Six Tips for Healthy Skin

Love the sun… and your skin.

When acac‘s Medical Director, Dr. Greg Degnan is asked by his patients for recommendations on which sunscreen to use, he refers to a list featured recently on a network morning show. Dr. Degnan stresses that everyone needs to protect their skin from sun exposure, even if they have dark pigmentation or a ‘base tan.’ Neal Schultz, MD says “Your sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30, provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to guard against cancer-causing and premature aging rays and apply and spread easily—leaving your skin dry, not tacky, like you don’t even know it’s there.”

The five top-rated sunscreens from Consumer Reports include: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk ($27), Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50 ($12), Pure Sun Defense Disney Frozen Lotion SPF 50 ($6), Coppertone WaterBabies Lotion SPF 50 ($12), and Equate Ultra Protection Lotion SPF 50 ($10). For a full list of sunscreens dermatologists actually use and recommend themselves, visit today.com or download our handout to take with you on your next shopping trip! Dr. Degnan also recommends these six tips for protecting and prioritizing skin health:

  1. Slather on SPF 30 or higher when exposed to the sun. Don’t skimp on the amount and reapply frequently, particularly when involved in water sports.
  2. Eat anti-inflammatory foods that fight skin aging. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, and fish that is high in omega 3 fatty acids can all help delay the effects of aging on your skin.
  3. The breakdown of sugars produces by-products that damage the collagen that keeps the skin smooth and firm. Avoid processed grains and sugars and stick to low glycemic carbs like whole grains which limit these bad by-products.
  4. Resistance training produces fuller muscles and creates tighter, healthier looking skin as we age.
  5. Research suggests that green and black tea contain protective compounds that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.
  6. Avoid tanning beds! Indoor tanning increases your risk of melanoma by as much as 60%.

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For more information on skin health, visit the American Academy of Dermatology or watch the video below to learn about free radicals and antioxidants!