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Sunscreen – What you should know

Sunscreen – What you should know

Doctor Charlene DeHaven, MD., medical director of iS Clinical Skincare wrote an excellent article about sunscreen.

Here is a summary of the important details you should know.

The FACTS According to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes
  • ONLY 18% actually wear a DAILY ultraviolet (UV) moisturizer
  • 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer and 65% of melanoma skin cancer are related to UV exposure
  • Up to 90% of all skin changes related to aging are caused by sun exposure

Protection just takes a few minutes each day.

  • A daily sunscreen doesn’t have to feel heavy or greasy. A light, clean, non-greasy daily moisturizer with an sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 offers adequate protection incidental sun exposure most experience on the average day. And it’s comfortable to wear under makeup. I apply Revisions Intellishade SPF 45 every morning to my face; it protects and blends everything together with the skin tone matching tint and prevents aging with quality antioxidants.
  • You are exposed to more sun than you think. Everyone knows to wear sunscreen on vacation or at the beach, but most underestimate their daily exposure. It’s typical to be exposed to up to 18 incidental hours of radiation a week; plus, some radiation comes through the windows even when you’re indoors. That’s why it’s so important to wear sunscreen each and every day, even when it’s cloudy or raining.
  • All radiation is not created equal. UVB rays cause the most visible changes to the skin, such as inflammation and erythema (sunburn). But UVA rays, which make up 95% of the rays that reach the Earth, penetrate deep into the dermis and are linked to skin aging (wrinkling, loss of elasticity, slower wound-healing, etc.) and carcinogenesis. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both, but make sure that the product contains FDA-recognized ingredients, such as avobenzone and zinc oxide. When I am outside and need more coverage on my body or for protecting my kids (both who have very sensitive skin) I like iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50 physical sunscreen.
  • The numbers may not mean what you think. Many people know that the SPF indicates how long a person can stay in the sun in proportion to zero protection: 15 times longer when wearing SPF 15, 30 times longer with SPF 30 and so on. But did you know that the UV filtration of SPF 30 is not double that of SPF 15? In fact, it only blocks 3% more burning rays. While an SPF 30 blocks about 97% of the sun’s damaging rays, SPF 50 will only block one additional percentage point—98%. As the numbers increase above 30, the additional protection increase is negligible.
  • A little doesn’t go a long way. At least a half gram (about a teaspoon) of sunscreen is needed to adequately protect the face; a full 30 grams or more (roughly the size of a shot glass) is needed to cover the average body. Without enough product application, the skin remains vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays. Repeated application is also key, no matter how high the SPF—think every two hours when in direct sunlight or after swimming.
  • It’s never too early, or too late, to start wearing sunscreen.

What is the difference between the 2 Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens?

Physical sunscreens. help prevent solar energy from striking the skin. Although very efficient at deflecting the sun’s rays, a small amount still penetrate the sunscreen barrier and strike skin where they can be absorbed. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens do not react with skin and do not cause skin sensitivity.

Chemical sunscreens. There are a large number of chemical sunscreens. All work by absorbing solar energy themselves and transforming it into a chemical reaction, thus preventing transfer of this energy to skin.

I like this chart showing the difference and effectiveness between the ingredients often used. Compare your current sunscreens ingredients when you have a chance.

It just takes 1 severe sunburn to increase risk of skin cancer. Start applying your SPF daily today!

We would be happy to help you find the best way to protect your skin. No need for an appointment, just stop in!

– Lisa, Esthetician

Healthy Chia Seed Waffles

Healthy Chia Seed Waffles

Hello everyone! I have a treat for you!

If you have been working on all your hormones levels, getting your sleep patterns regulated, and enjoying life and this beautiful summer, I have something that will be  a wonderful addition to your life!  Waffles for breakfast..or lunch..or dinner. They can be good for you!

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but my dear friend, and kinesologist Anna Gates, has created this waffle recipe using all good fats and chia seeds. No flour or grains. I make a large batch and freeze the leftovers. They are wonderful just popped in the toaster anytime!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 7 whole organic eggs
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds. ground
  • 2 1/4 Tbsp whole chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1.  Melt butter and cool
  2.  Stir dry ingredients together with a fork
  3.  Whisk cream into eggs
  4.  Pour cooled butter slowly into egg mixture
  5.  Add dry ingredients a bit at a time, then allow to sit until the chia seeds absorb moisture (1/2 hour or so)
  6.  Pour about 1/3 – 1/2 cup onto hot waffle iron and bake. Cook up all the batter and freeze the rest.

These are so delicious, no one can believe there is no flour in these waffles. Only good fats and protein. I have even made these on a pancake griddle and used them as hamburger buns instead of the high carb white flour ones we are all so used to.

Chia Seed Waffles

Enjoy this new treat in your life!!!

– Susie Ries

Visit our Tips & Recipes Blog for more healthy treats!

 

Healthy Chia Seed Waffles

Healthy Chia Seed Waffles

Hello everyone! I have a treat for you!

If you have been working on all your hormones levels, getting your sleep patterns regulated, and enjoying life and this beautiful summer, I have something that will be  a wonderful addition to your life!  Waffles for breakfast..or lunch..or dinner. They can be good for you!

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but my dear friend, and kinesologist Anna Gates, has created this waffle recipe using all good fats and chia seeds. No flour or grains. I make a large batch and freeze the leftovers. They are wonderful just popped in the toaster anytime!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 7 whole organic eggs
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds. ground
  • 2 1/4 Tbsp whole chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1.  Melt butter and cool
  2.  Stir dry ingredients together with a fork
  3.  Whisk cream into eggs
  4.  Pour cooled butter slowly into egg mixture
  5.  Add dry ingredients a bit at a time, then allow to sit until the chia seeds absorb moisture (1/2 hour or so)
  6.  Pour about 1/3 – 1/2 cup onto hot waffle iron and bake. Cook up all the batter and freeze the rest.

These are so delicious, no one can believe there is no flour in these waffles. Only good fats and protein. I have even made these on a pancake griddle and used them as hamburger buns instead of the high carb white flour ones we are all so used to.

Chia Seed Waffles

Enjoy this new treat in your life!!!

– Susie Ries

Visit our Tips & Recipes Blog for more healthy treats!

Suzanne Somers’ Interview

Suzanne Somers’ Interview

Suzanne Somers took control of our Innovative Directions in Health Facebook page to answer questions our patients and followers had about health, beauty, staying young and bio-identical hormone therapy. We are so happy to be able to share this experience with you and thank Suzanne for sharing her wisdom. Enjoy the transcript below of the live conversation.

–       Dr. Rich Sinda and Dr. Mahmud

Suzanne Somers:  Hi Everyone! It’s a beautiful day here in Malibu! I am really looking forward to being with all of you today at Innovative Directions in Health.

1.  What is the best first step anyone can take in changing their lifestyle for the better?

Suzanne Somers:  The first step is to understand that we are living in a changed planet, that toxins are everywhere and that in order to survive and be healthy it will require cleaning up your whole life through detoxification and eating quality organic food. Food is the fuel of the body. The better the quality of food you feed yourself the better your health. It’s that simple.

2.  How do you keep your energy up? You are like a never-aging energizer bunny!!

Suzanne Somers:  Thanks…I’m healthy! I take bioidentical hormones. That is the most important change I have made in my health regimen. Don’t believe all the fear mongering out there. Those reports are usually pharmaceutically driven because if everyone were as healthy and happy as I am they (pharma companies) would go out of business. Hormones gave me back my energy, my vitality, my clear thinking, my sex drive, my happiness, my thin body. It’s all great. AND I eat organic! It’s not worth it to fill up my cleaned out body with pesticides, chemicals and worst of all; genetically modified foods. I exercise every day; usually yoga and a walk, I take the stairs whenever possible and a hike at least once a week. I exercise doing what I enjoy. I’m not a ‘gym’ girl. Never have been. Everyone is different. This is just how I choose to do it.

3.  Suzanne, what types of bioidentical horomones do you take?

Suzanne Somers:  It’s based on individual blood work to replace what’s been lost in the aging process. That’s the difference with BHRT when it’s prescribed by a qualified physician. It’s tailored just to YOUR needs – unlike the synthetic hormones that are “one size fits all” and do not actually replace missing hormones.

4. Suzanne, do you plan on staying on bio-identical hormones for the rest of your life, even in your nineties?

Suzanne Somers:  YES!!! I will never give up feeling this good.

5.  Is it your belief that a woman on bio-identical hormones should continue on this path for the rest of one’s life, even if 95 years old?

