Are Those Aging Wrinkles Sneaking Up On You?

May 21, 2014

in Anti-Aging,BLOGS,Cancer,General,Health Protection

summer-sunWrinkles? Are they Aging you?

Spring is more than half over! What are you going to do about the summer sun and your skin?

A recent article in Reader’s Digest suggests some rules that have changed about taking care of your skin in the summer sun. I read them with interest. Not a word was muttered or eluded to about nutrition.

This was dismaying to me. Here’s a brief outline of the rules that have changed.

  • Old advice: use a shot glass of sunscreen to cover your body.

New rule: use the house-painting rule – apply 2 coats for better and more thorough coverage.

  • Old advice: SPF 15 is perfectly fine.

New rule: SPF 50 offers significantly better protection especially when you consider cumulative exposure over the years.

  • Old advice: it’s most important to slather on sunscreen at the beach.

New rule: applying every day is crucial, too. Make it a routine just like shaving. Everyday activities like driving and short, regular exposures contribute to sun damage.

  • Old advice: wear sunglasses.

New rule: make them wraparound and wear a broad-brimmed hat. Small rimmed sunglasses let in too many UV rays.

  • Old advice: worry about sun exposure during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New rule: early mornings and late afternoons can be dangerous, too.

This sounded like an article written by a sunscreen manufacturer! There’s a lot of misguided information out there coming from so-called experts.

sun-protectionTrue statements:

  • Heavy sun exposure (50,000+ lifetime hours) increases your risk of wrinkling 3 to 1.
  • Smokers usually wrinkle 20 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  • Sun exposure can cause skin cancer – don’t burn yourself to a crisp.
  • Sun exposure (common sense levels) can prevent skin cancer.
  • The sun is the most natural way to get the all important vitamin D.

I don’t know about you but I am not into slathering all those chemicals on my body.

There is a better way.

whole-foodHow about getting some sun protection from your food? Just how does that work? Do you slather food all over your skin? Nope! Eat it!

Carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, spinach, strawberries, red bell peppers, peaches, carrots, leafy greens.

  • Antioxidants provide protection from oxidative stress (free radical damage) and inflammation.
  • Filters UV light even in the eye’s macula reducing risk of age-related eye cataracts and ARMD (age-related macular degeneration.)
  • Contributes to healthy skin tone minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

Flavonoid rich fruits and vegetables: kale, beets, berries, oranges, lemons, grapefruit.

  • Reduces risk of wrinkles and dry skin.
  • Critical for production of healthy collagen (the glue that holds the body together.)
  • Protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet light (UVA & UVB).

Olive oil increases absorption of carotenoids/antioxidants.

Green tea has photo-protective capacity.

  • Recent 12 week study: fair skinned people were supplemented with green tea and vitamin C. Their skin was exposed to UV radiation before and after supplementation which typically increases inflammation. The level of sunburn and inflammation was reduced after the 12 week period. (Rhodes LE et al. Oral green tea catechin metabolites are incorporated into human skin and protect against UV radiation-induced cutaneous inflammation in association with reduced production of pro-inflammatory elcosanoid 12-hydroxyelcosatetraenoic acid. Br J Nutr Jan 28:1-10. Epub ahead of print, 2013.)

Resveratrol rich fruits: pomegranates, blueberries, red and purple grapes, cranberries.

  • Protects the skin from UV with free radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory actions.

Meats: salmon, grass-fed beef and free range poultry.

  • Protein provides building blocks for skin to repair and renew keeping it smooth and firm.
  • Omega-3’s soothe and protect from inflammation.

A preliminary 3 month study suggests that omega-3s may boost skin immunity after UV exposure. Immune suppression was 50% lower in people receiving omega-3s than the placebo group after 8 to 15 minutes of sun exposure. (Pilkington SM et al. Randomized controlled trial of oral omega-3 PUFA in solar-simulated radiation-induced suppression of human cutaneous immune responses. Am J Clin Nutr 07:646-52,2013.)

Whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes – dietary essential fatty acids produce skin’s natural oils.

  • Acts as a protective shock absorber.
  • Keeps skin hydrated, plumper, and looking younger.

Yogurt with its probiotic properties relieves digestive stress reducing risk of inflammation.

Topical Nutrients for Sun Protection

  • Vitamins A, C, and E keep skin cells healthy as well as having healing properties. UV exposure depletes antioxidant levels in the skin.
  • Green tea applied topically protects against inflammation and photo-damage.
  • Echinacea protects skin collagen from oxidation and supports skin hydration.

Supplementation with quality, whole food supplements will enhance your skin’s ability to be healthy and protect you from over exposure to the sun.

Vitamin D in the form of D3.

  • Skin has the ability to make vitamin D when exposed to the sun. (An interesting fact here: cholesterol is necessary in order for vitamin D to be made from the sun.)
  • Protects the skin from the sun’s UV radiation and slows the aging process. (Reichrath J. Unraveling hidden secrets: The role of vitamin D in skin aging. Dermato-Endocrinolgoy 43:241-44,2012)
  • Tip: taking vitamin D along with your essential fatty acids and omega-3’s at meal time may help you absorb these fat soluble nutrients.

Many people avoid sunlight or use sunscreens. This means they may be at risk of being vitamin D deficient which can lead to any number of serious health problems.

  • November 2010 the Institute of Medicine raised the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D.

600 IU for children and most adults

70 years and older should take 800 IU

It has actually been shown there are benefits of taking 1000 IU daily.

Researchers have found that supplement users are at a much lower risk of developing eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

So what are you going to do about slowing down the wrinkles and signs of aging?

 

  • Option 1: stay out of the sun?
  • Option 2: get out in the sun and slather on the sunscreen?
  • Option 3: eat foods to provide protection from sun damage?
  • Option 4: use a topical more natural sun protector?
  • Option 5: take quality sun protecting supplements?

Tell me which of the above options you are planning to do during the upcoming summer season?

As for me, I am going to do options 3, 4, and 5. They are the options I’ve chosen for the past several years.

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1 Sharon O'Day May 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Some of us grew up on the beach long before anyone knew how damaging the sun could be.  In fact, we used to rub Coca-Cola on our bodies to see how dark we could get.  Talk about NO SPF!  😉  For the past 25-30 years I've done everything possible to make up for the original damage, and appreciate reading your valuable suggestions as well, Pat!

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2 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Yes, Sharon.

We both grew up in that generation that believed a tan was beautiful. Actually a tan is beautiful if done properly but unfortunately most are not. We need that vit. D from the sun but not in those huge doses like we used to get.

Eat those antioxidants to give your body the tools inside to fight the damage outside. One thing of comfort is that all the cells in our body do renew, repair, and replace often so doing the right thing now will help with the damage control.

Blessings,

Pat

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3 Takara Shelor May 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

GREAT article about nutrition and the sun. I am very definitely like you and don't put chemicals on my body. When its warm enough to be outside in shorts, I begin to sit outside and sunbathe for 15 minutes a day for a few days, then 20 minutes a day for a few days, then 25, etc. I slowly build up my body's natural ability to handle longer and longer exposure – being careful to never burn. Sunshine is vital to life.
 

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4 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hi Takara,

I do the build up sun bathing as well although this year I have only been getting out a couple times a week. It is important to build up your body’s natural ability to adapt to the sun. Really 20 to 30 minutes a day is adequate to get your vit. D and for me a decent tan. Of course, I tan easier than some people.

Sunshine is vital to life.

Pat

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5 A. Lynn Jesus May 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

What a great article. I never thought about getting sunscreen through food or supplements. This is fantastic info! Thank you!

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6 Pat Moon May 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Hi A Lynn,

Yes, what we eat can give us protection from the sun. Healthy skin is a great shield.

Glad you liked the article.

Pat

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7 Heather Cameron May 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

Lots of great advice here. Will take a bit of time to absorb it all. I pale skin so I alway watch how much sun I get. Hats, longer sleeves, help.

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8 Pat Moon May 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Hi Heather,

Yes, with fair, pale skin you do need to be cautious when in the sun. Yet, remember you do need some sun to get that vitamin D.

Be healthy.

Pat

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9 Ashley May 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Vast amount of information and helpful tips here!  Thanks for outlining the old vs. new advice! 

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10 Pat Moon May 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your visit.

Pat

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11 Gilly May 23, 2014 at 5:10 am

A great article Pat! Yes I will definitely eat foods that encourage protection from the sun. The strange thing I find about stun screen is I tend to burn while using them when I usually tan without them. I'm not sure if this is because I am brown, but I use it occasionally when I'm out for a long run 🙂 

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12 Pat Moon May 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi Gilly,

I have never used sunscreens and typically do not burn easily. When I am reasonable about my exposure time, I tan nicely and always have. There are people who are more sensitive to the sun’s rays. They have to be much more careful about the length of time they can be out without clothing protection. Proper nutrition definitely helps protect against skin damage. I also use natural skin care that has light protection. That has served my well.

There are occasions, like your long runs, that sun screen may be in order but not many. Common sense definitely comes into play.

Thanks for your comment.

Pat

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13 Tina May 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Your New advice is Spot On. We desert rats can always tell a tourist because they are getting a tan and we're stark white. So many people I know have skin cancer because they were sun-worshipers.

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14 Pat Moon May 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hi Tina,

Yes, skin cancer is a problem with sun-worshipers. However we need the sun in healthy doses. Vitamin D from the sun is critical to good health. So stark white is not necessarily good or healthy. Proper protection with a proper diet and natural sunscreens are important. My frustration is that the sunscreen manufacturers and most doctors do not seem to acknowledge the importance of nutrition as it relates to the sun and its exposure to our skin.

Take care.

Pat

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15 Meire Weishaupt May 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

What a informative article! Loved the old advices and new rules and I'm glad that I'm following the rules using SPF 50 and having some sun protection from the food I'm eatign, I'll be reinforcing the Vitamin D.

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16 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Hi Meire,

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Yes, eat right and use quality supplements.

Pat

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17 Don Purdum May 22, 2014 at 7:42 am

I agree with you, I will not put chemicals all over my body unnecessarily. Manage your exposure, and most of all have fun in the sun.

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18 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hi Don,

Take care with exposure to chemicals and be aware of what you put inside.

Have fun in the sun!

Pat

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19 Veronica May 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm

So far so good, but I know that it is only a matter of time. I will keep these tips in mind

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20 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Hi Veronica,

What do you mean? It is only a matter of time? Are you talking about wrinkles or skin cancer? 

Definitely keep these tips at the forefront to apply.

Pat

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21 Cheryl Relf May 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Great article!  Yes there have been changes…. having had a melanoma I am so aware of all of these.  However, am not aware of the use of SPF > 30……  According to my specialist the best thing is to stay out of the sun between 10 and 4… cover up with polyester/spandex because cotton does not protect you…. and there is no clear evidence that sunscreen is a defense against melanoma.    Also, they are apparently finding aspirin IS a defense… but studies not complete as yet.  Thanks again 🙂

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22 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Hi Cheryl,

Yes, great concern if you have had a melanoma. That is nothing to mess around with! I had not heard that polyester/spandex was better than cotton? They typically do not breathe so that would be a concern for me but there may be something I am not aware of? I also had not happen to hear about the aspirin?

Eat healthy! Supplement wisely! Protect using common sense!

Stay informed!

Pat

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23 Gina May 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I was a lifeguard for 10 years (high school through grad school), and wish I had this info years ago. But better late than never.  Thanks for giving me new ideas for an old concern.

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24 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hi Gina,

You probably had an amazing tan with all that sun exposure! Being a lifeguard for 10 years does put you at some risk but eating healthy protective foods and using quality supplements can reduce your risk of having problems further down the pathway of life.

Glad you gained new ideas for protection of old concerns.

