October 17, 2019
By Frederick Cheng (RPh), and Christine Cheng (RPh)
Q: How can I reverse the sun damage on my skin?
A: Wrinkles and age-spots are often associated with excessive sun exposure. Of course, prevention is key. A natural, physical sunscreen that does not contain nano-particles and which is reapplied often is best. Great examples are the THINKBABY line (lightly scented with natural oils) and the ATTITUDE line (fragrance-free). We use both lines for the entire family.
Vancouver-based physician, Dr. Morrell (MD), has an entire line of medical-grade skin-care that uses natural ingredients and offers several suncare options. In particular, the “DiMorelli BRIGHTENER” can gently exfoliate the skin, reduce inflammation, and reduce hyper-pigmentation with the use of witch hazel, and 3 natural acids derived from the likes of milk, wheat, soy, and mushrooms. Their “SPF 35 WITH VITAMIN E” uses 10% zinc oxide with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E as the main ingredients for a nice sunscreen that is safe on the face and can go under make-up.
PYCNOGENOL (by Organika) is extracted from the French maritime pine bark (from southwest France) for use in oral tablet and liquid forms as a potent anti-oxidant. For the skin, it promotes collagen and hyaluronic acid production, leading to supple, hydrated, smooth, youthful skin.
If you see age spots developing, be sure to consult your physician, especially if the spots are changing in colour, shape, or size. Once a diagnosis of age spots is confirmed, there are numerous viable, natural options to treat it and prevent progression of the hyper-pigmentation disease. Come speak with one of our integrative health pharmacists at Pharmasave Steveston Village to get the full scoop. We bring expertise from being in local communities for the past 35 years to help you safely and effectively combine the use of natural supplements with prescription options.