How to Prevent Aging Skin

SkinCare to Prevent Aging Skin

Using the right sunscreen containing anti-aging ingredients and minerals offers the best way in how to prevent aging skin and prevent some of the dangers the sun poses to our skin.

Skin Health Hub Skin Health How to Prevent Aging SkinHow the sun damages our skin

UVA rays cause damage at a cellular level whereas; UVB rays are responsible for the ‘burn’ response in our skin. Ongoing UV exposure results in the generation of free radicals which leads to inflammation of the skin and contributes to the thinning of the skin, a reduction of collagen and elastin, pigmentation irregularities, wrinkles, sun spots and the development of skin cancers.

When sunscreen ingredients include antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and minerals such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide there combination helps fight the free radicals and protect skin.

Sun smart tips

  • Apply sunscreen every morning as part of your skincare routine.
  • Apply over your moisturizer and under your make-up base.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you venture outside, remembering that even when you are driving or on an overcast day, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors or more frequently after swimming, or any exercise or activity which causes heavy perspiration.
  • Limit sun exposure between 10 am and 3 pm when the sun’s ultra violet rays are strongest.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your ears, neck, hands and feet.
  • Protect your lips with a moisturizing lip balm SPF 50+
  • Check the ‘use-by’ date on the packaging of your sunscreen.
  • Regularly check your skin and consult your GP if you notice changes such as; crusty spots that won’t heal, asymmetric moles that change color or thickness and small pimple-like red bumps.

Why you shouldn’t use a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen

The reasons why you shouldn’t use a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen are twofold.

Firstly, you do not require sun protection at night so it is not a necessary ingredient to have in your moisturizer.

Secondly, many moisturizers and make-up foundations only contain a sun protection filter or SPF of 15 whereas a minimum SPF 30+ application of a UVA/UVB broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended for complete sun protection.

Given that sun damage is the fundamental basis of environmental ageing learning how to prevent aging skin by always applying sun protection with anti-aging ingredients is a vital step. If you make sunscreen your number one skincare product you will not only be protecting your skin against the harmful rays from the sun but protecting it from premature ageing.

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