Exposing your bare skin to the sun has been demonized by UVA oncology experts due to risk of skin cancer. But sunshine is vital to human health, playing a key role in Vitamin D synthesis and bone density. Moderating your sun exposure and protecting your skin when out in the sun make sense. But according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), most sunscreen products are loaded with toxic cancerous agents of their own, making them a poor choice for sun protection.
Taking a common-sense approach to sun exposure while optimizing your body’s own protective mechanisms is the best way to balance sun exposure and skin health. Learn common sense strategies for avoiding sun damage, and how NAD IV therapy can help.
How UVA1 Rays Cause Skin Damage
The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, the longest of which are UVA1 rays that remain relatively constant throughout the year. UVA1 rays are able to penetrate all cutaneous layers of the skin, affecting skin cells at every level, and imposing damaging oxidative stress. The use of tanning beds is not a viable alternative to natural sunlight, since they also emit UVA1 rays.
Excessive exposure to UVA1 rays can cause multiple biological changes in all dermal layers, including:
- Hyperpigmentation in the form of freckles, age spots and uneven pigmentation
- Inflammation of skin cells
- Immune system suppression
- Development of sun allergies
- Accelerated skin aging
- Loss of skin elasticity
- DNA lesions
- Various forms of skin cancer
In addition to avoiding excessive sun exposure, supporting your body’s protective mechanisms with nutrient therapy, ample hydration and a nutrient-dense diet can help you fight sun damage from the inside out.
The Protective Role of NAD Therapy
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a vital coenzyme that your body makes from nutrient precursors like nicotinamide (NAM) and tryptophan. NAD is present in every cell of your body and supports enzymatic activity in multiple facets of cellular metabolism. NAD plays a protective role in warding off damage from UVA rays
Recent research shows that NAD helps protect skin cells from sun damage in the following ways:
- Enhances DNA repair
- Reduces oxidative stress
- Inhibits the release of nitric oxide
- Blocks inflammation
- Prevents ATP depletion
- Boosts cellular energy production
- Reduces risk of skin cancer
- Prevents immune system suppression
- Inhibits skin aging
Although your body makes its own NAD, your NAD levels naturally decline as you age. In addition, modern Western diets are often deficient in NAM. People with primarily plant-based diets who avoid animal protein are especially at risk for NAD deficiency, because the richest sources of NAM are red meat, poultry and fish.
NAD IV therapy is a fast and effective way to boost your NAD levels. Regular NAD treatment will not only give you extra protection from the sun, but it will give you an energy boost and combat aging at the cellular level. When combined with sensible sun exposure and supported by antioxidants, NAD therapy can be a lethal weapon against aging, skin cancer, and other biological damage from sun exposure.
Common Sense Strategies for Avoiding Sun Damage
Many Americans begin to acquire sun damage early in life, from sunbathing to get a suntan, or from playing sports and exercising outdoors. Taking precautions against sun damage makes sense at any age, and starting at a young age will establish good habits that can save your skin from premature aging and cancer.
Try these simple strategies to protect your skin from UVA rays:
- Restrict sun exposure to early mornings and evenings
- Limit time spent sunbathing, and avoid getting sunburned
- Wear a hat outdoors, and cover up with light clothing
- Stay away from tanning beds
- Eat a whole foods diet rich in antioxidants, to offset oxidative stress
- Consume dietary sources of NAM, like red meat, poultry and fish
- Drink plenty of water to keep skin cells hydrated
- Use self-tanning creams and bronzers to get a golden glow without excessive sun exposure
Get NAD Protection from UVA Rays in NYC
Your body makes its own NAD from nutrient precursors found in your diet, but most people don’t eat enough nutrients to optimize NAD levels. As you age, NAD levels gradually taper off, leaving you vulnerable to sun damage and other undesirable health issues. NAD therapy slows the aging process while dramatically improving multiple markers for health and longevity.
NAD treatment has been shown to:
- Slow and reverse aging
- Ward off cancer
- Enhance cellular metabolism
- Boost energy production
- Sharpen cognitive function
- Support healthy skinv
- Aid in substance withdrawal
The best way to boost your NAD levels is via NAD IV therapy. When infused intravenously, NAD and other essential nutrients bypass the digestive process, ensuring maximum absorption. Once infused, NAD circulates to cells throughout your body, going right to work to repair DNA, support cellular processes, and protect your skin from sun damage.
For extra skin protection, consider an antioxidant vitamin IV cocktail with an NAD booster. To learn more, contact InVita Wellness on Broadway, and give your body the protection it needs to guard against sun damage, from the inside out.
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Fania, Luca, et al. “Role of nicotinamide in genomic stability and skin cancer chemoprevention.” International journal of molecular sciences 20.23 (2019): 5946.