Sun Safety with Dr Gordon Telford

There’s a heat wave underway on the west coast, so you know it’s about time I climb up on my soap box and preach the importance of sun protection. SPF is no laughing matter, so I’m getting serious with a real live professional to give you all the reasons why you should slather on the sunblock this summer.

I chatted with dermatologist Dr. Gordon Telford (skin specialist and award-winning researcher) about the impact of sun damage, how we can prevent it, and what to do if we unfortunately suffer from it.

sun shining

Oh, hey look. It’s the sun. Via my Instagram

1) How do we best protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays?

Avoid sun exposure, wear protective clothing, and wear daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Also, the use of topical retinyl palmitate (a natural vitamin A that is the key ingredient in Cloud Vitamin Cream [available here]) daily extends protection to include the full spectrum of the sun’s rays, including UVA, UVB, visible light, and infrared.

cloud vitamin cream bottle

2) What are the immediate and long-term effects of sun damage on our skin?

Immediate effects include sunburn and tanning. A sunburn is an overwhelming injury to the skin and tanning is a delayed response to skin injury.
Long-term effects include pigmentary changes, such as persistent brown patches and freckles that don’t go away in winter. We also see lines and wrinkles, and laxity, meaning bags around the eyes, jowls, and loose skin.

The most severe long-term effect is skin cancer. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people will experience one form or another of skin cancer during their lifetime. Risk factors include: fair skin skin, amount of time spend in the sun, where you live and most of all, family history.

3) Is there any effective way to reverse the damage once it has been done?

Yes, there is a non-surgical, non-invasive way to reverse the damage. There are 4 vitamin molecules that can be used topically, each of which is unique and has substantial scientific literature demonstrating its ability to reverse chronic sun damage. They are:
•Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
• B3 (Niacinimide – Dr. Oz calls this “Botox in a bottle”) [available here]
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E

4) We know that wearing sunscreen is one of the most important ways to prevent premature aging, but are there any other ways we can keep our skin looking youthful as we age?

Sunscreens are important for preventing sunburn, preventing some forms of skin cancer, and preventing sun induced premature aging caused by UV rays, however they do not protect from the rest of the sun’s spectrum. Sun-induced aging is also caused by visible and infrared rays, and this is where Vitamin A helps with prevention. Vitamin A protects from all the of the suns rays, thereby helping to both reverse and prevent premature aging.

cloud vitamin cream box

Dr Telford references Cloud Vitamin Cream, which I’ve been using since summer officially began; it blocks 93% of the sun’s harmful rays and protects against skin injuries inflicted by pollution and smoke as well. It’s free of parabens and fragrances; it’s so gentle I can use it on my much-assaulted, acne-prone skin (seriously, I use an ultra-strong prescription acne medication that makes almost everything feel like my face is on fire, but this stuff doesn’t cause any redness or pain).  You can find more about Cloud Vitamin Cream here.

Much love, Madison Blake

3 Responses to “Sun Safety with Dr Gordon Telford”
  1. positivekarisma says:

    I am looking forward to reading your future posts ❤ !

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