The Bright Side: Sunscreen Q&A
DR. MURAD Q&A ON SUNSCREEN
Q: Dr. Murad, you often talk about the importance of spending time outside in order to combat social isolation. How do you balance this with sun protection?
A: Social isolation is a growing concern with the society we live in today. I believe that it important to step away from the office, to turn off your devices and to spend more time on being outside. I promote living a very active lifestyle and I do not turn the sun into an enemy, but rather, learn to manage the dangers and embrace the benefits. By simply being careful and prepared, you can enjoy being outside.
Q: Do you really need sunscreen when it’s overcast or when you are inside/at work?
A: People often only think of sun protection as only a topical application – It isn’t. I believe in whole body care and protection. I want to split this into two key areas – eating your water and vitamin D.
Q: WHEN I THINK OF YOUR PHILOSOPHY, I ALWAYS REMEMBER ‘EAT YOUR WATER’. COULD YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THIS AND YOUR NUTRITIONAL APPROACH TO SKINCARE APPLIES TO SUN PROTECTION?
A: If we start with eating your water. The sun obviously increases dehydration and it is important to stay hydrated and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables when you are spending time in the sun. It is also important to build the strongest cells you can to help your skin from the inside out. To learn more about eating your sunscreen and how the food we consume can protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays click here.
Secondly, one the key benefits we can take from the sun is Vitamin D. The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight in protected doses. Vitamin D is linked it to numerous health benefits and studies now suggest vitamin D may go beyond its known role in bone health and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and more. Despite the ability to get vitamin D from food and the sun, an estimated 45%-75% of people are deficient. Again, I promote the use of supplements here to aid the use of vitamin D. Ultimately, I prefer using appropriate sun protection to reduce the aging process and skin cancer risk and advise getting the optimal dose of vitamin D from supplement support.
Q: What is the difference between UVA & UBV?
A: Sunlight made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). I call UVA rays the ‘aging rays’ as they penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. I call UVB rays the ‘burning rays’ as they usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. UBV rays plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10AM to 4PMbeing the peak hours. I believe that is vital to protect against both types of rays.
Q: What does SPF stand for?
A: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to the ‘theoretical’ amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned after application. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection.
Q: Is it true that you put sunscreen in all of your Murad day moisturizers?
A: Yes. All of our Murad day moisturizers contain a sunscreen. A personal favorite of mine is Essential C Day Moisture. I believe that sun damage is a daily concern and therefore, at Murad, we make products with a duel benefit. They hydrate and protect your skin on a daily basis (as well as addressing your individual need, acne, anti-aging etc.).