By Dr. Kathleen Rosenblatt
Living in sun land, how can we get our precious Vitamin D without incurring melanomas or sun spots? How can we avoid reaping sun damage from all those childhood sunburns? If I’m tanning beautifully now as a twenty year old, does this mean that by age forty I will have premature leathery skin with dark spots? These are questions that apply to sun lovers of all ages, so we need answers.
Yes, it is a cruel truth that we mid-agers often have sun damage lurking under the dermal surface especially those of us who got the tanning bug in the nineteen-fifties and sixties before sunscreen had been invented.
The reason that our skin accumulates damage showing up later is that, as we grow older, our cellular reproduction begins to literally “make mistakes.” The body often creates nonfunctional cells and these sometimes interfere with other normal cellular processes. Abnormal cancerous processes are especially common in skin tissue as our ozone layer declines and exposes us to a more penetrating sun blast. Our wonderful sun is not the enemy; but our protective mantle is dwindling.
The skin is the first to receive the impact of city pollutants, but as an active detox organ, it also handles toxins from inside trying to get out. So if the other detox organs like the lungs and intestines are not functioning adequately, then toxins will exit through the skin, leaving pimples, brown spots, rashes and other unattractive flotsam on our skin. Therefore it is critical that we maintain a good diet, free of processed foods, free of soda—diet or otherwise—and free of sugar. Sugar lowers our immunity and encourages inflammation which can show up on the skin as well as in our muscles, joints and organs.
So we must avoid processed food and pollutants, along with excessive exposure to our mighty sun. Even if June gloom or the coastal marine layer seem to block the sunshine, the dangerous ultraviolet rays still come through. So apply generous sunscreen several times a day. Remember its active ingredients break down and deteriorate over time so check the expiration date. Although SPF 30 gives more protection than SPF 10 or SPF 15, anything above SPF 30 only provides a small increase in protection.
Once protected, we can take a moment to reappraise our relationship with the sun as our life giver, our benefactor, our source of energy. If we bask in its warmth. Connect with the sun and let it feed you in a personal celebration of light. We need to open our own solar plexus and make sure that our personal sun is radiating fully. Just remember the sunscreen!
Kathleen Rosenblatt, L.Ac, PhD, www.BrainBodyBliss.com, co-founder of first Acupuncture clinic in the U.S.–at UCLA. Worked many years with Cedars-Sinai psychologists. Author of metaphysical books in French & English, she blends multiple modalities with spiritual and electromagnetic treatments of pain & depression. Her Stress Relief CDs for the general public and Veterans with PTSD have been funded by Graham Nash. Please email DrKathleenR@BrainBodyBliss.com