The Truth About Sunscreen and How to Reverse & Prevent Sun Damage

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Where do you take your Academy sunscreen? This bottle has been to Long Branch, New Jersey in the photo. Take a photo of yours and post it to the Facebook Wall!

The sun. We love it. We hate it. We need it. 

We’re told to spend time in the sun to increase our Vitamin D levels, yet we’re told to stay out of the sun to avoid skin cancer.

What’s the deal?

I’m answering your most pressing questions about sunscreen now! Here is the truth.

1. What number SPF should I use? What’s the difference between numbers?

Bottom line: The FDA prefers that we use a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15.

The difference between SPF 15, 30, 50, 100 etc is supposed to mean more protection time. To date, the FDA is not convinced this is actually the case, therefore they do not support the additional use of chemicals needed to achieve this slight benefit, if any at all.

The best and safest way to achieve protection is to reapply, reapply, reapply! Children should have sunscreen reapplied every hour.

Use Academy by Candy Moisturizing SunScreen with Revitalizing CoQ10 SPF 15.

Recent studies have shown that SPF #’s on products have not been accurate. Even the most expensive sunscreens have not been proven any better than less expensive brands. A good guideline should be to use a product with an SPF of 15 with ingredients appropriate for “facial moisturizing.”

2. What happens to my skin when I get a sunburn? A tan?

Bottom line: Our skin can become uneven, spotted, clumpy, and potential cancerous spots can occur.

The outer layer of your skin, the keratin layer, gets thick and clumpy. The alive cells, collagen and elastin, are more rapidly  destroyed, causing premature aging. Brown spots, melanin, or hyperpigmentation will occur and be difficult to correct. Abnormal cells will be stimulated and can become cancerous. And, for some unknown reason, the actual color of our tans with today’s sun rays is no longer attractive.

3. Does glycolic acid make my skin more sensitive to the sun?

Glycolic Acid, unlike Retin A, will not make the skin more sensitive to the sun. It actually reverses premature aging by stimulating new collagen and elastin cells. Having said this, buyer beware for not all Glycolic Acid is formulated correctly! Ask questions to make sure you are getting a quality product. 

4. What can I do to reverse sun damage?

Use properly formulated and balanced glycolic acid products, like Academy by Candy medical strength glycolic acid products, to stimulate collagen and elastin cells again. Hydro Light Plus-10 is a great glycolic acid formulation used to reduce sun spots, combining four of the most effective lightening agents on the market today.

5. What can I do to prevent sun damage?

Use and reapply your sunscreen all over your body. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, even with your sunscreen. Use Academy by Candy glycolic acid products to stimulate your skin and help protect your skin from sun damage.

More questions? Write a comment below and I will answer.

SUNSCREEN CHALLENGE: Take a picture of your Academy by Candy sunscreen at the location you use it the most (beach, backyard, golfing, etc.). Post this picture to our Facebook Page so we can feature it!

10 thoughts on “The Truth About Sunscreen and How to Reverse & Prevent Sun Damage

    1. Hello Laurie!

      The most important factor of a glycolic acid based product is the pH. In skincare products, you want your product to be effective. If the pH of the product is too close to neutral, then the product will not be effective. Having a low pH in glycolic acid products (and other acid products) is essential if you want to have a product that works. (Acids always have a low pH or else they wouldn’t be acids.) Obviously, we all want to have a product that actually does what it says it will do! :) This is why I advise people looking for effective skincare products to understand what the product actually does and how it is formulated.

      In the case of my products, I explain that I use a low pH to truly enable the stimulation and regeneration of collagen and elastin cells. By the time we hit age 30, we have lost 50% of our collagen and elastin cells, which over time will cause wrinkling and facial sagging. I use glycolic acid specifically because its small molecular size has the ability to penetrate the skin deeply into the level where the collagen and elastin cells live and trigger regeneration.

      I want consumers to understand what glycolic acid is and how it should be used. Unfortunately, there are products on the market that are not telling the whole truth and making false promises by using clinical facts and turning them into gimmicks. (For example, when the medical industry discovered that collagen injections were great for plumping and filling in lines, the skincare industry started putting collagen in their topical products as a marketing tool. Gimmick: the collagen in topical products cannot plump, fill in, or regenerate.)

      I hope this has answered your question. Please feel free to write with more questions any time.

      Candy Langan, RN

    1. Hi Laurie,

      I have answered your first question above about how glycolic acid products should be formulated. Yes, I have formulated my own products, which I sold only to physicians for many years. Now, I am happy to be able to sell directly to the public because the Internet gives me, as a Registered Nurse, the ability to connect directly to individuals to create a personal relationship – advising them not only on which product to use, but also the best way for them to address their skincare needs.

      I want consumers to understand what glycolic acid is and how it should be used. Unfortunately, there are products on the market that are not telling the whole truth and making false promises by using clinical facts and turning them into gimmicks. It’s always important to reach out and ask questions about a product before you purchase it. I’m happy to help you further.


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