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Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Friday, August 25th, 2017

NOT ALL SUNSCREENS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Today, most of us are aware that we need to apply sunscreen when we are headed to the beach or going to be outside for an extended period of time on a hot July day but have you considered the effects of incidental sun exposure?

The principal reason our skin ages is not our age itself, but rather recurring sun exposure from birth onward. Studies indicate that approximately 80% of our lifetime sun exposure comes from incidental sun exposure, not from a day at the beach. Incidental sun exposure refers to the UV exposure you get while walking your dog, walking to your car, sitting in front of a window in your home or a restaurant, driving to work, etc.

While there is no question that you need to apply and re-apply sunscreen when you are at the beach, it’s also failing to apply a sufficient amount of “proven-effective” broad-spectrum UVA / UVB sunscreen 365 days per year that will speed up your aging process and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. So if you are concerned about looking younger longer, protecting yourself from incidental sun exposure is paramount.

The difficult part of choosing a sunscreen is knowing which ones really offer you the protection you need. Not all sunscreens are created equal.  Some sunscreens offer broad-spectrum protection, while some do not. Some sunscreens are considered physical sunscreens (our preference) and some are considered chemical sunscreens.  More-importantly, some sunscreens are “medical-grade” and must be FDA regulated to prove it’s effectiveness, strength, ingredient content and stability while OTC sunscreens do not have to be regulated.  Chemical sunscreens can cause irritation or stinging when applied to sensitive skin types while physical sunscreens will not.

Sunscreens work by either using titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to physically reflect the sun’s rays or by use of absorbent ingredients referred to as chemical sunscreens, which absorb and break down the UV radiation. Some sunscreens use a combination of both. When choosing a sunscreen, there are some very important elements to look for. Look for labels that say “broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection” and check the ingredient label to make sure it contains micronized zinc oxide and / or titanium dioxide at sufficient levels.   For example, Physical Defense Sunscreen by Castillo MD Skin Science contains 10% Zinc Oxide and 5.5% Titanium Dioxide and Sun Defense Sunscreen contains 12% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octinoxate.

For years the media has drilled the importance of “SPF” into our heads.  It is used on labels with cosmetics, moisturizers and sunscreens, but gives us a false sense of protection. SPF (sun protection factor) actually refers only to UVB, a shallow ray that causes skin burns / tans & skin cancer. It is of great importance that we are protected from daily UVA exposure as well. UVA rays are deeper penetrating rays known as “the aging rays.” They are responsible for pre-mature photo-aging and hyperpigmentation, along with some skin cancers.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we recommend using a medical-grade physical sunscreens rather than chemical sunscreens for optimal protection. I prefer Physical Defense, Prime Defense or Sun Defense for the face and Body Guard for the body. Theses sunscreens by Castillo MD Skin Science are medical-grade and all contain high levels of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and some contain Octinoxate as well. These medical-grade sunscreens contain important physical (mineral) components we find necessary to provide effective protection:

  1. Finely Micronized Zinc Oxide – 10% -12%
  2. Titanium Dioxide – 5.5% – 8%
  3. Tint (iron oxides) – tinted sunscreen reflects the sun’s powerful rays as an added source of protection.
  4. Antioxidants – to provide future protection against UV and environmental sun damage.
  5. Water resistance (up to 80 minutes). There is no such thing as truly “water-proof,” as all sunscreens will break down within about 80 minutes when exposed to water or perspiration.

I recommend these sunscreens for a few reasons. They are formulated with the highest percentages of Titanium Dioxide and / or Zinc Oxide that I have used to date. I also like that don’t don’t feel like sunscreens. They are not sticky or smelly and actually enhance the appearance of your cosmetics and your bare skin. The cosmetically elegant formulation found in these sunscreens makes them perfect for daily use.

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Interview with Skin & Laser Specialist, Roxanne – Question #3

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Question: Why do people come to the skin rejuvenation suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?

3057Roxanne: “Most men and women, even teens simply want to become a better version of themselves.

