You may feel inundated with sunscreen information, but apparently, it hasn’t been enough to help stop skin cancer from occurring at an increasing rate. One of the most important things you can do is use sunscreen every day. Zinc Oxide is one of the safest and most effective active ingredients in sun protection. It provides a physical (not chemical) barrier between you and the sun. Invisible Zinc® Sunscreen uses micro-fine Zinc Oxide (not nano) which makes it cosmetically elegant and invisible to the naked eye while still providing outstanding broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.


The head is incredibly susceptible to UV rays, but it’s often forgotten. A hat is the best form of protection, but you can also apply sunscreen along your part, on your ears, on the back of your neck, and other frequently overlooked areas. You may also want to use hair-care products that contain UV filters like Neil George Conditioning and detangle spray with UV Protector. Look for products infused with the botanicals jojoba and calendula to condition and protect your hair from the perils of heat and the environment.

Keep in mind that everyone needs a little sun exposure. The problem is, we don’t know when to stop. Without enough sunlight, the body might not build up enough vitamin D, which helps protect from cancer and a host of other illnesses. That is why the flu is more prevalent in the winter when we tend to get less exposure. Try to get at least 10,000 IU of Vitamin D, either by lying in the sun for about 15 minutes or by taking a daily supplement.

Dr. Pat Maxwell