We all know and understand the importance of protecting our skin with an SPF during the summer months and when we are abroad, but can adding an SPF to your everyday skincare routine help slow down the signs of ageing and possibly even reverse some of the signs of ageing we already have?
I am just going to get slightly scientific for a moment so skip this paragraph if you just want to get to the best bit. There are three types of UV rays, UVA, UVB & UVC. We are going to concentrate on the first two today.
UVB rays are the ones we know or pay most attention too as these are the ones that cause us to burn and plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. The radiation given off by UVB rays is at its highest during the summer and around mid-day. UVB rays on the whole only effect the epidermis (the top layer) of the skin.
UVA rays are the ageing rays and despite common misconception, these rays affect your skin 365 days a year. UVA rays are present even when it's cloudy, raining or snowing, they can also penetrate through glass so even if your indoors most of the time you still need to be protecting your skin. The radiation given off by UVA rays go further down into the dermis (the middle layer) of the skin.
So, how can wearing an SPF everyday slow down the signs of ageing or even possibly reverse the signs we already have? In a nut shell, the damage the UVA rays cause to the dermis means that the DNA of the cells change leading to fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and loose skin. But we know that our skin cells regenerate roughly every 28 days so by using an SPF daily not only protects our skin immediately from further damage thus helping to slow down the signs of premature ageing. Data has shown that the long term affects of wearing an SPF daily allows our skin to begin to heal itself. The skin is able to use its valuable resources that were being used to fight those harmful rays to actually repair the damage already done. In turn being able to work on reducing some of the signs of premature ageing we already have. Now if that's not a reason to immediately add SPF into your daily skincare routine I don't know what is.
Many of you might think well the moisturiser i use already has SPF 15 in it surely i can just use that. And while the protection factor is tested and made in exactly the same as it would be in a standard SPF the difference is that a moisturiser is designed to absorb into the skin, whereas an SPF is designed to sit on the surface of the skin and create a protective barrier. To get the best out of your products you would apply your moisturiser as normal,and then your SPF over the top before makeup.
Looking for an SPF may seem like a minefield, you generally want to chose and SPF which has a factor of 30 and above. An SPF which states its broad spectrum, which basically means it will protect you against both UVA & UVB rays. And finally Anti-oxidants which will help protect against the pollution our skin also has to battle throughout the day.
Here are some very highly rated SPF'S.
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