Skin & Hair Tips by Dr. Knight
Current Skin Issues
Let's Talk About Year Around Sunscreens!
Sunscreen Considerations: Chemical vs. Mineral
The FDA has found absorption of some of the chemicals from sunscreens into our bodies beyond the allowed amount of 0.5 ng/ml. Their effect is unknown. The chemicals of concern are:
avobensone ecamsule octocrylate octisalate oxibenzone
Mineral sunscreens include the ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. When applied, they do not enter the body but absorb UV rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays and can be absorbed into the body.
More studies will be done but in the meantime, continue using your sunscreen for protection.
You can ALSO:
Wear clothing and hats manufactured for sun protection
Avoid peak UV times of the day (11am -2pm)
Take advantage of shady areas when you can
Wear sunglasses that offer UV protection
Begin to wear hats if you have thinning or loss of hair
Let's Talk About Sunscreens Part 2
Use The Following Criteria When Choosing a Sunscreen
Choose a company/brand that has a history in SKIN CARE not sun tanning.
Neutrogena, Aveeno, Elta, Blue Lizard are very reputable companies
Is this sunscreen for the face or the body?
A less expensive sunscreen can be used on the body with an oily or zinc base
Is your face oily, dry, normal or combo?
Your sunscreen should leave a matte finish on your face, not oily or too dry
Are the ingredients natural or in question?
Zinc is organic. Chemicals are a concern but their safety hasn't been studied yet.
Do you have skin of color?
To avoid a whitish or bluish appearance, the zinc needs to be tinted and micronized. The chemical sunscreens that do not give the bluish appearance unfortunately are under FDA scrutiny.
To Our 'Naturalistas'
Beginning the journey? I don't suggest cutting your hair unless you are aiming
for a designated shape. If you have hair loss, you may need longer hair for
coverage in some areas (which you will find out after you begin styling).
Slowly cutting/trimming your hair is more safe to achieve your look while
working into the style your hair chooses for you!
Most begin with a moisturizing cleanser, a rinse out conditioner, a leave-in conditioner and a curling product (or mix and create your own). Time will tell which brands/items perform the best for you. Then, it's about methodology.
A large wide toothed comb, a Denman brush (or similar effect styling tool), a spray bottle with water and clips to section and hold the hair are needed. Keep the hair very wet, section and detangle the hair, working one section at a time. Apply products you like (one of the many oils/butters, curling cream, etc.) and set the curl - curly and wavy with the Denman, 3 strand, 2 strand, single strand twists and mild heat. Finish with air drying if needed but the hair should be completely dry. Then finger style or manipulate your hair into the style you desire using styling aids minimally to avoid disturbing your curl or dried segments.
Reading the 'Reviews' on products you are considering purchasing can be very helpful. In addition, instructional videos and information may be seen on sites like Hair Rules, Sally's, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. More to come!
Current Hair Issues
Which of these women will experience progressive hair loss later in life?
Answer . . .
The 2nd and 3rd women will - due to prolonged traction (pull) from their twists/braids as well as pinning of the knots to the scalp. The hair of the model in the middle appears to be thinning already with widely spaced parts showing on her scalp. All have natural hair but the first model has no pull or traction on the follicles. This allows for continued health (no inflammation) of the scalp and nourishment with a good blood supply to the hair bulbs. With time, her hair will show some thinning with age but no excessive hair loss or balding.