Why Sunscreen Won’t Cut It For Skin Protection

Why Sunscreen Won’t Cut It For Skin Protection

Why Sunscreen Won’t Cut It For Skin Protection In Nashville

Have you ever considered protecting your skin from more than just the sun? You wouldn’t be alone in wondering what else is out there requiring you to protect yourself - according to a recent survey, 67% of 2000 Americans polled do not seek skin protection against environmental stressors that do damage - such as pollution, traffic and car exhaust, factories and power plants and secondhand smoke. Do you do the same in Nashville?

Despite understanding the risk of exposure to these chemicals, most Americans (I know some in Nashville) do not seek out protection against them. “The data indicates a serious rift between general awareness of the damage that pollution can cause to your skin and the understanding that you can shield your skin from harm with certain products,” Joy Chen, CEO of H2O+ Beauty, stated in the survey release.

This release also comes on the heels of the American Lung Association’s report that nearly half of the people in the United States live in counties with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution. Some food for thought: air pollution particles are 20 times smaller than skin pores - think about how easy that is to penetrate your skin barrier! 

The survey also found that 68% of respondents indicated that they were more likely to purchase a product for sun protection, and that men considered skin protection less of a priority. It’s important to remember that while the sun does do the most damage to your skin, exposing yourself to environmental stressors contribute significantly as well. 

My top recommendation is to use a zinc moisturizer with antioxidants. As I often tell my Nashville patients, zinc helps protect against skin cancer and aging (the sun ages us more than anything else!), but you need to take it one step further by seeking out these ingredients in your skincare products, if you are able to invest the time and money, doing the very best for your skin. A common antioxidant in such products is Vitamin C - however, it is important to know that oral Vitamin C does not have the same effect on the skin as topicals, since the oral form does not make it back to the skin in any significant concentration.

Here are my favorite products that contain antioxidants and should be applied in the morning to protect against airborne pollution:

Glotherapeutics Solar Shade 50 - Sensitive contains a high concentration of zinc and Vitamin C and Vitamin E antioxidants 

La Roche Redermic C Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizing Filler contains Vitamin C (one of the best antioxidants around!) 

Antioxidant Cocktail is a mix of potent antioxidants, including Vitamin C

Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm can be used for the eyelids 

Vitamin Rich Repair contains antioxidants and stimulates collagen production

If your skin has incurred damage that took place during the day, try using these the Likewise Age-Defying Wrinkle Smoother (at night) or the Likewise Youthful Eye Complex (morning or night).

Want to chat about the best regimen for you to protect your skin from both sunshine and environmental factors? Book an appointment with our dermatologists at any of our Skin Solutions Dermatology branches in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski. Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: Healio Dermatology 

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD