Destination I Do
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Honeymooners

Words by Jennifer Stein

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It's fair to say that renowned laser surgeon, Dr. Mark Taylor, has seen his fair share of patients with pigmentation and sun damage issues at his practice, Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center which is the world's largest laser center. With over 30 years experience, Dr. Taylor has some great insight into the prevention and treatment of sun damaged skin.

PREVENTION is key. Used properly, certain sunscreens help protect skin from some of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. But according to recent surveys, most people are confused about the proper use and effectiveness of sunscreens.

There are 2 types rays that cause sun damage:

  • UVA rays, which are not absorbed by the ozone layer, penetrate deep into the skin and heavily contribute to premature aging. Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by sun exposure according to the EPA.

  • UVB Rays which are partially absorbed by the ozone layer, mostly impact the surface of the skin and are the primary cause of sunburn. Because of the thinning of the ozone layer, the effects of UVB radiation will pose an increased threat until the layer is restored in approximately 50 years according to the EPA.
Dr. Taylor suggests:

  • Look for sunscreens that protect from UVA and UVB damage since not all sunscreens protect against both.

  • Apply sunscreen regularly. The EPA suggests about 1 oz. every 2 hours (or as directed by manufacturer) and more often if you are swimming or perspiring. A small tube containing between 3 and 5 oz. of sunscreen might only be enough for one person during a day at the beach.

  • Certain brands of sunscreen give better protection than others. However, most national brands are safe and effective if used correctly. Natural sunscreens like Zinc and Titanium have less risk of allergic or photochemical reactions than chemical sunscreens and tend to cause fewer problems with acne, but have the disadvantage of making the skin whiter after application.

  • Some people won't apply sunscreen often enough because of concern with getting enough Vitamin D. But very few people are compulsive enough with their sunscreen to cause Vitamin D deficiency. Most people get enough incidental sun exposure to take care of Vitamin D needs.

  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to sun exposure to allow it to fully absorb into skin.
Taking these steps will help protect against sun damage. But most of us already have the damage.

What's a TREATMENT option? Dr. Taylor developed a new line of products called M2 Skin Care which features natural fruit acids, Mandelic and Malic Acid to help with pigmentation whether it is caused by melasma, sun damage or acne scars. The line came about while he was prepping his patients for laser surgery. What he discovered was that the products were effective at treating pigmentation issues by themselves and sometimes his patients didn't need to proceed with laser treatments at all! The antioxidant power of Mandelic and Malic acid are highly effective in treating pigmentation and because they are naturally derived, are tolerated well by most people. The M2 line features an exfoliating cleanser, serum and moisturizer.

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Bottom line: protection and treatment of sun damage go hand in hand.

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