The Four Consequences of Sun Damage.
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
When we're young we tend not to bother with sun protection, why bother when it’s going to stop you from getting that ’sun-kissed’ tan of which seems like an everlasting trend. However, problems start to arise, when people start the ageing process and start to see, and not like the consequences. If you asked anyone on the planet if they would prefer clear, glowing skin (as well as remaining healthy) they'll, of course, look at you with a weird expression, wondering if you're sane. 'Of course'. We all would.
T h e F o u r C o n s e q u e n c e s o f
S u n D a m a g e
W r i n k l e s
...can take up to 10 years to develop but can spring out overnight. It’s all well and good if you’re a confident person, 'you’ll embrace your wrinkles, perhaps they’ll show you’ve ‘lived’, but when you do grow older than 40, those wrinkles will deepen dramatically, and that's when you'll start to want to see a change. Once you have them, the only way to make them less prominent is cosmetic treatments such as botox and fillers, spending a fortune on skincare if you're lucky, or the worst case scenario, facial surgery.
Applying sun-factor won't stop you from developing wrinkles, but they will certainly be less prominent. You will start to look more rejuvenated and better over time if you start applying it now, compared to those people who don't.
P i g m e n t a t i o n
...can be the result of sun damage. Through light exposure, the skin is traumatised and produces melanin to counteract this inflammatory response, which can result in a patch, or patches of your skin being darker than the rest. Freckles often being the most common form of pigmentation. When you're younger freckles tends to be quite cute, most people love their freckles, and I don't blame them, I always used to want them. However when people age, cute, dainty freckles tend to stay all year round and start appearing like patches of dirt. This is why sun factor is needed all year round, irrespective of the weather. Freckles are sun damage, a common fact of which people tend to forget.
A c t i n i c K e r a t o s i s '
...are patches of thick, scaly, or crusty skin caused by the sun. They are more common in fair-skinned people, those who are frequently in the sun, or those who use indoor tanning beds. They can be treated if found if you visit your GP as soon as it arises. But can be so easily prevented by sun protection, the problem with having them is, not only that they look unappealing, but they can also turn into melanoma's, which are cancerous.
S k i n C a n c e r ,
...the final and the scariest consequence of sun damage. Skin cancer isn't genetic, and it doesn't take into consideration what number you are on the Fitzpatrick scale (the colour of your skin.) If you are out in the sun, and you don't wear sunscreen (no matter the weather) it might come for you. Even Bob Marley with the darkest Fitzpatrick skin type died of skin cancer. Your skin colour will not protect you from sun damage. So please take this into consideration.
W h a t S P F s h o u l d I u s e ?
Gone are the days where sun factor is thick, white and gloopy. Due to skin care specialists trying in all ways to get you to protect your skin, and keep you looking good in the process. There is now sun factor in most moisturisers and foundations, however, it only tends to be an SPF 15. Don't get me wrong an SPF 15 is definitely better than none at all, but all leading dermatologists do recommend an SPF of 30 or above. Now if you're like me who had no idea what these SPF numbers meant then listen carefully.
SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB radiation
SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of UVB radiation
SPF 50 blocks approximately 98% of UVB rays
These might seem like tiny gaps in percentages but they do add up over time. A common mistake is that people apply an SPF 50 thinking that because they're wearing a higher SPF they don't have to apply it as much, this is not the case. Don't take that extra protection for granted. You need to re-apply it just as much as you would if you were wearing an SPF 15. One application per day is simply not enough, especially if you are facing harsh weather conditions such as strong winds, or bright sunshine.
REMEMBER: You’re looking to prevent it instead of correct it. ~ You don’t try and put on weight to lose it, so why are you programming in damage to only fix it in the future?
M y r e c o m m e n d a t i o n
H e l i o c a r e 3 6 0
The difference between Heliocare and normal SPF such as the SPF in your foundation or moisturiser, is that your foundation will only combat UVB light rays, these are the rays that you feel on your skin when you go outside, and sadly that’s not just heat, that’s wind-burn as well (thanks, Cornwall, you definitely know how to damage our skin in that way.) But Heliocare also combats UVA, and invisible light rays using 360, and fernblock technology. These are the rays that not a lot of people know about, which everyone needs to. These rays come off everyday lights inside, as well as being able to travel through windows. So sadly even if you're inside all day, you still need to apply sun factor. There are lots of studies done which show the impacts of sun damage, most commonly found with those who have a career which involves them driving all day (such as bus drivers or truckers), the most common case study showing the impacts of 28 years of sun damage on a truck driver's face, which can be found here.
To find out more about Heliocare and their amazing sun factor, then visit their website here. They offer a huge range of sun factors for all skin types, but my favourite by far is the mineral sun factor, which I use as a primer under my Oxygentix foundation, no sticky residue, it smells divine, and the packaging shares the colours of a bumble bee, so what's there not to love?
So save yourself a fortune in the long run, and wear that daily sun factor. You wouldn’t ask a baker to complete your surgery, so trust the professionals with your skin. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Lots of love from B x