Find Answers to these questions in this blog:
Why does sun damage your skin? What is really happening to your skin? How can I make my own, safe sunblock? How can we prevent and repair damage?
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a vacation? THE BEACH!!!! Mmmmm…is there anything more relaxing than to sit on the beach with nothing to do and absolutely nothing on your mind? I can just hear the sound of the waves crashing to the beat of my favorite song “Hotel California” faintly playing in the background from my phone and the cool ocean breeze brushing across my sun kissed cheeks. For the next couple of days following a trip to the beach, I look in the mirror and love that “healthy glow” that I see on my face. Unfortunately, that “healthy glow” is anything but healthy. In the later years, that healthy glow translates into early signs of aging thanks to the UV rays wreaking havoc on healthy skin cells. The reality is that tanning is our skin’s response to the sun damage… you can’t have a tan without damaging the skin.
Here are just a few ways that UV rays damage the skin?
- The potential risk of cancer including Melanoma and Squamous cell carcinoma
- It slows down the collagen production
- Skin becomes loose and looks tired
- Formation of deep wrinkles and fine lines
- Skin becomes prone to injuries
- Formation of yellow patches on the skin
- Uneven pigmentation, sun spots/ age spots
- Broken blood vessels
- Dry dull skin
- Large, loose pores
What does UV radiation do to the skin?
Ultraviolet radiation is a mutagen. This means that it has the ability to cause changes in the cells of our body which weakens the structure of our skin, resulting in signs of “aging” on the surface. UV rays do this by taking an electron from the healthy skin cells, causing those cells to now be free radicals that begin roaming around searching for their lost electron. The damaged cells then attack healthy cells in an attempt to take its electron for itself, thereby, weakening the entire structure of the skin. This goes on and on until you give your skin missing electrons by using good skincare products with plenty of antioxidants like the liquid facelift or you just have to deal with the results of the damage… premature aging. “Nobody wants that”!
Do yourself a favor and protect your skin!!!
In order to minimize the detrimental effects of the sun, it is very important that you protect your skin. Here are some of the ways that might come in useful:
- Make sure to apply at least a 20% vitamin c serum or vitamin c face cream to your skin morning and night (especially on days when you will be exposed to direct sun light). The vitamin c can cut down on free radicals by up to 80% caused by the sun.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF 45 or greater to your skin daily. You wouldn’t believe how quickly the sun can cause damage just by walking to and from your car and driving! Forget about laying out in the sun trying to get that perfect tan…. If you want a tan, get a spray!
- Always have a UV Blocking umbrella or a UV Blocking sun hat to protect your skin. Large brim hats are perfect for this purpose and make a fashion statement.
Want to make your own natural sunscreen?
- Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)
- Add a couple Tablespoons of non-nano Zinc Oxide
- Mix well