5.4 million People suffer from skin cancer and damaged skin in the US alone. Are you one of them? Why is this issue increasing on a daily basis?
Hectic lives have given rise to damaged skin. It is the root cause of all the skin problems these days. Wonder why skin problems weren’t a concern till last century? People these days are not able to look after their skin or body due to several reasons lead by hectic life
- Change In Lifestyle
- Eating Habits
- Increasing Pollution
- Careless Attitude
- Chemical Products
- Change In Genetic Development
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight
The last reason being the most severe. We have to work every day for hours, run a few errands and hog around for littlest of things. Our skin is the most sensitive organ of our body. It gets easily damaged and the effects are the most visible.
You need to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that directly penetrate your skin and changes various compositions and processes of it.
How Does Sun Harm The Skin
The UV rays penetrate deep into our skin thus damaging the skin cells. It targets the collagen and elastin and breaks these proteins thus producing a deficiency of these natural proteins. Both these proteins are responsible for fighting aging, skin pigmentation, tanning, and loose skin. Once your skin cells are damaged, it becomes somewhat irreversible.
What Are The Effects Of Damaged Skin
- Fine lines
- Dark skin
- Skin pigmentation
- Accumulation of toxins
- Skin allergies and reaction
The Perfect Sunscreen
Here are a few pro tips to choose the perfect sunscreen for your skin
- Vitamin D
It is an essential vitamin that our body produces to avoid bone related issues. You should choose sunscreens that contain vitamin D to avoid its deficiency. Your skin will produce a barrier against the sun when provided with vitamin D based sunscreen.
Creams with high levels of SPF levels will protect your skin against extreme damage. The UV-A and UV-B rays penetrate deep into your skin and damage the skin cells, collagen, and elastin. Both these proteins are produced naturally by our skin tissues.
- Water Based
Look for water or mineral based tag on the creams. This means the cream consists largely of water and minerals. The best suitable option for oily skin, it will not make it greasier.
Sunscreens with more natural ingredients are more beneficial for your skin in the long run. Chemicals may protect your skin against damage, but itself will damage the skin due to prolonged use. Look for organic sunscreens with high SPF level to avoid tanning.
- All In One
Nowadays, several brands have started the policy of all-in-one. This means, the cream apart from giving you sun protection will also nourish your skin and work as a moisturizer/BB cream/ lotion.
Ingredients you should avoid
- Vitamin A: When taken through food, vitamin A has many benefits. It is also used in creams and serums which we use in our daily skin care routine. Prolonged usage of vitamin A can cause many problems in the long run. Such as hormonal change, mental change, vomiting, easy irritation etc.
- Parabens: These are used as conservatives in beauty products that increase the expiry date. Parabens are extremely dangerous for our skin. it causes estrogen imbalance leading to breast cancer, extra fat storage, and loss of muscle mass.
- Oxybenzone: It is used in 80% of the creams available in the market. It causes an adverse effect on our reproductive system and causes disturbed estrogen secretion. It is toxic for our body and skin.
- Octisalate: If your skin is highly sensitive and causes reactions with harsh chemicals, avoid this ingredient in your cream. It causes redness, irritation, and rashes.
- Sulfate: It is a highly allergic component. Again, avoid using sulfate induced products if your skin is sensitive. It can lead to skin infections, itching, swelling, redness, rashes and other skin reactions.
How Much To Use
Apply sunscreen only when you go out in the sun. Avoid using this if your skin doesn’t gel well with chemicals.
Squeeze a drop or two and apply on your face. don’t rub too much, let it sink in on a gentle application. Avoid sunscreens if you have an option of covering up your face with a light cloth or scarf.
One thing to keep in mind while using sunscreens is that, the amount. Don’t go overboard with sunscreens. Eventually, they are just chemicals that protect your skin from UV rays but might damage your skin in the long run.
Let us know what is your mantra to fight the harmful UV rays. Leave a comment in the comment section and share your thoughts with the world.