Thursday, September 17, 2015

Total Defense & Repair: New Superscreen?

          Aside from UVA and UVB rays, which we know to cause premature aging and skin cancer, there’s another wavelength of light that is harmful to our skin. Infrared radiation, or IR radiation, is invisible to the naked eye, but can be felt as heat. Sources include heat from campfires and heat from the sun. It is estimated that nearly 54% of the sun’s radiation is infrared, and about 65% of the energy generated by IR-A radiation (a type of IR radiation) reaches the skin’s dermal layers.   

Recent evidence shows that IR-A rays induce significant free radicals in the dermis and diminish the skin’s antioxidant capacity. As we know, free radicals are damaging to the skin, and can cause skin cancer and pre-mature aging. At Florida Skin Center, we carry a product that protects against IR radiation! SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair is one of the very first sunscreens to protect against such radiation, in addition to protecting against UVA and UVB rays. We offer both tinted (SPF 34) and water resistant (SPF 50) sunscreens. Even more, Total Defense and Repair reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improves the appearance of damaged skin. Ask one of our staff members or providers to discuss the benefits of this “superscreen” at your next visit!

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