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Ezine 178 November 2017

The Real Truth: SPF and Your Skin

Skin Care Tip

SPF has enormous benefits, but don’t get fooled by advertising. There’s no such thing as “natural” or “organic” SPF. Spending a premium for such products is nonsense. Also, after 50 years of study, there is no evidence that regular, old SPF is harmful. SPF prevents cancer, wrinkles and sun spots - period. Further, SPF above 35 isn't better and may be too strong. Don’t believe that more is better. Lastly, SPF needs help in the form of a hat and covered skin in the presence of strong, sustained sun. Using a super high SPF will do nothing compared to a simple hat and 35 SPF. So, use SPF in a moisturizer or makeup and this key ingredient, over time, will lead to toned, healthy, and youthful skin. It is now in everyday moisturizers, foundations, and various other makeup products. There’s no excuse for not using it daily as skin cancer rates skyrocket. Start today. Now. Doctor’s orders.

Sunlights Benefit Now Understood

Anti-Aging Tip

Now that you know how to protect your skin, let’s talk about why you need the sun. Our brains produce hormones called serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is associated with the feeling of calmness, concentration and good mood. Melatonin is associated with feeling sleepy. When we don't get enough sun exposure, serotonin levels decrease and melatonin levels increase, which then elevate the risk of SAD. Season Affective Disorder is a form of depression. The most common season this disorder is associated with is winter because the day is shorter and nights are longer. Sunlight will also benefit those suffering from other disorders such as premenstrual mood swings and anxiety. The light increases serotonin after hitting the retina, which then triggers the release of serotonin. A few other benefits include an increase in Vitamin D, quicker healing of skin conditions, and the easing of rheumatoid arthritis. You don’t have to bake in the direct sun, by the way. Being in the presence of natural light, even in the shade, holds benefit.

Get Rid of Those Moles

Plastic Surgery Tip

Moles are skin growths that may be flat or protruding. They vary in color from pink flesh tones to dark brown or black. Some have a lot of them, others have only a few. Sometimes, a mole can become cancerous. Atypical moles are moles that are considered to be potentially dangerous. When looking at an atypical mole, one may see features such as an irregular border, slight variation in color, or asymmetry. Most experts believe that atypical moles are at a higher risk of turning into melanoma. Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. If you have a mole which is changing, looks different, or you cosmetically don’t like it, have it taken off by Dr. Speron or his staff. It only takes couple of minutes and it is the smart thing to do. To see before and after patient pictures, click here

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Get a Consultation..In private, Dr. Speron will listen to your cosmetic goals. Next, treatments, healing, complications, and what benefits to expect are discussed.

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We look forward to seeing you!

Sam Speron, MD, FACS

Board CertifiedPlastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

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