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Newsletter 2017
Is SPF 15 really “good enough”? Don’t settle for the minimum
Shopping around for sunscreen? You’ve likely heard SPF 15 is the “magic number.” While that’s good walking-around-town protection, SPF 30 should be your target when you’re outside for longer than an hour.

A sun protection factor of 30 blocks 97 percent of the sun’s rays, while SPF 15 blocks 93 percent. While that may not sound like a significant difference, think about the percentage of rays still getting through to your skin. That 7 percent versus 3 percent means SPF 30 offers at least double the protection you get from the many cosmetic and skincare products with minimal SPF.

You can’t layer your way to SPF 30. In other words, an SPF 15 lotion and an SPF 15 foundation don’t equal SPF 30. Products with greater protection also account for our human tendency to under-apply sunscreen. Keep your skin healthy, happy, and youthful-looking. When in doubt, reach for 30!

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Shine a light on Vitamin D; balance “sunshine” vitamin with sun protection
You probably know the importance of wearing sunscreen. It’s just a matter of selecting the right sun protection and applying it properly. We’re adding another consideration to the mix. A study published recently in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association reports almost 1 billion people worldwide get too little vitamin D.

D is the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced when the skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. Since Vitamin D receptors are found in almost every type of cell, it plays an important role is functions from immune to inflammatory response. A host of symptoms may be rooted in deficiencies, including muscle weakness and bone fractures.

Wearing SPF 15 decreases Vitamin D production by 99 percent, so it’s important to balance your body’s metabolic requirements and sun protection needs. Because some skin tones can burn significantly in as little as 30 minutes of midday sun exposure, we recommend:
  • Taking supplements that contain the vitamin as directed
  • Enjoying fortified milk, cereals, and food sources such as Portobello mushrooms and eggs
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Moisturizing and dieting toward a beach-ready body? The cellulite truths
Nothing ruins a cute bikini or confidence faster than the peaks and valleys of cellulite. An estimated 90 percent of women will develop this condition, usually as 20- and 30-somethings and in direct correlation with declining estrogen levels.

Don’t hide your legs; embrace them. Let’s cut through the myths to approaches worth your time, money, and sweat.

Myth: If I lose more weight, I can lose cellulite, too.

The truth: Cellulite’s genetic, hormonal, and age-related causes are many. Since it affects most women, it’s easy to see how even the slimmest and fittest are frustrated by lingering dimples. Diet and exercise alone can make dimples look less obvious, but will not do away with cellulite completely.

Myth: I’ll lotion my way to cellulite-free skin.

The truth: You can’t. Many creams may promise miracles, cellulite starts deep in the skin. As fat accumulates, the fibers that connect skin to muscle get stretched, which causes an uneven surface. No store-bought product has been shown to trigger lasting improvements.

Dermatologists are equipped with the latest noninvasive procedures and prescription products to improve the look of or get rid of cellulite. Call today before another summer gets away.

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" Dr. Chang is awesome! She really has a friendly upbeat attitude. Within a few moments you will sense her empathy and intellectual prowess. I recommend my family and friends who are in need of an excellent Dermatologist call Dr. Chang. In addition to excellent medical care, I was provided with exceptional customer service! I wish I wrote down there names but the definitely deserve a highlight cause they were so positive and accommodating even though they were really busy! I was really uncomfortable and they went out of there way to make sure I was seen ASAP! Thank you so much! "

By Eric E, Union City.

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