  • They may have a special occasion coming up like a wedding, vacation or new job.
  • They may want to learn more about how CO2 Micro-Fractional laser resurfacing can improve their lines, wrinkles, texture and brown spots to give them a fresher, more youthful look.3182014 101
  • Some are seeking one of our signature facials or microdermabrasion to relief stress and brighten their appearance while others are working on self-improvement with chemical peels, hair reduction or vein therapy.“
  • In January of this year, to support the services that the skin rejuvenation suite offers, Dr. Castillo introduced his medical-grade skincare line https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skincare-products.cfm   [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Message’ type=’textarea’/][/contact-form]
  • The new skincare line has been a huge success and the results speak for themselves! This has brought a new sector of patients to us who are simply tired of being disappointed by empty promises made by over-the-counter skincare product lines. Trial sizes are available for most of the products so patients can try them out before purchasing a full size product. It is a nice benefit for the patient and they come back so excited, bursting with compliments about the skincare products they tried. As I always say, “you don’t need a cabinet full of skincare products, just the right products and knowledge to know the difference!”Microdermabrasion ScrubIMG_2054

Lush Simplicity Kit

“Castillo MD Skin Science” Skincare

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

For those of you who have not been in the office lately or  do not receive our monthly electronic newsletter,  https://www.facebook.com/DrCastilloCosmeticPlasticSurgery/app_141428856257   you are missing out on Dr. Castillo’s BIG NEWS!!  So let me fill you in…Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 9/11/12

For anyone who has ever spent anytime with Dr. Castillo, I’m sure you’ve picked up on the idea that he may just be a bit an an over-achiever with his long list of impressive credentials, over 30 some years of achieving excellence in cosmetic surgery, Past-President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, he holds not one, not two, but three board-certifications!  He has been involved in countless community service events, lectured around the world and spent years mentoring upcoming medical students, and is a published author, all while remaining an involved father of two, and grandfather. Did I mention he also holds the highest ranking possible as a commercial and private pilot?  All those achievements take some serious dedication and discipline!  That’s the kind of surgeon I want, wouldn’t you agree?

It seems he has been up to something once again!  Yet another accomplishment to announce on his long list.

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In January, 2015, Dr. Castillo announced the development and arrival of his new, comprehensive,  medical-grade skincare line using only the most advanced, scientific based, proven-effective ingredients. His goal was to build a results oriented medical-grade skincare line that would provide real improvements for our patients at an affordable price point. All of the hard work has finally paid off and we are very proud to invite you to experience “Castillo MD Skin Science.”

I have been using different products from the line and couldn’t be more impressed with the rapid results and impressive improvements in my skin.  As the skincare specialist her at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, I am so excited to be able to offer our skincare, laser resurfacing and surgical patients such as advanced line of effective skincare.  Castillo MD Skin Science is sure to build a loyal following of satisfied patients.  It certainly has me hooked!

Castillo MD Skin Science is a sophisticated, anti-aging product line that is optimized to improve a wide range of aging skin concerns including hyper pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, sun Tretinol Serum Neck Refining Therapydamage, poor texture, proper hydration and of course sun protection!

 

So why does Dr. Castillo believe medical-grade skincare is a better investment that over-the-counter skincare?

  • When professional or medical-grade products are made available to you through a licensed physician, the law allows for higher concentrations of active ingredients in those products.

Why is this important to you?

  • This means you are getting more effective formulations which can provide better, faster results and less disappointments from products that don’t work.
  • It also means that you receive an expert skin evaluation, with recommendations from a specially trained expert on creating a custom at home skincare regimen that is customized for your specific skin needs.  Skincare regimens are not meant to be a”cookie-cutter” system but are often treated that way over-the-counter.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center we believe skincare regimens should be customized for the individual.  It is no different that needing eyeglasses.  Would you be happy wearing someone else’s prescription glasses?  Of course not. You could see a specialist who can offer a prescription the is customized just for you.  Why would you settle for anything less with your skincare?

Schedule your free skincare consultation to learn how “Castillo MD Skin Science” can help you achieve and maintain lasting improvements in the way your skin looks, acts & feels!  To learn more about the 28 specialty products available in both Dr. Castillo’s Savoy (Champaign-Urbana) and Bloomington locations visit his website at https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skincare-products.cfm

Whose ready for radiant skin?

Yours Truly,

 

Roxanne Leopard Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Ask Our Expert: What is the best type of sunscreen?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

Q: What is the best type of sunscreen?

