Chocolate and Your Skin – Is it true that chocolate can wreck your skin?

Chocolate and skin myth

Myth or Fact? Is Chocolate bad for your skin?

There is little evidence that chocolate causes acne, though a diet high in sugar and fat can increase sebum (oil) production in the skin, and promote inflammatory responses in the body – which can lead to acne.  Additionally, overindulging in sugary foods may lead to decreased consumption of fruits and vegetables containing nutrients that are critical to your skin’s health.

Both milk and white chocolate varieties contain dairy and sugar, which can trigger hormonal changes and inflammation. It is well-documented that dark chocolate has many benefits to our health, including the skin. The high cocoa content of dark chocolate means high amounts of antioxidants that protect the body’s cells against free radicals. That’s why we encourage you to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate when checking out from your appointment!

If you need a fix, stick to dark chocolate over white or milk varieties.

Myth: Chocolate is bad for your skin.
FALSE!

Bottom Line: Chocolate alone won’t wreck your skin. The best thing you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water and a skin care routine that corrects, prevents and protects the skin against sun damage and premature aging.

Learn why you need to wear Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day

wear sunscreen on cloudy day

Myth or Fact? I don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day!

Yes! UV rays can pass through both windows and clouds.

You need to apply a broad-spectrum SPF sun protector to protect your skin against the UV damage. A minimum of SPF 30 is recommended, daily, whether is sunny or not!

Do I really need to wear SPF when it’s cloudy and I’m at work?

Truck driver damaged skinThis image should motivate you to wear SPF while in the car!

This man is 69 years old, but half of his face looks much, much older than that. He was a trucker and, for 28 years, his face received much more sunlight on the left side, resulting on premature aging. We all know that being exposed to the sun makes you age prematurely, but seeing the dramatic difference in a single face is just stunning. 

His condition is called unilateral dermatoheliosis, from the Greek dermis (skin) and helios (sun). It’s also called photoaging, and it results from chronic exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In his case, it only affected the left side of his face because of his work. As he drove, he received more hours of sunlight through the left window of his vehicle.

Myth: I don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day.
FALSE!
Bottom Line: Yes, you need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin Cancer rates continue to climb – despite increased warnings. In the past few decades, the incidence of melanoma has risen 800 percent among women ages 18-39. Take measures to protect your skin daily, and perform regular skin checks to aid in early detection. Glamour magazine has published this self-check for seven years, and 84 readers were able to identify their own skin cancer or that of a loved one and sought treatment.  We hope Rejuvent patients will do the same!

Check yourself for skin cancer

1- Normal Mole:

A small brown spot that’s symmetrical and all one shade and that hasn’t changed over the years is probably nothing to worry about.

2- Dysplastic Nevus:

AKA an “atypical mole”. This tends to be dark with irregular borders.  It could become cancerous, so your doctor will remove it or keep a close eye on it.

3- Actinic Keratosis:

This potentially cancerous spot usually occurs on sun-exposed areas (scalp, lips, hands) and tends to look like a raised, rough, or scaly patch.

4- Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

Look for a reddish patch or wart-like bump that may crust or bleed.  Get it checked out ASAP – left untreated, it may spread.

5- Basal Cell Carcinoma:

The most common type of skin cancer, BCC forms deep in the skin and looks like a raised pink growth or a sore that won’t heal.

6- Melanoma:

This dangerous cancer has an irregular shape with blurred borders and tends to be dark brown or black in color, but it can also be multicolored.

Please visit your dermatologist if you are concerned about any skin lesions.  Annual full-body skin exams by a dermatologist are recommended for adults.


Sunscreen Q & A

How many times a day should I apply sunscreen?

Applying sunscreen in the morning will not protect you all day at the beach – or even daily errands.  Your SPF will protect you during the short times you need to be in the sun; it’s not meant to allow you to stand in the line of fire all day.  Reapply SPF 30 or higher every 60-80 minutes to protect yourself – and wear a hat!

What type of sunscreen should I buy? There are so many on the market!

Look for these words:  water-resistant, broad-spectrum, and an SPF of 30 or higher.  A sunscreen must block both UVA and UVB to be effective.

For your body, we recommend Revision Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF50, and for your face, try Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33. It doesn’t have that “sunblock-y” smell and is also available in three tinted versions to even skin tone while providing broad-spectrum sun protection.

Do I really need to wear SPF when it’s cloudy and I’m at work?

Yes!  UV rays can pass through both windows and clouds.Truck driver damaged skin
This image should motivate you to wear SPF in car!

This man is 69 years old, but half of his face looks much, much older than that. He was a trucker and, for 28 years, his face received much more sunlight on the left side, resulting on premature aging. We all know that being exposed to the sun makes you age prematurely, but seeing the dramatic difference in a single face is just stunning. 

His condition is called unilateral dermatoheliosis, from the Greek dermis   (skin) and helios (sun). It’s also called photoaging, and it results from chronic exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In his case, it only affected the left side of his face because of his work. As he drove, he received more hours of sunlight through the left window of his vehicle.

I wear foundation with SPF every day. Is that enough?

No.  Most foundations contain SPF 15 (not 30+!), and to get the SPF printed on the label, a thick, mask-like layer would need to be applied.  We recommend following your daily skin care regimen with your sunscreen, let products soak in for ten minutes, then apply makeup as usual.