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Safeguarding Skin: Living in Arizona, year-round skin care is a must

Keith Finney, 4, plays on the swing at Centennial Park Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by JC Amberlyn.

Keith Finney, 4, plays on the swing at Centennial Park Tuesday afternoon.

(StatePoint) – A day outdoors can be enjoyable, but keep in mind that this UV exposure can take its toll on skin health.

Researchers are identifying new potential ways to promote skin health from the inside out – before, during and after you spend time outdoors.

“Maintaining healthy DNA function safeguards your skin before and after spending time outdoors.” Dr. Michael A. Smith, M.D. said.

Researchers have confirmed that nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, plays a significant role in producing Adenosine Tri-phosphate (ATP), the molecule that fuels all your cells and powers their intracellular machinery, according to Dr. Smith. By doing so, it also facilitates healthy DNA function. This is especially important as UV exposure can affect production of ATP in skin cells, sapping those cells of the energy needed for their protective mechanisms to function properly.

Dr. Smith points out that as one ages, skin loses some of its natural defense mechanisms. However, nicotinamide has been shown to support the natural immune response needed to safeguard against the age-related effects of UV exposure.

Nicotinamide is found in dairy milk, yeast and beer, but to be sure to get your daily dose of nicotinamide, consider an oral supplement, such as Life Extension Shade Factor. Formulated to nourish skin from within the body, it provides 500 mg of vitamin B3. It also contains an extract that helps manage cellular changes in the body that can lead to premature aging from outdoor activity and promotes healthy DNA function, as well as Red Orange Complex, which supports the body’s natural immune response. More information can be found at

According to Dr. Smith, this product is not a substitute for topical sunscreens.

If you love the great outdoors, there is no need to give up your favorite hobbies, even as you age and your skin becomes more sensitive. New research suggests an inside out approach may be an effective way to help safeguard your body’s largest organ.