Take care,

Pat

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25 Beverley Golden May 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Fabulous information in this article, Pat!  I also would opt for 3, 4 and 5, although putting natural sunscreen on the sensitive areas of my face have been recommended repeatedly.  Will now focus more on what I put in my body to protect my skin, rather than what I put on it. 

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26 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Hi Beverley,

Happy to hear your focus. I use the healthy Nutriance products that have some natural UV protective power. I’ve used it for years… so far… no skin cancer! My mother did have some skin cancer that showed up in her late 80’s but she used to go out with my dad horseback to work the cattle. She never used any type of skin protection and sometimes didn’t even wear a hat. My dad always wore a hat when he went outdoors. He died 3 weeks prior to his 88th birthday and had no signs of sign cancer.

Protection from the inside out is best!

Pat

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27 Rochefel May 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I'd rather eat those fruits and vegetables to nourish my skin than applying a lot of formulated sunscreen lotion…

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28 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Hi Rochefel,

Absolutely! Healthy food choices are so much more beneficial that sunscreens for overall health.

Be healthy!

Pat

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29 Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions May 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Option 3,4,5 look like what I'd chosse. This is awesome information here, Pat. Thanks so much for all the work you do in bringing health information our way. x0x

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30 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Hi Norma,

Wise choices! Happy to share helpful info… that’s my passion!

Pat

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31 Kungphoo May 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I agree with you. Options 3, 4, and 5 are ones that I'm going to follow as well. I love the sun, so I won't be staying out of it and nobody wants to walk around with a think layer of sunscreen constantly. Thank you for sharing this!

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32 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Hi Robert,

Great option choices!

Pat

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33 Alexandra McAllister May 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for sharing all this info.  I love the sun BUT I am very careful now.  I recall in my younger days, being in Jamaica and staying out for the whole day with no sunscreen.  I was lucky.  I guess I had a thick skin but eventually, I started to take care.  Now, I do go out in the sun but I have plenty of protection sunscreen.  I even smear some on my poodle as she has a short coat.  I also take natural supplements.

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34 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Hi Alexandra,

Happy you are taking care of yourself and your poodle!

😉

Pat

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35 Uplifting Families Parenting Tips May 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Great tips and suggestions. Just make sure that you don't put sunscreen on a child under 6 months old. It is dangerous for them; instead, cover them up fully in light weight clothing, put a wide brim hat over their head that will protect their face and neck, and if possible keep them in a cool, shaded area.

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36 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hi Christy,

Thank you for this added note about sunscreen and babies. I personally do not like to see all the sunscreen uses of anyone including children unless excessive sun exposure is going to be the case. Who knows the damage long term use of sunscreens may be doing? Proper clothing and proper nutrition is much more important.

Thanks again.

Pat

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37 Meryl Hershey Beck May 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Taking care of ourselves it very important. There are so many things that affect us. I am always looking for natural and healthy alternatives. It is great to hear of all the natural, healthy foods that can  protect us from the sun and it's damaging rays. I always try to eat healthy use natural remedies. 

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38 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Hi Meryl,

You are a great example of someone who takes care of theirself. Thanks for the supportive comment.

Pat

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39 Caroline St-onge May 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

It's true that the sun is more dangerous than before. I like shadow! When I'm going outside, I always try to be in the shadow…. And I put sunscreen (I don't like it)…. And I eat a lot of healthy food! I did not know that it was good against the sun! I'm happy to know it! 😉
 

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40 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Hi Caroline,

I’m glad you learned the benefits of eating healthy foods to protect you against the UV rays of the sun.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Pat

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41 Roslyn May 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I think it has to be balanced. We eat right, protect our skin, take supplements where needed, be smart and sensible. This article provides lots of info to ponder.

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42 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Yes, Roslyn. We need to apply all in a smart and sensible way. 

Thanks for your very supportive comment.

Pat

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43 Diana Foree May 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

What great advice and remedies! Sharing!

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44 Pat Moon May 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Thanks for sharing, Diana.

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