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May 19, 2016

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Zinc Oxide for Sun Care and Blemished Skin

I'm a big fan of zinc oxide for skincare because of its ability to both protect and repair skin. It can prevent sunlight and ultraviolet rays from penetrating the skin and can protect skin from outside irritants. Zinc oxide is extremely effective as a sunscreen. In addition, zinc oxide has mild astringent and antiseptic properties making it useful for acne and wound care. It is suggested that zinc for acne is effective because it can kill bacteria that causes red bumps during breakouts.

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August 21, 2014

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Artist Uses UV Camera to Show Effects of Sun on Skin, and the Startling Power of Sunscreen

As you contemplate your next visit to the dermatologist, you might find yourself a little unnerved by this video. As Colossal explains:

Artist Thomas Leveritt recently setup a special UV motion camera in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with the intent of filming random passersby. Ultraviolet rays have the ability to expose not-yet-visible changes to human skin, namely freckles, that turn even the most unblemished faces into dark explosions of dots. Leveritt installed a monitor above the camera so people could instantly see the results, and then to heighten the effect, supplied them sunscreen in a vivid demonstration of why you should probably never again step outside without it.

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June 30, 2014

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Benefits of Green Tea in Sun Care

Like me, you may have switched to drinking more green tea and less coffee over time. Not only is it a delicious and stimulating drink, but in recent years it’s become touted as a health food that may help to prevent a variety of conditions, from heart and gum disease to cancer, weight loss and even skin aging. The medicinal properties of this tea are attributed to flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols found in tea mainly belong to the subtype called catechins (CAT-a-kins) and one of the most notable catechins in green tea known to have benefits for skin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Yes, quite a mouthful to pronounce, let's stick to it’s acronym.

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