Summer heralds the start of more outdoor fun and enjoying the things you love.
However the sun and high temperatures come at a price and it is our skin that pays the ultimate price.
Sun damage leads to premature ageing of the skin, wrinkles, blemishes, dryness and over time, skin cancer. Summer time, therefore, demands careful thought for your skin.
So, how exactly do the sun’s rays impact your skin and what is the difference between all those UVs?
UVA, or Ultraviolet A, is the longest wavelength of the sun. It penetrates the dermis, your skin’s deepest layer. Sun damage can activate free radicals and promote skin ageing.
UVB, or Ultraviolet B, penetrates the skin’s epidermis, the upper layer. These rays cause sunburn, allergic reactions and skin cancers.
UVC, or Ultraviolet C, are rays that are usually filtered by the ozone layer and they are the most damaging rays.
Then there is IR, or Infra-red, which refers to the heat from the sun. Too much of it can negatively impact collagen, elastin and your immune system.
Choosing sunscreen that is right for you, is vital, however, it should never be the only protection we take.
Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. When you are out, cover up as much skin as you can with light-weight clothing. Wear a hat to protect the delicate skin on your face and wear sunglasses to protect against premature ageing, as well as cataracts and melanomas, of the eye.
Did you know that sunbathing will add a good 20 years to your age by dehydrating and wrinkling the skin? No-one wants that, so ditch the obsession for a tan…it really isn’t worth it!
Becoming sun aware will protect your skin and health for the future, leaving you free to enjoy all that Summer has to offer.