Summer is on us, and there seems to be no respite from the high heat and scorching sunrays. The piercing UV rays of the sun penetrates into the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin, thus causing immense harm to it.
The sun’s rays are so harmful for the skin, that dermatologists have come up with a separate category for it - photoaging. Applying a sunscreen such as UV Cross Anti Pollution Sunscreen Gel SPF 50, does not only protect you from sunburn or cancer, it will protect your skin from photoaging too.
Cultivating the habit of applying sunscreen acts as a protective barrier, and will prevent harmful ultraviolet rays hitting your face directly and keep it looking younger.
Here is all you need to know about photoaging and what you should be doing to protect your skin.
With age, there is a difference you will see in your skin. The skin becomes thin, and fine lines and wrinkles appear, due to chronological aging.
When the skin of your face, hands, neck ages due to UV rays, it becomes leathery, the wrinkles are coarse, and the skin vessels appear ‘broken’ and results in uneven pigmentation or mottled pigmentation. Sunspots and freckles appear on the skin.
You might have known that the sun’s ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB rays cause harm to your skin, but never thought about how they also age your skin. How does this happen?
Your skin is made up of three layers - the epidermis or outer layer, which is thin, and here, dead cells are eliminated then replaced with new cells.
Dermis is the second layer of the skin, which consists of the nerves, fibres, lobes, collagen, blood capillaries, roots of hair and the sweat glands.
The hypodermis or the subcutaneous tissue which is the innermost or deepest layer, where the blood vessels, lipocytes or skin ligaments are located.
The UVB rays are shorter rays, and happen to be more harmful, as they might cause skin cancer. UVB rays affect the outer or epidermal layer of your skin, causing sunburns.
The UVA rays are of shorter wavelengths and they penetrate into the deeper dermal layer, where the skin’s cellular structure is affected. This is the cause of breaking down of collagen, causing your skin to lose its elasticity, and making it thin, forming wrinkles and leathery skin, over time. So UVA rays are the main cause of photoaging.
As we mentioned earlier, sunscreens like UV Cross Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Gel with SPF 50+, act as the first layer of defense for your skin, and thus keep your skin safe from sunburn and photoaging. UV Cross Sunscreen, which you can buy online from our site, also protects from skin aging due to pollution.
Sunscreens are meant to be applied everyday, and not just when you go out. It should be a habit that is part of your daily skincare regime. Applying sunscreen will slow down the breaking up of collagen, thus preventing the appearance of wrinkles. It improves your skin texture, and allows your skin to regenerate.
According to studies, broad spectrum sunscreens of SPF 30 and above, can do wonders for your skin. It was found that continuously applying sunscreen for 3 months, flattened out wrinkles, faded age spots and improved the skin texture in study participants.
It shows that you too will benefit from the regular application of sunscreen.
On every pack of sunscreen, you will see SPF, such as the SPF 50 written on the UV Cross Anti Pollution Sunscreen gel. SPF or the Sun Protection Factor matters a lot, according to dermatologists.
SPF number signifies the amount of time the UV rays take to redden the skin as against the time without application of sunscreen. So, basically an SPF 30 sunscreen will help you resist sunburn 30 times longer than without sunscreen.
SPF 50 is considered to be the best protection against UV rays, as it allows only 2% of UV rays to hit your skin. This is a massive difference when you think about it - imagine if you did not apply sunscreen, your skin would be bearing the brunt of the UV rays without a protective barrier.
Broad spectrum sunscreens like the UV Cross Antipollution Sunscreen Gel with SPF 50, offer much more coverage, and protection against UVA damage, sunburn and DNA damage, than sunscreens with low SPF.
It’s a little known fact but even when you are at home, you need sun protection. The UV rays can enter through the windows and affect you. But the recent cause of UV ray damage in people at home, is the UV radiation from various screens.
You are probably spending a lot of time in front of your laptop, iPAd, phone and computer, working from home, or spending time watching your favorite shows. All these devices emit harmful UV radiation, and your face, neck and hands can be damaged. So, you do need sunscreen even when you are indoors.
This is the million-dollar question that all women want the answer to! If you have to go for an outdoor party in the daytime, like a Mehendi ceremony, or there is an office party, where you want to look your best, you know you should use sunscreen, but do you use it before or after your makeup?
This is usually quite confusing, isn’t it? Well, the answer is, sunscreen should be used before you wear foundation, after you apply moisturizer. After you clean your face, use your moisturizer, then apply a sunscreen such as UV Cross Anti Pollution Sunscreen Gel of SPF 50, for maximum protection from the sun.
Dermatologists recommend that you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and reapply it after every two hours. If you sweat a lot, or go swimming, then it should be reapplied immediately. Sunscreen should be applied at least twice daily to gain the best results.
Apply sunscreen on all the areas of your body which is exposed to light, sunlight or artificial light. Do not neglect the hands and neck, along with your face, and be safe from photoaging. A simple habit of putting on sunscreen daily can make you look much younger than your age!
At Divine Skinsthetics, we have all the remedies and products for photoaging. You can find our dermatologist recommended products online.
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We want you to look your best always!