By Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
We learned in Nursing that the skin is the biggest organ in the human body. It covers many of our body parts that it prominently shows particularly on the type of skin you have like if it’s dry or oily.
Dermatologist Karen Alabado-Laurel, M.D. of Skin Doctors Clinic at the 4th level of Gaisano Mall of Davao and Quinque at the basement of SM Lanang said skin care is a regimen you do for your skin to keep it clear and healthy.
Laurel said this usually involves a cleanser, a toner and/or moisturizer if needed, a night cream for skin rejuvenation for more mature skin and as always, a sunblock.
The known dermatologist in this city, Laurel also holds her clinic at San Pedro Hospital and still teaches in both Davao Medical School Foundation and helps train several medical residents at Southern Philippines Medical Center – Department of Dermatology.
“Your skin is the first thing everyone sees, especially your facial skin. So it’s important to keep it looking at its best. Skin care is important because it can help prevent premature wrinkles and pigmentations from occurring,” she said.
Dr. Laurel said one of the biggest factors that cause skin aging is the ultraviolet light. This is different from visible light or sunlight.
When you say SPF 15, it means that the sun block can protect the skin 15x more than if you aren’t wearing SPF/sunblock. The higher the SPF, the better since we don’t usually apply the right amount needed to get the actual SPF protection. One teaspoon is needed to adequately protect the face. Re-application is also needed especially after sweating, exposure to water or any physical activity. So if you apply an SPF 50 thinly you still get SPF 20-30 protection. It’s also important to check if the SPF stands for protection against UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C because some sunblocks can claim SPF 90 but it only protects you from UV-A.
Sun protection factor or more known as SPF is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet or UV rays.
About peddlers selling sunblock protection without any label or indication like what’s the SPF number, this should not be tolerated. “Dapat may logo or indication why it is SPF 150 or 120 or 50,” she said.
The young looking dermatologist also noted that it’s possible for a person NOT to have flaws, especially if it’s genetic. “Yes, some people are just lucky. But for those who have to work on it, maintaining a good skin regimen aimed at preventing wrinkles and dark spots will always help,” she explained.
Take note that eye wrinkles are of two kinds:
- Crow’s feet – also known as laugh lines on the sides of the eyes and caused by motion. Creams cannot remove this but botulinum toxin can.
- Fine lines under the eyes and around it visible even when you’re not smiling – these are age-related wrinkles from the loss of elasticity of the skin. Creams and moisturizers can help minimize these lines.
Of course, it always helps to eat the right kinds of food such as fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamins A, C, and E, which are the known antioxidants that help combat aging, the dermatologist concluded.