As the temperatures drop, the last thing on our mind is remembering to apply sunscreen however, it is important to protect our skin from the sun regardless of the season. UVA rays are always present and are as dangerous in winter as they are in summer. They penetrate clouds, glass and go deeper into the skin. UVA damages deeper skin layers, resulting in premature ageing and increased risk of skin cancer.
UVB rays, on the other hand, vary in intensity and season. UVB rays are greater on sunny days during the summer. They damage the more superficial layers of the skin, resulting in sunburns and skin cancer.
Dermatologists agree that if there is one product you need to prevent ageing it is sunscreen and winter is a good time to prevent dry skin and wrinkles. Winter is incredibly harsh on the skin and especially because we tend to pay less attention to protecting it. UV rays damage collagen and elastin in your skin, resulting in acceleration of fine lines and wrinkles. A good daily sunscreen applied to the face, neck (front and back) décolletage and even hands can dramatically reduce the onset and progression of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation or sunspots – try Celltone’s sunscreen range – it is ideal for daily use.
Recent studies have also shown that it is not just UV rays from the sun that damage the skin, new data suggests that pigment cells can also be stimulated by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamps. So even though you spend more time indoors during winter, it is a good idea to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the lights in your home, office, computer, laptop, and phone screens.
However, sun protection is not just about reducing the effects of the ageing process, it is also about preventing skin cancer and the truth is that skin cancer does not take a break during winter. It is all too easy to forget about the dangers of skin cancer in winter. During winter, you’re still at risk of getting skin cancer, so you must protect yourself accordingly. Ultraviolet radiation (UV) causes free radical formation, DNA damage, and DNA mutations. Repeated DNA damage can result in skin cancer, and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with UV exposure from the sun.
Celltone’s Sunscreen range not only protects the skin but is actually good for it. It contains carefully selected ingredients that address concerns such as free radical damage, dehydration, skin irritation and skin discolouration (i.e. the whitening effect that one often experiences when using a sunscreen).
For more information go to www.celltone.co.za.