A: Historically, it has been shown that physical sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA & UVB radiation and are less likely to cause skin irritation.  Dr. Castillo, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging expert  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/ recommends medical-grade, physical sunscreens to all his patients.

There are two divisions of sunscreen ingredients; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect the UV radiation while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation and break it down within the skin. Some sunscreens contain both a physical and a chemical component.

There are two types of physical sunscreens available; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Today, these ingredients can be found in finely micronized, nano-sphere  form which allows for ease of daily use. Not only does zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide needed broad-spectrum coverage but they are also beneficial to those who have sensitive skin or are irritated by chemical ingredients.

You will typically find multiple active ingredients listed in chemical sunscreen.  Each chemical ingredient protects only against a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Be aware that at this time many over-the-counter sunscreens protect against UVB rays only, although there are a few chemical ingredients like Oxybenzone that do offer UVA/UVB protection. Therefore, when purchasing over the counter sunscreen, it is important to examine the label for the claim “broad-spectrum.”  Also look for a sunscreen that says “very water resistant.”  However, keep in mind that even the best water resistant sunscreens can only protect you for 80 minutes.  Then you will need to re-apply.

With inconsistent OTC product labels and the idea that active ingredients in sunscreens differ from manufacturer to manufacturer it can be difficult to decipher all of them so I have provided at chart of the more common ingredients found in sunscreens.  When in doubt whether a sunscreen will effectively protect you and your family, I recommend selecting a medical grade sunscreen from your local cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our patient’s favorite sunscreens are:

Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers medical grade 12% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Prime Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers 10% Titanium Dioxide, 4% Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an added skin primer.

 

Chemical & physical ingredients found in sunscreens.

Ingredient:                                            Ray Type:

Avobenzone UVA
Dioxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Homosalate UVB
Octocrylene UVB
Octyl methoxycinnamate UVB
Octisalate UVB
Oxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Padimate O UVB
Mexoryl UVA/UVB
Titanium dioxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum
Trolamine salicylate UVB
Zinc oxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum

WARNING: You must actually apply the sunscreen to your skin.  Just purchasing it will not provide sufficient protection! lol

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                 https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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ASK OUR EXPERT: Maintaining beautiful skin

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Q: Lately, friends have made comments about me looking tired. They are right, I do look tired. My skin just looks dull. I am starting to develop lines and brown spots! I even seem to have extra “baggage” around my jaw line. I am only 43 years old! How can that be? I am very a bubbly, energetic decorator / designer who sleeps and eats well. I haven’t really worried about skincare in the past because my skin has always looked great. How can I avoid looking older than I am and definitely older than I feel? Is it too early to start using anti-aging products and treatments?

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…
Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home.  Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).
There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…

Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can just be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home. Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).

There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

  1. Daily (that’s 365) use of UVA / UVB sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher.
  2. Continued exfoliation (retinol, Retin-A, glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, chemical peels…)
  3. The proper use of moisturizers.

The best way to avoid looking older is to protect your skin 365 days of the year. Many patient’s have said “Roxanne, if I only use one skincare product on my skin, what would you recommend?”  I can assure you my answer is always the same – “UVA / UVB broad- spectrum SUNSCREEN.”  All other anti-aging skincare products are pointless if you are not using sun protection.  I would recommend that you refer back to two earlier blog posting’s (if you haven’t already).

Medical-grade skincare products are the best way to properly moisturize and maintain the skin. These products are dispensed only by a physician. They are not available over-the-counter because they are generally of a much higher concentration. A daily medical-grade skincare program will help maintain results from skin treatments and reverse signs of aging.

There are some simple, effective, in-office treatment options for early maintenance. Medical microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, or intense pulsed light photo facials can help to restore a youthful appearance. You might be surprised how much younger one can look by just evening out the skin tone, removing brown spots and keeping the skin well hydrated. CO2 CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser ResurfacingMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing can more aggressively reduce lines and brown spots, build new collagen and improve skin texture and laxity. Using a combination of both in-office skin treatments and a medical-grade home skincare program will give you the best results in early skin restoration.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute. Please contact us for additional information at  217-3508 Roxanne Hammond, RMA
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G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Real or Fake… You Decide

Monday, July 6th, 2009
We know that for decades long, full lashes have been a sign of higher beauty. So what makes those who tout lengthy, charming lashes leave a lasting imprint on the minds of so many? Think about it. If you were asked to name some of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the past, who would come to mind…Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe. What do you remember about their beauty? It’s their eyes right? These American Beauties were seen all around, flaunting their graceful yet alluring lashes on the silver screen, in photos and magazines. It made them appear mysterious, desirable, and memorable.  What woman doesn’t want that? Sign me up!
Many would say that among other cosmetic enhancements, eyelash enhancement was born in Hollywood.   However, I think we can date it back a bit further than Hollywood. In the first century, Egyptians rubbed kohl on their lashes to draw attention to their eyes.
Beauty legend says that in 1916, D.W. Griffith, an American movie director created the first pair of false eyelashes. His desire was for his leading lady to have eyelashes that were so long that they would gently lay upon her cheeks as she blinked or looked down in thought.
Over the past few years, there has been a vast increase in the number of us “non-celebrities” who are now touting a set of false eyelashes on a daily basis. These days everyone wants to leave an impression.
Unfortunately, wearing false eyelashes is often easier said than done and expensive too. It can be a minimum of $30.00 per week with higher end lash extensions in upwards of $300.00 per application. The glue can leave your skin irritated, itchy and it can break down the skin over time. The trauma of wearing false eyelashes often results in a loss of your real lashes. It is time consuming as they typically have to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. By the time we care properly for our skin, apply our make-up, shave our legs, keep up with the latest hair trend, who has time to add another beauty step to their schedule?  Imagine speaking to a group of people, or sitting across an intimate table for two and one of your false lashes falls to the floor.  What now? I think buying “fake” may be a purchase better suited for your “Prada”.
That is where the genius discovery of Latisse comes in. Why walk around batting those false lashes when you can have the real thing? Latisse is sweeping the cosmetic industry by storm and putting smiles on the faces of women across the country. Best of all, it’s easy to use and results are seen as soon as 2 weeks!
Stop back as we will be discussing the easy application of Latisse and quotes from some of our patients who are currently using Latisse.

ITS NOT MAGIC - ITS LATISSE TO PATIENTSWe know that for decades long, full lashes have been a sign of higher beauty. So what makes those who tout lengthy, charming lashes leave a lasting imprint on the minds of so many? Think about it. If you were asked to name some of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the past, who would come to mind…Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe. What do you remember about their beauty? It’s their eyes right? These American Beauties were seen all around, flaunting their graceful yet alluring lashes on the silver screen, in photos and magazines. It made them appear mysterious, desirable, and memorable.  What woman doesn’t want that? Sign me up!

Many would say that among other cosmetic enhancements, eyelash enhancement was born in Hollywood.   However, I think we can date it back a bit further than Hollywood. In the first century, Egyptians rubbed kohl on their lashes to draw attention to their eyes.

Beauty legend says that in 1916, D.W. Griffith, an American movie director created the first pair of false eyelashes. His desire was for his leading lady to have eyelashes that were so long that they would gently lay upon her cheeks as she blinked or looked down in thought.

Over the past few years, there has been a vast increase in the number of us “non-celebrities” who are now touting a set of false eyelashes on a daily basis. These days everyone wants to leave an impression.

Unfortunately, wearing false eyelashes is often easier said than done and expensive too. It can be a minimum of $30.00 per week with higher end lash extensions in upwards of $300.00 per application. The glue can leave your skin irritated, itchy and it can break down the skin over time. The trauma of wearing false eyelashes often results in a loss of your real lashes. It is time consuming as they typically have to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. By the time we care properly for our skin, apply our make-up, shave our legs, keep up with the latest hair trend, who has time to add another time-consuming beauty step to their schedule?  Imagine speaking to a group of people, or sitting across an intimate table for two when one of your false eye lashes falls to the floor.  What now? I think buying “fake” may be a purchase better suited for your “Prada”.

That is where the genius discovery of Latisse comes in. Why walk around batting those false lashes when you can have the real thing? Latisse is sweeping the cosmetic industry by storm and putting smiles on the faces of women across the country. Best of all, it’s easy to use and results are seen as soon as 3-4 weeks!  Schedule a consultation with G.D. Castillo, M.D. to discover if Latisse is right for you.  217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana il) or 309-662-0436 Bloomington Il.

 

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington