Baby It's HOT Outside!

Although we expect summer to be hot in Austin,, it’s always a shock to the system. As active and outdoor people, how much should we worry about sun exposure? What about vitamin D?


Not all sunscreens are created equal:

When we talk about sunscreens, there are two main categories to think of: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens are found in most makeups, moisturizers, and foundations. They work by absorbing or scattering the sun’s rays. These take about 20 minutes to absorb into the skin to be effective and can be made of a number of different chemicals. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, create a physical barrier on your skin to block the sun’s rays and are effective immediately after application. Physical sunscreens are made of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Each one of these ingredients is not completely effective without the other but, together they give you protection against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

What’s the best sunscreen for me?

That’s easy. Physical sunscreens that protects against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun are the most effective. A GREAT option is SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. This sunscreen is great for all skin types, is lightweight, water-resistant and has a universal tint that works with many skin tones. It provides broad-spectrum protection with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This helps protect you from the sun’s rays that can contribute to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. This and other skin products are available without appointment from the Downtown Doctor clinic in downtown Austin.

The sun in Texas is very bright and even on cloudy days you can get burned. Remember sunscreen is just one component to your daily skincare routine. Don’t forget about your daily moisturizer and antioxidant serums as well!

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Vitamin D:

Vitamin D locks calcium into the bones and performs other important metabolic functions. Many people think they couldn't possibly be low in D because they’re outside everyday. I recommend getting your level tested with a simple blood test. I have been surprised over the years how many people who get daily sun exposure have low D levels. If your D is low it is easily replaced with oral supplements. Rarely one can be so low injections are needed.

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