IGNORING SUN PROTECTION IN THE WINTER? – IT’S JUST NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE!

Don’t tuck sun protection away with your swimwear this fall. There may not be a lot of your body for the sun to reach in the fall and winter, but if your face is exposed, you’re still vulnerable. UVA rays are around all year and tend to remain strong, even through cloud cover. These are powerful rays that can cause significant damage to the skin.

Do I Really Have to Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

The answer is yes, but here’s a smart way to do it. Apply a moisturizer with SPF 30 to your face as part of your daily skincare routine; couple that with a daily dose of an antioxidant supplement like Heliocare®. An extract from a well-studied tropical fern called Polypodium leucotomos, Heliocare® has been shown to help maintain the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun-related effects and aging.* Polypodium leucotomos has been evaluated for over 30 years by scientists and dermatologists in several countries, including the United States. It harnesses the natural and powerful antioxidants in Polypodium leucotomos extract which aid in eliminating free radicals produced by sun exposure. A reduction in these free radicals helps to maintain younger-looking, more resilient skin.*

Preparation is Key for Outdoor Winter Sports

“Skiing,” says California dermatologist, and President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Mitchel Goldman, MD, “is a classic example of a truly sun-dangerous outdoor activity. It’s exhilarating and fun, but snow skiing, and even water skiing, are sports that can harm the skin. Mountain skiing gives you to 50% more exposure to the sun, because of the higher altitudes. Both water and snow skiing reflect the sun’s rays back at you and require serious sun protection.”

So, you can run and you can hide, but unless you’re indoors and never intend to venture out, you need sun protection all year. Times have changed; unprotected sun exposure represents a more serious threat than ever before. Be prepared. Be smart!!

Heliocare® retails for $29.99 and can be purchased at Walgreens and Rite Aid locations nationwide. For more information, please visit www.heliocare.com.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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About HELIOCARE® Sun Protection

The powerful antioxidant formula in each capsule of HELIOCARE® is naturally derived from Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), a fern native to Central and South America that has been used for centuries as a remedy for skin related conditions. This fern, which was once an aquatic plant, adapted to life on land and created its own protection from exposure to harsh UV rays. By utilizing this organically grown extract, HELIOCARE® delivers antioxidants that begin to help protect the skin from the first day of use*.

About Dr. Mitchel Goldman

Dermatologist, Mitchel Goldman, MD resides in a suburb of San Diego, California called Cardiff, frequently dubbed “The Tri-Athlete Capital of the World.” In private practice, he is President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and a member of The Challenge Athletes Foundation, a group that supports American war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. He is an avid long distance cyclist.

 

WELCOME NEWS FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

There’s a New Way to Protect Skin from the Sun

If your favorite way to workout means spending time outdoors biking, hiking, running or walking, you already know that you need to protect yourself from the increasingly potent rays of the sun. After all, what’s the point of exercising to improve your health, if you’re damaging your skin in the process?

“One of the biggest mistakes that one can make when exercising outdoors is toforego sunscreen application,” says California dermatologist, and President-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Mitchell Goldman, MD. “The rationale for doing this is the notion that there are no harmful burning rays early in the morning. The fact is UV rays are present all the time, not just between the hours of 10 and 2. UVB rays, the ones that burn, may not be as strong at 7 AM, but more and more, dermatologists are realizing that UVA rays are equally, if not more, dangerous, because they penetrate deeper into the skin. Those rays are present all the time, you even absorb them through glass,” emphasizes Dr. Goldman.

An avid long-distance cyclist, Dr. Goldman has looked into additional ways to protect the skin from the sun. He advises fellow cyclists, and patients, to use a daily dietary supplement called Heliocare®, derived from a tropical fern called polypodium leucotomos. “Taking a supplement to enhance sun protection makes complete sense,” says Dr. Goldman. “You get protection from outside and inside the body*, where the sun causes the proliferation of cell-damaging free radicals. Heliocare presents a new way of looking at sun protection and as we see greater and greater numbers of people with sun-related skin damage, dermatologists are advocating for as much protection as possible.” Dr. Goldman also recommends wearing clothing that is black or dark blue and tightly woven. “It’s true you may feel warmer in these colors, but if you can see light through your clothing, it is not protecting you.”

“Skiing,” says this expert “is a classic example of a truly sun-dangerous outdoor activity. It’s exhilarating and fun, but snow skiing and even water skiing are sports that can harm the skin. Mountain skiing gives you to 50% more exposure to the sun, because of the higher altitudes. Both and water and snow skiing reflect the sun’s rays back at you and require serious sun protection.”

A great believer in outdoor exercise, Dr. Goldman points out, “you never get bored. It’s not the same stale routine of hopping from one machine to another in the gym. There’s always something new to see or sense, but outdoor activities including golf and tennis require sun-sense. There’s no room for error these days,” he says.

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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About HELIOCARE® Sun Protection

The powerful antioxidant formula in each capsule of HELIOCARE® is naturally derived from Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), a fern native to Central and South America that has been used for centuries as a remedy for skin related conditions. This fern, which was once an aquatic plant, adapted to life on land and created its own protection from exposure to harsh UV rays. By utilizing this organically grown extract, HELIOCARE® delivers antioxidants that begin to help protect the skin from the first day of use*.

About Dr. Mitchell Goldman

Dermatologist, Mitchell Goldman, MD resides in a suburb of San Diego, California called Cardiff, frequently dubbed “The Tri-Athlete Capital of the World.” In private practice, he is president-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and a member of The Challenge Athletes Foundation, a group that supports American war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. He is an avid long distance cyclist.

MAY MARKS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

THE #1 SKINCARE TIP FROM A DERMATOLOGIST?

GET A BODY CHECK ONCE A YEAR!!!

One would assume a dermatologist would be able to spot skin cancer on herself, but this was not the case for well-known San Antonio, Texas dermatologist, Vivian Bucay, MD, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. The cancer was tucked away, out of sight, inside her belly button. “I had no idea,” she said, “until I saw some flakes of skin in my navel, and I had a skin biopsy to see what might be causing this kind of shedding.” Surprised by the diagnosis of melanoma, she wasted no time and immediately sought treatment and is now cancer-free, but loaded with advice.

“It is sobering to realize how insidious skin cancer, and particularly, melanoma, can be,” she said. “It makes the idea of routine body checks with a dermatologist such an imperative for everyone. For people with all kinds of freckles and moles, these checks should be performed more often.”

Was the sun responsible for Dr. Bucay’s melanoma? “No one can say for sure, I certainly did my share of sunbathing in my teens before we realized how dangerous this is,” she explains. “But I was really lucky to have had great medical care and believe more strongly than ever in getting anything and everything that looks, even vaguely suspicious, checked out.”

As the month of May brings skin cancer into focus, Dr. Bucay has a routine to share for protecting one’s skin from the sun and it includes a number of products. “Sun protection is far more encompassing than simply applying a sunscreen,” she says. Here is what is in her arsenal:

  • An SPF 50 physical/mineral sunscreen – every day, rain or shine, and applied before putting on your swimsuit to protect against UVA and UVB rays
  • Oral CoQ10 and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
  • A daily dose of Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), a dietary supplement derived from a tropical fern. She recommends Heliocare® because it is backed by 30 years of study.
  • Getting Vitamin D levels tested, because this vitamin plays an important role in regulation of the immune mechanism in the body
  • Use of topical antioxidants such as Vitamins C, E, green tea polyphenols, and red tea flavonoids

“Your skin contains a type of white blood cell called a Langerhans cell that is very sensitive to UVA and UVB radiation, whether from the sun or a tanning bed; they can be depleted in 15 minutes worth of sun exposure,” Dr. Bucay explains. Langerhans cells, found in the epidermis, are an essential part of the immune system. They work by capturing antigens (agents that can trigger a reaction, such as infections, allergic reactions, and cancer) that get into the skin and present them to immune system cells that create a mechanism to fight them off¹. “So you really need to protect your skin on many levels,” she stresses. “This is why adding products such as Heliocare (Polypodium leucotomos extract)is so important. PLE is skin specific, and not only helps to decrease sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays, it also works as an antioxidant.*”

Don’t wait until the summer arrives to institute a regimen of protective skincare, advises this expert, who can speak from personal experience. “The climate has changed,” she emphasizes, “and we have to adapt our routines as well to live long and healthy lives.”

Heliocare® retails for $29.99 and can be purchased at Walgreens and Rite Aid locations nationwide. For more information, please visit www.heliocare.com.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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¹http://dermatology.about.com/od/glossaryl/g/langerhans.htm

About HELIOCARE®:

The powerful antioxidant formula in each capsule of HELIOCARE® is derived from the extract of Polypodium leucotomos (PLE), a fern native to Central and South America that has been used for centuries as a remedy for skin related conditions. This fern, which was once an aquatic plant, adapted to life on land and created its own protection from exposure to harsh UV rays. By utilizing the extract of this organically grown plant, HELIOCARE® delivers antioxidants that helps the skin protect itself from the first day of use*.

About Dr. Vivian Bucay:

Board certified dermatologist, Vivian Bucay, in private practice in San Antonio, TX, is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She maintains membership in numerous medical societies, and serves as a faculty member for a number of continuing medical education initiatives throughout the United States. A leader in her field, Dr. Bucay is also a well-known Physician Member of the Liquid Face Lift Association and is part of the editorial board of Modern Aesthetics.