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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; so don’t take yours for granted. Proper sun care includes protecting the eyes with sunglasses and proper products. Not only can the delicate eye tissue of the upper and lower lids get sunburned but the actual eye cells can be damaged from years of overexposure to UV rays. Below Dr. G suggests a few solutions for keep the eyes youthful looking and safe.

photo via @margoandme

Dr. G recommends:


  • The bigger and darker the better
  • Sunglasses should cover the entire eye- think Jackie O!
  • The darker the lens the more protection
  • Wrap around shades if exercising or working in direct sun


  • Eye tissue is 15% thinner than facial skin-protect it!
  • SPF must be worn around the eye area
  • 10% of skin cancers are around the eye area
  • Crows feet love sun damaged skin

After sun products

The kiddies

  • Children have larger pupils than adults which allows more sun in
  • Encourage hats
  • Choose a clean SPF and apply everywhere
  • Encourage kids to wear sunglasses (Velcro wrap around glasses)
  • Goggles in the water as eye can be susceptible to UV rays off the water reflection


Years of daily exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun take their toll on your skin. Sun-damaged skin becomes dry and rough, uneven patches and dark spots begin to appear, fine lines and wrinkles deepen, and your skin loses its firmness and elasticity. And, if you spent any part of your youth sunbathing you may find that your skin looks years older than you feel. Scientific research has led to the discovery of natural compounds that can help support the structure of skin as well as minimize signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, lines, sagging, and uneven tone. In addition to topical treatments and proper sun protection, many of these natural compounds come from the foods we eat.

Some examples are leafy green vegetables and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and broccoli, which provide many internal health benefits. What you may not know is that key phytonutrients in these vegetables can also visibly improve the health and appearance of your skin.

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Concentrated extracts from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli contain bioactive phytonutrients that can help to reverse and repair a lifetime of skin damage—revealing smoother, clearer, and more radiant skin.

Sun Exposure Accelerates Aging – What you need to know:

Time, gravity, heredity, and other environmental exposures all affect how skin ages, but the overwhelming majority of visible signs of aging are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Because the complex outer layer of our skin, the epidermis, is fully exposed to the external environment, it’s always under attack through dehydration, abrasion and most especially, ionizing damage from high-energy ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Photoaged skin is prematurely lined, wrinkled and frequently has broken capillaries and irregular pigmentation. It loses its elasticity earlier than healthy aging skin.

Although precisely how ultraviolet radiation causes skin aging is not yet known, we do know that cumulative UV radiation increases production of free radicals, damaging DNA and the enzymes involved in DNA repair. UV radiation increases inflammation and damages collagen and elastin, the proteins that give skin its resilience. It also acts to suppress immune function in the skin.

Antioxidants join forces to combat aging:

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 11.05.06 AMAntioxidant rich green and red tea adds to the anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects of sulforaphane and beta-carotene. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate is the principal antioxidant polyphenol in green and red tea and in addition to its antioxidant activity, it also demonstrates photoprotective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-angiogenic (inhibits the growth of new blood vessels) properties, which may help to reduce the appearance of small, dilated blood vessels around the nose, cheek, and chin. The polyphenols in green tea have also been shown to increase the tensile strength of skin and enhance wound healing. In combination, these potent antioxidants can not only improve skin health and reverse the signs of aging in photodamaged skin but also help to prevent future damage from free radicals and ultraviolet radiation.

“Using a daily anti-oxidant rich topical treatment is a must-have in any regimen as will help prevent against long term sun damage.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

Proper Sun Protection:

With Spring just around the corner, practicing safe and proper sun protection is essential for keeping your skin burn free this coming Spring. While applying an SPF in the morning – whether it be in your foundation, moisturizer, or as a solid base, is just not enough to keep you protected throughout the day, especially for women who wear makeup and reapplication tends to get tricky.

Try our goto and favorite sun spray on the market, Sun Visor. oh, did we mention that the formula is oil-free, fragrance-free and can even be applied on top of makeup? Yes, you heard that right!



Lauren/Lisa: What is SPF and what does it mean?

Dr. Goldfaden: The protection is all factored on the time spent in the sun. SPF, “Sun Protection Factor” primarily measures UVB protection. Sun Screen products above SPF 50 do not offer an increase in sun protection (this is the current FDA regulations). When one wears an SPF 30 for example, you could stay out in direct sunlight for 30 times longer before UVA/UVB damage occurs than a person with no sunscreen. This is how SPF factor’s are designated. The key to proper sun protection is the reapplication throughout the day. There is NO one miracle sun screen that covers and protects you completely throughout the day.

Lauren/Lisa: What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

Dr. Goldfaden: UVA makes up

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about 90% of the UV radiation that reaches the earth on a daily basis – visible light that we see. UVB makes up the remaining 10% and is strongest during the peek hours of the day (11-3pm) when the sun is at its strongest. Although both cause skin damage and have been shown to lead to cancer, UVB rays penetrate deep into the dermis layers and causes the actual sun burn, redness and damage to the deep layers within the skin.

Lauren/Lisa: What is the difference between Chemical and Physical Sunscreen? Is one more preferable than the other?

Dr. Goldfaden: It’s important to understand the difference between Physical and Chemical SPF levels: Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays. Some chemical filters can scatter sun rays, but still mostly just absorb them. Physcial sunscreens have been approved from the FDA and show no issues at all. Chemical sunscreens are also safe depending on the type of ingredient – some chemical filters generate free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation, and aging. For optimal protection, a sunscreen that offers both physical and chemical protection (and the chemical ingredient has been approved) are the safest.

Lauren/Lisa: How often should you reapply SPF throughout the day?

Dr. Goldfaden: Reapplication every hour when in direct sunlight and up to three times daily (AM/Mid—day/Afternoon) when going in and out of indoor/outdoor areas. As a general rule of thumb: if you are going to be outside for 20 minutes or more, SPF is recommended and I always recommend an SPF of at least a 30 in any case.

Lauren/Lisa: There are so many different SPF levels on the market. What are the rules? What is the highest level that we should be applying on our skin?

Dr. Goldfaden: The FDA has put in strict enforcements and regulatory measures to ensure that all SPF products follow a mandate the use of certain sun blocking agents, that have been FDA approved, are being used in products that claim SPF factors. Furthermore, the FDA outlines the template that companies must use in disclaiming the products safety and SPF legalizations on the secondary packaging. This ensures that all companies are following the same guidelines, restrictions and safety for our marketplace and consumers. The most notable and recent change is the use of SPF levels greater that 50. You won’t see sunscreens on the market in a year from now claiming SPF levels of 100. There is no substantiation that shows further sun blocking treatment benefits from a 50 to 100.

Product Spotlight, Sun Visor: Dr. Goldfaden’s fast absorbing, oil-free, PABA-free and fragrance-free SPF 30 sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This unique product offers dual-action protection by delivering high-level UV filters to help prevent sun damage, fine lines, and dark spots. Skin renewing organic red tea works to rejuvenate skin and provide antioxidant benefits. This advanced, revolutionary, ultralight translucent oil-free, fragrance-free and even smear-free formula is a must for all skin types.