Goodbye Winter blues, hello Spring!!

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As we approach the end of the official winter season, thoughts of longer, warmer days and more sunshine begin to peck at our thoughts.  Spring represents the birth of another year of life in the natural world, and to many people it can represent a renewal, rejuvenation and revitalization in day to day living.  Whether it’s a spring cleaning inside the home or a weekend planting and weeding in the backyard, Spring brings about a new energy and a fresh outlook.

 

There is not a more fitting or appropriate time to do a little self-rejuvenation. Maybe winter held the wrinkle concerns at bay by covering some up, but no doubt the winter months have done their part to aid the wrinkle process – whether through less sunscreen use or putting our faces through the harsh winter elements. Now, warmer weather leads us to the opening of necklines and more time in the sun; it’s an ideal time to go over the importance and basics of sun safety.

We all know and recognize the three most important letters, S-P-F, but do we really know what they mean and how they affect us? The Sun Protection Factor is the level of protection from UVB rays that a sunscreen provides – for example, SPF 30 means the treated skin will be getting 1 minute of UVB exposure for every 30 minutes the skin is exposed to the sun. And although we are also being exposed to UVA rays, there is yet no standard of UVA measurement for skin protection. However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), using a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen will give skin greater protection against both UVB and UVA rays. These are the ultraviolet rays that not only cause sunburns, but also accelerate signs of aging and cause wrinkles, blotchy skin and sun spots. Included in the AAD recommendation is the use of a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or greater. While higher SPFs do provide higher levels of protection, that protection is actually based on a scale. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will filter out 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 will filter out 97%, SPF 50 98% and SPF 100 will filter out 99% of the UVB rays. This measurement though is hugely dependent on proper usage and reapplication – sunscreens need to be applied thickly, evenly and frequently to provide the proper protection.

So when you decide to spend the weekend in the backyard doing some gardening or kick off Spring by taking a vacation with the family to a more tropical climate, remember that your skin has been in sun hibernation and needs to be treated with care. When spending time outdoors, it is recommended by the AAD to not only wear sunscreen but to seek shade, protect your skin with clothing, wear a hat and wear sunglasses that block UV rays. Taking these measures is the preventative maintenance you need to protect your skin from long-term damage.

For those of us with already aged and damaged skin, SilcSkin’s Decollette pads for the chest are the simplest, most affordable, and fastest road to skin and wrinkle relief short of costly dermatologist treatments, injections and cosmetic surgery. The secret is the healing power of silicone. Its benefits range from the strengthening of tissue and bones to the maintenance of hair and nail health. Silicone in certain forms can even protect the body from certain infectious diseases, upper respiratory infections and tuberculosis. The SilcSkin Decollette Pads for the chest and SilcSkin Facial Pads are made of 100% medical grade silicone, have no adhesives and are reusable for up to 60 days. When worn regularly, the healing power of the silicone in the pads will strengthen and rebuild the damaged collagen in the skin and restore skin’s more youthful appearance.

So this spring clear out the clutter, get out the trowel and seeds, enjoy the warmer days outdoors and always remember the sunscreen. And while you’re at it, bring new life to your skin; soften those fine lines and wrinkles and give yourself the fresher, more youthful you, you’ve been looking for – with SilcSkin.