I tell my clients all the time that the best anti-aging cream isn't found in a $400 jar of *insert expensive brand name here* but in a simple container of a GOOD SPF.  

At least an SPF30.  Daily.  Every day.  Even when the clouds are out because if that sun is in the sky, hidden or not, then you are at risk of sun damage and pre-mature aging.  Period. End of story.  

I could go on and on about how toxic sunbathing is and how at this point if you don't already know that then you have far worse things to worry about.

I say this because if you don't know how bad sunbathing is for you (and this most certainly includes indoor tanning beds) then clearly you have been sheltered your whole life either under a rock or hidden away in a bunker somewhere.  

Hopefully neither of these are true.  

Yes the sun feels nice and warm on our skin and we can still enjoy that.....WITH PROTECTION. That said, this protection does not last all needs to be reapplied about every 90 minutes or so.  Especially if you are in the water.  

So please do yourself and your skin a favor and just protect it - it's the only one you get and although that golden glow might look pretty in your 20's......the damage it causes won't look so cute when you hit your 40's and beyond. 

Check out this great video to see what I mean.....

Cheers and enjoy the weather, just be smart about it. (Check out our sunscreen recommendations below the video)



The Fitzpatrick Scale.....What Is It & What Number Are You?


The Fitzpatrick scale (also Fitzpatrick skin typing test, or Fitzpatrick phototyping scale) is a numerical classification schema for human skin color.

It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvarddermatologist, as a way to classify the typical response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light.Later, it was updated to also contain a wider range of skin types.The Fitzpatrick scale remains a recognized tool for dermatological research into human skin pigmentation.

The following list shows the six categories of the Fitzpatrick scale, in relation to the 36 categories of the older von Luschan scale:

Type I (scores 0–6) Pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles — Always burns, never tans

Type II (scores 7–13) White; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes — Usually burns, tans minimally

Type III (scores 14–20) Cream white; fair with any hair or eye color; quite common — Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly

Type IV (scores 21–27) Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone — Rarely burns, always tans well

Type V (scores 28–34) Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types — Very rarely burns, tans very easily

Type VI (scores 35–36) Deeply pigmented dark brown to black — Never burns, tans very easily

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia