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

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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!

Smart Sun – How to Enjoy the Sun Safely

My philosophy is that you must take care of your inner-self by taking care of your appearance.  Smart Sun” means simply not depriving yourself of the things you love to do, but simply do them smartly.  You want to protect your skin and even reverse the damage the sun can cause.  But how?  In today’s world, anti-aging gimmicks surround us.

So how do we know what is right, what is real, and how do we choose?

With “Smart Sun” the key word is moderation.  Protect your skin by using a waterproof, moisturizing sun screen which is a total UVA/UVB block.  Because these UVA/UVB rays cause damage to our collagen cells, it is vitally important to block out their penetration.  The loss of this collagen creates premature lines and wrinkles.  Unprotected sun-exposure as well as tanning- bed use, speeds up this cellular destruction causing our skin to age faster and faster.

Education and knowledge is the key to anti-aging.

  • Know that the FDA does not recognize sun screens with a sun-protection factor (SPF) greater than 15.  Why?  Because, the FDA feels the length of additional protective time does not warrant the additional chemical exposure needed to increase the SPF level.
  • Know how many hours your sunscreen will be effective and when you will need to reapply it. Academy’s sunscreen gives a total UVA/UVB block for 5 full hours with the anti-oxidant repair powers of CoQ10.
  • Know that unlike Retin A, Academy Glycolic Acid Products will not make you hypersensitive to the sun or burn more quickly.
  • Know that on the contrary, Academy Glycolic Acid Products have been proven to actually give the skin a sun-protection factor as well as reverse the damage caused by the sun.

Smart women practice “Smart Sun” by enjoying what pleases them in moderation and sharing with others their enthusiasm for life.  The beautiful feminine woman of today takes care of  herself by letting the natural glow of her skin show through creating her own beauty and youthfulness.

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