Vail Health Magazine 2013 - page 13

comes topically from the outside.
Get ahead of the game by staying
well hydrated on the inside. Water,
water, water.
Faces are a special case and need a
little bit more care than the rest of
your body. She recommends wash-
ing the face twice a day, as well
as moisturizing and protecting it
(first with cream, then
with sunscreen).
But beyond that, she has recom-
mendations for those interested
in combating, or at least slowing
down, “pre-cancerous change.”
Wrinkles, sun spots, dark areas
and dull skin aren’t necessarily
harbingers of ill health, but still
can be dealt with.
Hyaluronic acid gels
seal in moisture, especially when
layered beneath a moisturizer.
More specialized treatments
such as
chemical peels can accelerate the
exfoliation process and ultimately
provide more access to the bene-
fits of moisturizers.
the potentially damaging free
radicals that are born when the
sun hits the skin. They are meant
to help neutralize the threat, and
might include ingredients such as
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, green tea
derivatives and niacinamide.
Growth peptides
are small
proteins that stimulate collagen
growth. They help with wrinkle
reduction and improve the overall
texture of the skin.
are Vitamin A deriv-
atives that help prevent pre-can-
cerous change, and can help alle-
viate fine wrinkles, fade sunspots
and reduce acne. Retinoids are
the family name, but they include
such products as retinol, tretinoin,
tazarotene and adapalene.
Sun protection
You didn’t think you were going
to get away without talking about
sunscreen, did you?
“I give this spiel a lot, every day,”
Dr. Urquhart said, laughing. “Sun
protection is very important to pre-
vent some skin cancer and aging.
Sun damage is caused by UV light
and triggers advanced aging signs
like brown spots and wrinkles.”
Of course the best way to avoid
the sun’s effects is to avoid the sun,
period. But that’s a little unrealistic.
Do try to minimize exposure from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m., as that’s when
the UV index is highest. That’s
not always possible, though. Who
wants to start skiing at 3 p.m.? In-
stead, opt for hats and long-sleeved
shirts. “In our climate and altitude,
use SPF 30 or higher, and reapply
every two hours,” she said.
And though SPF 60 might
sound like the protection of SPF
30 doubled, it’s not.
“The amount of protection is
proportionally smaller,” she said.
And keep in mind, not all
sunscreens are created equal. Dr.
Urquhart recommends finding
one with broad-spectrum UVA
and UVB. Her preferred active
ingredients are zinc oxide, tita-
nium dioxide, avobenzone and
Helioplex, so find a sunscreen
with at least one of those.
Take care of your skin, and your
skin will take care of you.
skincare tips
You’re in hot water!
Hot showers and
soaks in the hot tub
might be relaxing, but
they also dry out the
skin. Dial back the hot
water exposure a bit
and you likely will see
a difference in your
skin’s ability to stay
Just visiting?
Dr. Urquhart says to
scale back on your
topical retinoid use.
Try twice a week to
avoid unnecessary
dryness, and mix a
pea-sized dollop with
a dime-sized amount
of moisturizer.
The Doc
Moisturizing soaps
such as Cetaphil,
Dove and Olay.
Moisturizing creams
such as Cetaphil
and VaniCream.
Roughly one third of the
4 billion prescriptions
written each year go
unused, and many of
those drugs are not
properly disposed of.
If you have unused or
expired meds, don’t flush
them down the toilet or
toss them down the drain.
Drop them off at either the
Eagle Valley Pharmacy in
Vail Valley Medical Center
or Edwards Pharmacy at
Shaw Regional Cancer
Center to dispose of
them properly.
“Dryness, altitude and cold
exposure...combine them and they
can wreak havoc on your skin.”
—Dr. Jean Liu Urquhart
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