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The Importance of Sunscreen

The sun has been making more frequent appearances and northwesterners are shedding their parkas for short sleeves and sandals. But while we attempt to soak up every minute of sunshine over the next few months, it's important to remember just how damaging it can be to your skin. This doesn't mean you have to spend summer in the shade; wearing an effective sunscreen can help you take the proper precautions against the sun's harmful rays.

There are a couple of ingredients you should look for when purchasing sunscreen. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide block against both UVA and UVB radiation, by acting like small mirrors on the skin. The FDA now requires that all sunscreens are broad spectrum (blocking both UVA and UVB) and these two ingredients do just that. But, it takes more than these two ingredients to fully protect your skin from cancer-causing sunrays. Chemical agents within sunscreen take radiation and turn it in to heat before it can damage your cells.

So, you pick up a bottle of sunscreen, see that it contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as well as chemical agents to protect your skin, and you're all set, right? Unfortunately, there's another way the sun's rays can cause harm. Oxygen free radicals are the byproducts of the effects of UV radiation that do make it to the skin cells. Think of these like smoke from a house fire; while the flames are the initial cause for concern, the smoke can cause a terrible amount of damage if not taken care of. Oxygen free radicals can cause significant damage to cells, damaging DNA and causing mutations that can eventually lead to skin cancer.

What is a sun lover to do? The easiest way to protect your skin is to use a sunscreen that fights every damaging aspect of UVA and UVB rays. One that has the physical agents to reflect the majority of UV radiation, a chemical agent to convert any UV rays to heat, and antioxidants to clean up and oxygen free radicals. Dr. Justin Piasecki has developed a daily moisturizer that contains all of these ingredients. Utilizing his knowledge and expertise in chemistry and biology, he's created a sunscreen specifically designed for the area on your body that receives the most sun exposure, the face.

Protect your skin from the sun this summer and all year long with a moisturizer designed by a skin care expert. To learn more about Dr. Piasecki and his line of products, visit