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JUNE 2011




Understanding the Effects Of Sun and Smoking On Skin

 UV Causes of Skin Damage

When the sun shines on skin, the epidermis (the outermost layer of our skin), absorbs both the short UVB rays (sun-burning rays) and the long UVA rays. Both rays generate oxygen-free radicals that destroy and mutate cells and can even cause skin cancer. The longer UVA rays go deep into the skin's dermis (our skin's second layer). These rays penetrate 30 to 40 times deeper than the UVB rays. Oxygen free radicals are like bombs that destroy and/or mutate anything in their way, including collagen, elastin, protoglycan and even DNA. Over time, it is believed that these changes result in the breakdown of connective tissue. Visible signs of this connective tissue destruction include fine lines and wrinkles, solar lentigines (brown spots), actinic keratoses (encrusted dark raised areas) and skin cancers.

Other Causes of Skin Damage

Environmental elements including diet, stress, pollution and cigarette smoking all contribute to the generation of free radicals. Smoking has an even greater effect on premature wrinkling than extensive sun exposure. Smoking depletes L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and these low levels greatly affect the surface of our skin.

How Antioxidants Protect the Skin

Vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid are all examples of antioxidants that act as free radical scavengers. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a major antioxidant in the water-soluble level of our skin tissues. It neutralizes the free radicals that are destructive to the skin. By applying L-ascorbic acid in pharmacological levels directly to the skin, we can help prevent damage from sunlight, smoking and pollution. When we are over exposed to sunlight, studies show that in one-third of humans, the immune system is compromised. Topical vitamin C prevents UV immunosuppression. Vitamin C is the only antioxidant to stimulate and increase collagen synthesis, cross-linking collagen molecules to strengthen skin tissue and reduce inflammation. Strong collagen means fewer lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin E is important within our skin structure as it protects the lipid (fat soluble) parts of cells, including cell membranes, from free radicals.  Vitamin E and Vitamin C work together to protect the whole cell from damage.

Ferulic acid is found in the seeds and leaves of most plants. It has both hydrophilic and lipophilic properties (so it works on the whole cell), is metabolized easily, is anti-inflammatory and has the ability to absorb UV damaging light. This allows it to act like a sunscreen and it protects the skin by neutralizing free radicals.

Vitamins C, E and ferulic acid have a synergistic effect when combined in the proper strengths. Combined with the right SPF, it provide 99% protection against all damaging factors. It's considered unstoppable protection when used as recommended.

Products That Meet All the Above Criteria

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are award-winning antioxidant skin treatments. Paired along with Skinceuticals Sheer Physical 50 Sunscreen (with or without tint), your skin will have the most comprehensive protection available.




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Botox ($12/unit) and Fillers with Dr. Larhs of MedAesthetics.

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Another Skinceuticals Award...

We are so excited that (578,237 unique views per month) has included SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 in “5 Facial Sunscreens to Get You Through the Summer.” The editor writes, “This protects with physical blockers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, but also contains artemia salina, a plankton extract, that boosts skin's defenses against UV and heat stress. I like it because it's slightly tinted, which is nice in place of wearing makeup while lounging on the beach.”



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