But it has to be a sunscreen that does a good job blocking UVA. UVA penetrates deeply into the skin, causing virtually all the "aging' of our skin and most skin cancers. It also goes through windows, which is why we need to be using it daily. Eleven minutes of UV exposure does more damage than the skin can repair in 24 hours.

After UVA blocking sunscreen, using topical vitamins such as A, C, and E can help protect and repair the skin when used daily. As we age, it also becomes more and more important to moisturize because dryness is a normal consequence of aging, and it's essential to help maintain that surface skin barrier. Dryness is also worse during cold winter months, so that more moisturizing may be necessary then.

As far as procedures to keep the skin healthy, Forever Young BBL is my favorite. Research from Stanford University has shown that regular treatments reverse the DNA damage from sun exposure or natural aging!! The treatments can be done in the office in half an hour without any anesthetic or downtime.

Peter Jenkin, MD, FAAD, FRCPC
Board-Certified Dermatologist,
Clinic Director
Dermatology Associates of Seattle

Peter Jenkin, Clinic Director and Board-Certified Dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Seattle is available for consultation. For scheduling and information, visit us at appointments.daseattle.com