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Sun Smarts for This Gardener

By: Annette Delagrange
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Although Christine sympathized with my floppy hat dilemma, she did provide more sensible alternative advice. “Use half your body weight in sunscreen!” Too often, gardeners and others who enjoy the outdoors—such as Christine, who loves to ride her horses in the mountains of Utah—fail at proper application and reapplication. “Always evenly apply by affixing a full spectrum sunscreen then reapply and reapply,” she recommends. “Your choice is reapplication vs. wrinkles and pigmentation. Once the ultraviolet rays get past the sentry of the sunscreen, they trigger a reactive oxygen species, or free radicals. These break down the collagen and elastin, and set off the cascade of aging. Keep in mind that sunscreen is not a beauty product. It is healthy protection for the skin. Remember that the skin is an immune organ that guards you from the environmental assaults of ultraviolet radiation.”

Rebecca had this to say: “I, too, am an avid gardener. Being the daughter of a sharecropper from Mississippi and the granddaughter of an English woman whose parents came straight out of Victorian England, there was no escape for me. I’d suggest a very sweat-resistant, silicone-based sun protection featuring micronized and coated particulate sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) with an SPF 30.”

This will provide:

● Resistance to sweat for up to 80 minutes

● Nonsticky, even coverage from the silicone base