Did you miss BeautyRx Live last week? If you did, you can watch the video below. Yet while it's worth watching the full video, here is a quick recap of the highlights.
Hermosa asked if it was ok to mix benzoyl peroxide and antioxidants. Dr. Schultz reveals that unfortunately this is not a match made in heaven. If applied together, the benzoyl peroxide will create oxidative stress that will destroy the antioxidants. (As a note, this is how antioxidants are supposed to work, but instead of protecting you from benzoyl peroxide, we want them to protect you against the damaging rays of the sun!) This also means antioxidants will not have a chance to absorb into the cells properly and neutralize the dangerous free radical energy that may reside there from sun damage. To allow your antioxidants a chance to do their job, apply your benzoyl peroxide products in the morning.
Sophia wanted to know how to enjoy her summer, sun damage-free, even though all sunscreens break her out. Dr. Schultz recommends using a chem-free sunscreen, such as the Maximum Sheer Cream SPF 50. The zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are much less likely to cause a reaction than traditional carbon based sunscreens. Also, chem-free sunscreens spread very easily, so you only need a little bit.
Barney asked another great sunscreen question: Why do you need to wear sunscreen if you only get limited sun exposure? Dr. Schultz explains that sun damage is additive. If you only get a few minutes of sun exposure here and there, it can amount to quite a lot. For example, if you only get six minutes a day, by the end of the week, it's as if you spent a half-hour at the beach unprotected. Instead, be sure to apply your sunscreen first thing when you get up, so it's there when you need it.
These are only a few of the questions that Dr. Schultz answered in this month's BeautyRx Live. To hear more, watch the video here. And remember to tune in August 15, 2 PM EST to have Dr. Schultz answer your question live!