident in your skin. Today and always. Rodan+Fields – The best recommended skincare without a doctors appointment.
The phenomenon known as the “paradox of sunscreen” pertains specifically to UVA light. In spite of the widespread use of sunscreen over the past 30 years, photoaging and skin cancer rates have continued to rise. If sunscreens were effectively protecting us, this would not be the case.
The reason this phenomenon exists is the false sense of security people often get from using sunscreen. While a high-SPF sunscreen might prevent a UVB-induced sunburn, it doesn’t necessarily offer the same protection when it comes to UVA rays. So, thanks to a product with an SPF 30, you might have spent three to four times longer in the sun, believing you were protected. However, if your sunscreen blocked mainly UVB light and, to a much lesser extent, UVA light, you could easily have been exposed to three to four times more UVA light. Because UVA light is present in one-hundred-fold greater amounts in the environment than UVB light, the profound damage that is associated with UVA, such as premature aging and melanoma, has been on the rise.
Fortunately, new sunscreen rules are designed to address the paradox of sunscreen with a new efficacy testing for “broad-spectrum” label claims. As of December 2012, in order for a sunscreen to claim broad-spectrum activity, it must demonstrate effective UVA protection in proportion to its SPF claim. If a sunscreen does not pass the broad-spectrum test, it is required to bear a warning that reads, “Skin cancer/skin aging alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early aging.”
Keep in mind that even with the best SPF you still need to be sun smart. That means generously reapplying sunscreen throughout the day and seeking shade as often as you can when you are outdoors.
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Ex Factors: Exposure to sun, facial expressions and other extrinsic elements of aging that account for 80 percent of your appearance and are greatly under your control.
The “nature versus nurture” debate might be one of the oldest in psychology, but when it comes to skin, no discourse is necessary.
Intrinsic, genetic “who you are”— components of aging account for just 20 percent of your skin’s visible aging changes. On the other hand, “ex factors”—or extrinsic, “what you do” elements—account for 80 percent of your appearance. Sunlight, smoking, sleep positions, stress, diet, and alcohol are all at the top of the “ex list.”
Great skin has more to do with what you do to it than with what you’ve been given. But if you’re not convinced, a study of identical twins by researchers from King’s College London provides ample evidence. Extracting DNA samples from volunteers, researchers discovered that those who vigorously exercised three hours a week were biologically nine years younger than those who exercised fewer than 15 minutes weekly. Amazingly, even 90 minutes of exercise per week reduced biological age by four years.
Because identical twins share the same genetic makeup, it was previously believed they would age in exactly the same way. However, this study demonstrated that a twin enjoying a lifestyle of regular exercise, minimal sun exposure, a healthy diet, limited alcohol consumption and no smoking aged noticeably better than her twin who made poorer lifestyle choices. The study also proved that she would not only look better but also outlive her sister.
While aging is inevitable, your choices and behaviors around “ex factors” greatly influence how you look at each birthday. Whatever your age, it’s never too soon or too late to start incorporating good habits. By creating positive change today, your skin won’t have to pay the price later.
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As much as we look forward to the holiday travel season (family, new adventures, frequent flier miles), the constant “to and fro” can leave us looking a little worse for wear. Tune in to the latest webisode of Skinpact News, “Holiday Travel Tips,” to get expert advice from Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields on keeping those miles from making a mark on your skin.