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I treat many patients with serious skin damage caused by the sun.  Most people pay attention to the sun when vacationing in the South or West, but they don’t realize the sun can badly damage skin in Northeast Ohio.

I strongly recommend keeping Sun Protection Factor broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF 20) in your home, car, boat, beach bag and purse.  In fact, anyone six months or older should apply sunscreen daily.  Even if you work inside near a window, you are exposed to ultraviolet radiation.  Windows filter out UVB rays but not UVA rays.  While UVB rays are the main offender behind sunburns, UVA rays penetrate much deeper and cause severe skin wrinkling, leathering and photoaging. 

I strongly recommend three Vanek Cosmeceuticals products.  Phyto Protect SPF25 is an all-around broad-spectrum powerhouse.  You can use this unique Phyto-complex all over your body.  It also improves the appearance of fine lines while minimizing the short-term negative effects of harmful UV rays.  It is suitable for all skin types, sensitive, oily, rosacea, post-peel and -laser treatments, for $25.

Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 is paraben-free, and provides a sheer tinted coverage while hydrating the skin and protecting from free-radical damage.  The oil-free crème leaves a smooth, matte finish.  It’s available in three skin shades: light, medium, and dark, for $28.

Sunless Tan for Face and Body gradually provides a deep, dark, natural looking tan without sun exposure, for $30.  For lasting results, reapply this special face and body formulation every 2 weeks.  Be sure to protect your skin this Summer!

This article originally appeared in the News-Herald’s “Health Focus” on 5.29.17