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Energy-efficient Light Bulbs May Cause Skin Damage

Energy-efficient Light Bulbs May Cause Skin Damage

Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sun damage, but a new study on energy-efficient lightbulbs reveals that your skin cells could suffer indoors as well. Researchers from Stony Brook University in New York tested compact fluorescent light, or CFL, bulbs on human skin tissue and found that the UVA and UVC radiation damaged skin cells.

CFL bulbs are commonly used because they need less electricity and last longer than ordinary light bulbs. Phosphor coatings on the inside of the bulb should protect the skin from UVA and UVC exposure. However, the researchers found that in many cases, the phosphor linings had been compromised, cracked or damaged.

Luckily, skin damage from CFL bulbs can be mitigated with a few easy steps. First, seek out CFL bulbs that are “double-walled,” or coated with several layers of phosphor lining. Additionally, only use CFL bulbs if the bulbs are covered with an additional layer of glass or kept beneath a shade. For more information on maintaining healthy, glowing skin, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

BPA Linked to Heart Disease

The chemical Bisphenol-A, or BPA, has been making headlines for years. Commonly found in plastic, cans and receipts, the substance has been found to cause cancer and fetal health issues in numerous studies. Recently, the FDA even banned the chemical from use in baby bottles and sippy cups.

This month, researchers from the University of Exeter and the University of Cambridge published a study that establishes a link between elevated BPA levels in urine and narrowed arteries. The researchers examined 591 study participants, each with varying levels of arterial narrowing, and BPA levels in their urine. The results showed that in cases of high BPA levels, the liver allows some of the chemical to pass into the bloodstream. Although the FDA has not banned BPA altogether, multiple studies have linked the chemical to heart disease, diabetes and reproductive health issues.

Risk factors like heredity, smoking and obesity are more commonly attributed to heart disease, but researchers from the study claim that BPA intake should be added to the list. To avoid contact with BPA, limit consumption of foods and drinks in aluminum cans and avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles. For more information on maintaining your overall health, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

Guidelines for Choosing a Sunscreen

Sport, ultra-sheer, scented, organic, spray, long-lasting, hydrating… with all of the sunscreen options on the market today, how do you pick one that’s right for you? For healthy, undamaged skin, keep a few things in mind when you buy sunscreen:

  • SPF 30 or above. A sunscreen’s SPF is its Sun Protection Factor, or how effective it is at preventing sun damage. Avoid paying extra for SPFs higher than 30, because the difference between sunscreens after that point is negligible.
  • Broad spectrum coverage. The sun emits multiple types of ultraviolet rays, so you need to be protected from UVA and UVB. Check the label to make sure you’re receiving full protection.
  • Water resistance. Water resistance is especially helpful if you’re going to be swimming or sweating. However, even if you use water-resistant sunscreen, remember to re-apply every two hours.

Protecting your skin from sun damage is just as important for your health as wearing a seatbelt or eating healthy foods. For more information on keeping your skin soft, healthy, and wrinkle-free, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

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