If you think your broad spectrum, high SPF sun protection has got you covered for all possible sun related damage you might be surprised to learn that a new study by Yale University cancer researchers has revealed some compelling news. The cell-damaging effects of ultra-violet rays may continue for some time, even after you leave the sun. Surprised? The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “product formulators are now seeing after-sun care as another line of defense to stop cell mutations and photo aging in its tracks.”
We asked Dr. Audrey Kunin, board certified dermatologist and founder of DERMAdoctor Skincare for her take on this matter and what can be done to help prevent cell mutations and further protect yourself post-sun. Dr. Kunin highly recommends you look for products that contain both vitamin C and vitamin E to take care of your post-sun exposure concerns. She says “Vitamin C exerts a UV protective effect by neutralizing the free radicals created by UV rays.” She also addresses the fact that though Vitamin C neither blocks nor absorbs UV rays like a sunscreen does, it helps in photo protection by transforming harmful UV photo into harmless heat and actually “works 4 times better when combined with Vitamin E.”
Clearly, in conjunction with your sun protection, there’s no reason not to use after sun skin care in the form of topical vitamins C and E as an additional line of defense. Besides antioxidant protection, these ingredients also offer a multitude of anti-aging complexion benefits.
DERMAdoctor Kakadu C™ Vitamin C Serum with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E ($95) brightens, smoothes, firms, lessens lines and wrinkles and softens skin as it provides advanced protection against environmental damage thanks to its potent, lightweight formula containing 20% stabilized Vitamin C enriched with Kakadu Plum, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E. A percentage of the proceeds of this serum will be donated to the Kimberley Training Institute of Western Australia to help build Aboriginal community enterprises based on the Kakadu Plum.
Skinceauticals C E Ferulic ($162) remains effective for at least 72 hours after it’s been applied for a little-added insurance in case you skip a day. It’s also formulated to increase firmness and replenish lipids for a visible reduction in lines and wrinkles. Formulated with 15% vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid to neutralize free radicals, 1% vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol to replenish lipids and prevent free radical damage and .5% Ferulic Acid, another powerful antioxidant.
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum ($85) incorporates the amazonian camu camu berry which is extremely high in vitamin C — it actually has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange — in its serum to improve collagen production, brighten your complexion, smooth uneven texture, tighten and firm and protect against oxidative stress. It has a low molecular weight to more easily absorb and is blended with vitamins A, D & E, powerful anti-agers on their own.