Sun Damaged Skin & the Importance of SPF

A guest blog from our friends at UpCircle

It’s essential to apply sunscreen throughout the year, regardless of the weather conditions.

From bright sunny days to rainy or even snowy weather, using SPF is crucial to shield your skin, which plays a vital role in safeguarding you against bacteria, free radicals, and other harmful elements.

LETS DELVE INTO THE CONCEPT OF PHOTOAGING

Photoaging is the term used in the medical field to describe the effects of sun damage on the skin. This can manifest as hyperpigmentation, keratosis, and sun damage spots.

HOW DOES SUN DAMAGE APPEAR ON DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BODY?

Sun damage can vary based on the affected area. However, common signs of sun damage include dryness and irritation, whether it’s the skin, lips, or hair that’s been impacted.

Sun damaged Skin

Sun-damaged skin may result in a painful sunburn initially, but prolonged exposure can lead to various changes such as wrinkling, redness, rough skin texture, reduced skin elasticity, and pigmentation alterations.

There’s a skin condition called melasma that can be mistaken for sun damage. Melasma is characterised by dark blotches on the skin, particularly on the face, and is more common in women with darker complexions.

Sun damaged Lips

Changes in lip pigmentation, texture, and roughness may occur due to sun damage. The delicate skin on the lips requires special care as it is thinner and more sensitive compared to facial skin.

And don’t forget about sun damaged hair

Just like the skin and lips, hair can also suffer from sun damage, resulting in dull, dry, and frizzy strands. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays can break down the hair’s protective moisture barrier, leading to moisture loss.

Types of sun damage

The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can cause various effects on the skin, including changes in colour, tone, and texture. Hyperpigmentation, characterized by areas of lighter or darker skin, can be managed with products containing argan oil or vitamin C to reduce melanin production.

So what can we do?

To combat hyperpigmentation, consider using products like the UpCircle Face Moisturiser with Vitamin E or Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil, both enriched with skin-nourishing ingredients to enhance skin appearance.

Protect your skin from sun damage with the UpCircle Vegan SPF 25 sunscreen, formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich raspberry seed oil to provide defence against premature aging caused by the sun.

A high-performance, plastic-free sunscreen suitable for all skin types. Its lightweight formula is fast-absorbing, ultra-hydrating, and formulated with aloe vera to soothe and nourish your delicate skin. Enjoy ultimate sun protection without compromising on sustainability with this eco-friendly (and reef friendly!) mineral sunscreen that offers a powerful physical defence against UVA and UVB rays.

Don’t forget to shield your skin daily with SPF and opt for organic skincare infused with beneficial ingredients to fortify your skin’s natural barrier and retain moisture effectively.


 

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