Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. Normally you think of protection from ultraviolet skin aging as something that must take place from outside your body, by blocking out solar radiation. But new research reveals that internal factors are just as critical for optimal skin protection.
Protect, Repair and Prevent- 3 Bright Things To Remember
CLOTHING WITH SPF
Clothing is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and protects us by absorbing or blocking much of this radiation. The more skin you cover, the better. UPF is a rating generally used for clothing and other fabrics that protect you from the sun. It measures the amount of UVA and UVB radiation that penetrates the fabric and reaches the skin. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin.
Sunscreens protect against skin cancer by deflecting or absorbing UV radiation, keeping it from reaching the skin and causing DNA damage. In order to get the most benefit and protection from UV radiation, it is essential to apply a sufficient amount of sunscreen. Most people simply apply too little. But applying enough sunscreen is just part of the equation, since only broad-spectrum (UVA- and UVB-filtering), high-SPF sunscreens can prevent or significantly reduce UV-induced skin damage. New FDA labeling regulations, which permit manufacturers to use the term “broad-spectrum” only on products containing sufficient UVA and UVB protection, should help consumers find appropriate sunscreens.
All of our H&H Science Sunscreens contain broad spectrum coverage and an SPF factor of 30 or higher. In addition to this, they include medical grade antioxidants to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
DNA REPAIR ENZYMES
Our skin cells have built-in protective mechanisms that use DNA repair enzymes, which are molecules that prompt chemical changes, to repair UV damage. Scientists can now encapsulate such enzymes so they can be topically applied, allowing them to penetrate the skin and supplement its natural protective abilities. Research has suggested that topically applied DNA repair enzymes can reverse free radical damage caused by UV exposure and decrease the number of gene errors (mutations) that can lead to cancers. Although these enzymes are not FDA approved for the prevention of skin cancer, evidence suggests they can prevent precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses. Our H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer is ideal for dry skin types and contains DNA repair enzymes from plant stem cells as well as other potent antioxidants and humectants. For more combination skin types, our H&H Science Cell Repair Therapy is ideal. These moisturizers can be used twice daily. In the evening after your application of your H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum and in the morning after your application of the H&H Science C-Bright Serum or H&H Science Dermal Restructuring Therapy.
Retinol has always been the gold standard for anti-aging and continues to demonstrate through clinical research to smooth the surface of the skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots. Retinols, which are vitamin A derivatives, may also prevent skin cancer in people particularly vulnerable to skin cancers. Studies and research have suggested that topical daily application of retinol used in conjunction with topical DNA repair enzymes may help treat actinic keratosis and prevent basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.
Start experiencing the dual benefits of retinol and DNA repair enzymes by using our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum Treatment in conjunction with either our H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer or H&H Science Cell Repair Therapy.
Unleash your skin’s internal defense. For centuries, natives of Honduras have protected themselves against sunburn, tumors, psoriasis and other skin disorders by ingesting a fern extract known as Polypodium leucotomos. Polypodium leucotomos is a tropical fern plant with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that scavenges free radicals, protects DNA, and provides significant protection against other UV dangers. Polypodium leucotomos, when taken orally, works as a skin protector at a deep cellular level. An initial report on its effects was published in Nature more than 40 years ago and since then clinical trials have demonstrated that the antioxidant-rich extract bolsters the skin’s defenses against damaging UV rays. Try our H&H Science Daily Defense Vitamins. Our vitamins contain the appropriate daily dose of polypodium leucotomos suggested to protect against UV damage and exposure.
Now, there are many bright ways you can protect your skin from the sun. Wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher and sun protective clothing is not the only thing that can be done now to prevent skin cancer. Studies have now suggested that repairing cellular damage from prior sun exposure can be achieved by applying creams and serums with medical grade doses of retinol and cell repair enzymes. Additional studies have also suggested that preventing further damage can also be achieved by taking oral supplements containing the herbal extract polypodium leucotomos.
It is so exciting to see how far we have come in the skin care industry. Raising awareness to the prevention and detection of skin cancer is key to early detection and maintaining healthy skin!