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Sun Damage and Photoaging

Sun Damage and Photoaging

Every year as summer approaches shelves fill with sunscreen, weather reports include the UV index, and the tropical smells of these lotions waft in the air. But sun damage is a year round concern for healthy skin and premature aging. As important as protecting yourself from UV damage is, it’s equally important to know that with proper support, you can help skin to recover from damage as well.


Spectrum Perspective


I think by now we all know that there are UVA and UVB rays from reading bottles and tubes at the checkout stand. But what does this mean for unprotected skin? UVB rays penetrate the top layer of skin, the epidermis, and are responsible for producing the sunburn (2). Straight from the SkinCancer.org website, “UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, where they damage the collagen fibers. This damage causes increased production of abnormal elastin. The unusual amounts of elastin result in the production of enzymes called metalloproteinases. These enzymes, which rebuild damaged collagen, often malfunction and degrade the collagen, resulting in incorrectly rebuilt skin (3)”


Damage Control


Sun damage is responsible for about 80% of premature facial skin aging (1). As this process is repeated with daily UVA exposure, skin forms wrinkles, and the depleted collagen results in leathery skin. The best way to combat photoaging is through prevention. Daily application of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to areas vulnerable to photoaging (3).

 

RESCUE has been in the spotlight as an after sun care essential. Our concentrated ingredients include proven antioxidants and vitamins to help naturally fight the free radicals created by UV damage, as well as anti-inflammatories to help reduce redness. These nutrients can also contribute toward natural cellular repair, helping to stimulate pro-collagen and dermal fibroblast production. We Save Skin.

As with any product that promotes cellular turnover, we highly recommend you use a daily sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30, which should be reapplied at least every two hours when out in the sun. RESCUE does not include an SPF because it would block the skin from absorbing our core active.


Related: Be an Ally in Your Skin's Greatest Battle



References:

  1. Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging in Caucasian skin
  2. What is the Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays?
  3. What is Photoaging?