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The Truth About Keeping Your Skin Safe From Sun Damage

If you want to have healthy, smooth, even-toned skin and good health later in life you may want to update your knowledge on the exposure of your skin in the sun and common myths, which can 
jeopardise long-term skin health!

Myth   all sunscreens protect against UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays.

"Many people think that applying any older SPF will help keep us safe from both kinds of the suns harmful rays, says Sharon Maxwell, International Dermal Institute. "Unfortunately, this is not true.

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) theoretically indicates how long it will take for UVB rays the main cause of sunburn to burn the skin. For example, SPF 15 allows a person to stay in the sun 15 times longer without burning than they could without sunscreen. This has nothing to do with UVA rays, which are the same rays emitted by sun beds. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and play a major part in accelerating the signs of skin ageing and generating skin cancer.

To protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, dont just buy a product with an SPF of 15 or higher. Make sure it is labelled "Broad Spectrum, which means it contains a combination of ingredients known to protect skin against both types of UV rays.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a "liberal use of SPF 30 for the body, and reapplying every two hours or after swimming or exercising. For the face, the rule of thumb is one teaspoon of sunscreen to deliver the SPF on the package.

Myth A base tan will protect me from the sun.

There is no such thing as a safe tan. By definition, a suntan is your skins defence to bring harmed by UV exposure. Your cells respond to the affront by producing more melanin (pigment), and your skin darkens as a result. There is nothing healthy or preventive to be gained from trying to acquire a base tan. 

The same goes for the "but I need Vitamin D argument. Experts agree that after 15 minutes in the sun, your skin stops producing the vitamin; if it didn't, toxic levels would make you sick. Vitamin D can also be acquired through food and supplements, which negate the need to spend too much time in the sun.

Myth its cloudy outside! I dont need sunscreen.

Sun damage doesn't just happen during the summer months or at the beach. Photo damage or UV exposure (which causes ageing) can offer from exposure to daylight through glass and eve fluorescent indoor lighting. This is why protecting of photo ageing is preventable by wearing a Broad Spectrum sunscreen daily, so lather up!

Dermalogica Products

Here are some of the favourite Dermalogica skin care products containing a 'Broad Spectrum' SPF, as prescribed by your Dermalogica beauty therapist and purchased from our website in the daylight defense category.

Created On  6 Apr 2016 15:14 in April 2016  -  Permalink


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