Innovative Directions in Health:  That’s yet to be determined, but there is no compelling reason right now to rush off of them. Scientific studies (large one out of France in 2010) show no increase in Breast Cancer over the bio-identical hormone.  – Dr. Sinda

6.  You have referenced Dr. Mahmud at Innovative Directions in Health in several of your books. How did you meet him?

Suzanne Somers:  I met him through Dr. Ron Rothenberg at an anti-aging conference. I was very impressed that as an oncologist he chose to give up his lucrative position to help take care of women in a better way.

7.  How do you continue to be motivated to exercise and diet?

Suzanne Somers:  Hormones make me feel young and energized. I’m not trying to be young. I am happy with my age. I just feel young, have young energy. And my wisdom has begun to pour which is something no young person can buy or have and that wisdom gives me a distinct advantage in my life dealings and work.

I love aging. I’ll say it again…I never thought it was going to be so good and I owe it all to my healthy lifestyle and diet and my bioidentical hormones!

8.  I am in menopause and have read all of your books. I am finally ready to take the next step. What do you recommend?

Suzanne Somers:   Go to www.foreverhealth.com. They can connect you to a qualified doctor, like Dr. Mahmud or Dr. Sinda, nearest you. All doctors in this network have been vetted to specialize in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and it all depends on who you are more comfortable with and more practically, who is closer to where you live.

9.  Is there anything women over 50 can do for crepy skin, to keep skin looking young and smooth; especially forearms and decollate area?  

Suzanne Somers:  Try the FACEMASTER to exercise the muscles in your face to keep them from sagging. I’ve been using it for 20 years and it helps defy gravity in a very natural way. www.facemaster.com.

10. What are the most important steps you can take at the onset of perimenopause to combat the middle weight gain so often associated with this stage in life?

Suzanne Somers:  Get on BHRT! It’s the most important element in weight control. Then give up processed food because all those toxins are stored in the fat and if you keep adding toxins they need more room to be stored and you will keep gaining weight. Go organic as much as possible and get your hormones balanced with BHRT. And you can read Sexy Forever if you need more advice. Best of luck!

11. I am in peri menopause and Dr. Sinda at Innovative Directions in Health is assisting me in getting my progesterone balanced and the hot flashes and night sweats have disappeared. Do you know how long approximately it takes for extra weight gained over the past couple of years to take a hike? Also, do you regulate your thyroid with supplements?

Suzanne Somers:  Once your hormones are balanced, if you are following a good eating program and exercising you should be able to lose weight without obstacles. Go organic! Eat clean, unprocessed foods like protein, good fats, and vegetables. Make sure your doc at Innovative Directions in Health checks your thyroid levels. Also key to helping you lose the weight.

12. What skin care item can you not leave home without?

Suzanne Somers:  SUZANNE Organics Ageless Serum will turn back the clock! I have attached the info above. It’s made with organic sea algae and African Birch and really targets lines and wrinkles and rehydrates the skin to plump and firm. I use it twice a day EVERYDAY!!

13. Should doctors that prescribe progesterone regularly test your blood levels or is it less scientific and based upon how you’re feeling?

Suzanne Somers:  Regular blood tests are recommended to monitor your actual levels, but some doctors will also work by having you describe symptoms. Communication with your doctor is key to finding that sweet spot! It may take a little time, but it’s worth it!

14.  I’m over 55 and work out a ton with weights and cardio etc., eat organic primal diet, take bioidentical hormones, always was in shape and very athletic but can’t seem to lose last bit of abdominal fat – I feel great and young but that part is driving me crazy. Taking more Testosterone?  

Suzanne Somers:  We all have our trouble spots, right? Or are you just being really hard on yourself? Sounds like you are doing everything right. It wouldn’t hurt to have your thyroid checked. And make sure you are getting enough good fats! I eat a couple of tablespoons of organic coconut oil every day.

15. I am looking for more information and would be interested in meeting with Dr. Mahmud or Dr. Sinda.

Innovative Directions in Health:  Please stop by our Open House tomorrow, Tuesday June 3. We will be giving away multiple prizes such as SUZANNE Organic skincare kits, full size Latisse and sharing information about our services. This is your chance to meet Dr. Sinda and Susie Ries and to ask all of your questions about Bio-Identical Hormone treatment!

Innovative Directions in Health / Dr. Mahmud / Dr. Sinda:  We want to thank everyone for participating in the conversation! A big thank you goes out to Suzanne Somers for sharing her wisdom with us. THANK YOU!

Suzanne Somers:  Thank you ALL!!!! I always love to chat with like-minded people. Wishing you all happiness and health! Have a great day!!!