Freed From Quarantine

Patty Christopher, MS,PT


Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

Finally freed from the confines of quarantine, and on the cusp of summer, many are outside enjoying the parks and beautiful natural environment of East Tennessee.

In this moderate climate (and also during winter months), the need to protect ourselves from the damaging effects of the sun is often forgotten and overlooked. All year long, but especially during summer months when the sun is closer to us, and when most are spending more time outside, it is vital to protect ourselves with a high-quality sunscreen.

The sun-and other pollutants-cause damage to our skin by increasing the rate of natural cellular processes that release free radicals into the skin.

These molecules damage the support structure of the skin, causing sagging and eventually, wrinkles. Hyper-pigmentation and age spots, and changes in tone and texture of the skin can also occur. The sun can also cause damage to DNA, the basic component of living cells, which then leads to other health concerns, such as accelerated aging and disease.

Adding collagen to your diet will improve the structure of your skin, and a broad spectrum sunscreen applied prior to sun exposure will help minimize free-radical damage before it happens. (Collagen, which is also a protein, can also help decrease hunger.) Also, everyday skincare products and make-up can either harm or protect the skin. Look for products that already contain a broad spectrum sunscreen, and vitamins and other nutrients that help nourish and hydrate the skin.

“Our Glo Skin Beauty Make-Up and Skincare products contain vitamins A, C and E, all of which are antioxidants. Antioxidants bind with free radicals and help eliminate them before they cause damage to the skin,” says Elizabeth of Advanced Weight Loss and Wellness.

Lastly, replenishing the fluids lost through perspiration and breathing is important to many body functions and to the health of your skin. For more information on protecting your skin from sun and environmental damage, go to