Sun protection is something i take seriously, Aside from vanity reasons or delaying of skin ageing, which in itself is a good reason enough for me, the health aspect is also something we should not take for granted. In its extreme case, we are in danger of skin cancer. I put sunscreen on the top of my daily must-have list.
Apart from the universal knowledge on SPF numbers, there’s more than meets the eye about the sun and its effects that you should consider before choosing your next sunscreen product.
Here are the 7 things you should know about sunscreen protection:
- Sunscreen is not only intended for summer or at the beach. Dermatologists worldwide recommend the daily use of sunscreen.
- UV filters in make-up are not enough for daily protection. Sunscreen in cosmetics normally protects your skin against one type of UV radiation only. Plus, makeup products are not applied on regular intervals within the day, so you don’t really get the right level of sun protection stated on the pack.
- It is known that there are 2 kinds of UV radiation from the sun that affect your skin: UVB, which mainly affects the outer layers of the skin and known to be the main cause of sunburns; and UVA radiation which penetrates deeper into the skin with long-term and oxidative damaging effects such as DNA damage, premature aging and higher risks of skin cancer. However, did you know that besides UV radiation, the sun also produces Infrared (IR) radiation thattriggers collagen degradation which leads to wrinkles, sagging and adverse heat effects?
- Generally, SPF labels mainly measure UVB protection only. Users of regular sunscreen products that only offer SPF may not necessarily burn their skin when exposed under the sun, but may still get deeper skin damage that cause a higher risk of skin cancers if their sun care product does not have UVA-filtering properties.
- Get to know more about your SPF numbers. No sunscreen product can guarantee 100% protection against harmful radiation. Based on regulatory bodies in Europe and Australia, an SPF of 30 already absorbs 96.7% of UVB rays, and an SPF of 50 absorbs as much as 98.0% of UVB rays. If you’re planning to go for a sunscreen with an SPF level of 70, 80, 90 or beyond – no need! The additional effects of higher SPF at this level are almost negligible.
- A new study made by the American Academy of Dermatologyreveals the use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for everyday use.Solar radiation, which permeates the skin all the way down to the cells and DNA, resultsin cell damage,DNA mutations, premature skin aging, and eventually may lead to skin cancer.
- For women who wear makeup every day, try this regimen. Start off your face with a moisturizer, and then thoroughly apply a clinically proven, non-comedogenic sunscreen before you continue with your make-up routine. This preventive sun care step should be done every day before you go out of the house.
Daylong, from the makers of Cetaphil, takes a scientific approach to sunscreen protectionwith sun care that protects the skin not just from UVA and UVB, but also Infrared radiation. Daylong is made for daily wear, as it comes without the sticky and heavy feeling, with fast absorption, and without the white marks thanks to its unique oil-free and liposomal formulations. Dermatologist-prescribed, this clinically provenrange helps protect the skin even against premature cell damage and death, DNA damage, cellular aging, and skin and tissue aging.Daylong promises its commitment to sun care and sun protection that is daily, deep, and complete.
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