May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Retinyl Palmitate an exciting new option for additional sun protection. 

Spring has sprung and many of us are already experiencing some warmer weather. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great opportunity to remember the importance of sun protection throughout the year. Wearing sunscreen and an antioxidant, covering up with a hate or seeking shade are some excellent strategies to protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays. 

It is clear that sun exposure is a major contributor to developing skin cancer. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation website, "About 90 percent of non melanoma skin cancers are 65 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun," says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. "Everyone, regardless of skin colour, should make staying safe in the sun a priority and incorporate sun protection measures into their daily life."

What if a person is only outside for a few minutes ad ay? The American Cancer Society states that, "brief sun exposure all year round can add up to major damage for people with fair skin. And Some of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can even pass through windows, so driving or even sitting by a window during peak sun hours, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., can expose your skin to damaging UV rays if the sun is shining directly on you." The American Cancer Society goes on to include that, "When aded up, everyday exposures are linked to squamous cell skin cancer. Although not as dangerous as melanoma, squamous cell skin cancer is far more common and the number of cases has been going up every year." Therefore, even if you're only outdoors briefly each day, it is still imperative to make sun protection a part of your daily skincare regimen to maintain the health of your skin. 

There are many different types of sunscreen available. A revolutionary new alternative for additional sun protection is retinyl palmitate. Defined as being a vitamin A derivative, or antioxidant, retinyl palmitate works uniquely as a sunscreen in three ways. First, it absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Second, it significantly inhibits the formation of thymine dimers, which pose an increased risk for the development of skin cancer. Lastly, retinyl palmitate prevents erythema, or redness, caused by UVB exposure. 

Dr. Gordon Telford, the dermatologist who has developed a retinyl palmitate cream called Vitamin A Cream, states that, "I have conducted long-term clinical trials to explore treatment with topical retinyl palmitate. The outcome was a reduction in the frequency of skin cancer and a reversal of some elements of photo aging." Dr Telford still encourages his patients to wear a traditional sunscreen of their choice, as this blocks 7% of the UV spectrum. However, he stressed the importance of adding Vitamin A Cream under sunscreen, as this ensure that the skin is protected from 93% of the sun's other harmful rays. As an added bonus, not only does retinyl palmitate aid in the prevention of skin cancer, it can also help correct signs of premature aging, like hyperpigmentation, loss of elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles. Sounds like a win-win!

We all want to live active, healthy lives well into our golden years. Protecting our skin from the sun is a great way to promote overall wellness. Remembering to apply topical sun protection daily, such as sunscreen and an antioxidant like retinyl palmitate cream, is a healthy habit to make. Wearing a hat or sitting in the shade are also great choices to prevent sun damage. Taking small steps every day to protect ourselves from the sun's damaging rays can lead to lifelong benefits. 

May 22, 2015 by Cathy Mohr
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