Skin Health: Sun and SPF

Skin Health: Sun and SPF

Carly Kent is an aesthetic practitioner and the founder of GLOW medi-aesthetics located on Ongar High Street. GLOW is a reputable stockist of AlumierMD products. Carly has prepared a short guide to sun safety and how to choose your SPF wisely.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UVA AND UVB RAYS FROM THE SUN

UVA:

  • rays cause deeper damage (photo-damage), tanning and DNA mutations which may lead to skin cancer
  • accounts for 95% of UV reaching the Earth
  • radiation is 20x more abundant than UVB radiation
  • has ability to damage cells in lowest layer of epidermis where most skin cancers arise
  • penetrates deeper into the dermis damaging collagen, elastin and capillaries

UVB:

  • rays cause burning and DNA mutations which may lead to skin cancer
  • only accounts for 5% of the sun’s rays
  • causes reddening of the skin (sunburn)
UVA and UVB

We have become increasingly aware of the risk caused by too much sun exposure, but did you know that most ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreens offer little protection against UVA rays? In fact, SPF is a measure of protection against UVB rays only! Therefore using a product with a high SPF encourages people to stay in the sun for longer. Yes, they experience less burning, but unfortunately receive much more damaging UVA exposure.

Did you Know?

  • 86% of melanomas can be attributed to UV radiation exposure
  • using tanning beds more than 10 times increases risk of developing melanoma by 34%
  • just ONE blistering sunburn in childhood DOUBLES the chance of that person developing a melanoma

BE SKIN CANCER AWARE

Skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers and being aware of the risks is crucial to managing our skin health. There are three main types to be aware of:

  1. basal cell carcinoma, these occur most frequently and rarely spread beyond the tumor site
  2. squamous cell carcinoma are the second most common, affecting the the skin’s upper layers which can be dangerous if allowed to grow
  3. melanoma, the least common, yet most dangerous form of skin cancer

THERE ARE SOME KEY THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND, INCLUDING:

  • monitoring your skin moles – always watch for abnormal moles or growths and contact your GP as soon as possible if you notice any of these changes:

Asymmetry –  Has the shape changed?

Border – Has it become uneven?

Colour  – More than 1 colour or changed colour?

Diameter –  Is it growing? Is it more than 6mm?

Elevated – Has it become raised?

  • be sun safe – regular daily use of a physical sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 will reduce risk of developing a melanoma by 50%
  • sunscreen should be used all year round, not just during the summer months
  • avoid tanning beds

WHY ARE CHEMICAL FILTERS IN SUNSCREEN A CONCERN?

PHYSICAL

  • sits on the surface of the skin
  • will not absorb into the bloodstream
  • reflects and scatters UV rays

Active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium oxide

CHEMICAL

  • absorb and deactivate UV rays changing the light energy to heat
  • tiny particles are absorbed by skin and can penetrate bloodstream
  • chemical filters are hormone disruptors and have been found in urine and plasma
  • known as carcinogens and allergens

Ingredients will include one or more of these – Octocrylene, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Octisalate, Homosalate, Avobenzone.

CARLY RECOMMENDS SOMETHING TO TRY THIS SUMMER

AlumierMD Sheer Hydration SPF 40

Also available in a versatile tint which adapts to individual skin tones

WHY?

A sheer, moisturising 100% PHYSICAL broad spectrum facial sunscreen for all skin types. This will provide powerful broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Free from chemical filters and packed with antioxidants and vitamin E to further protect the skin from UV damage.

AlumierMD was developed by a global team of scientists, dermatologists and leading industry professionals. Through advanced proprietary chemistry, AlumierMD has optimised the bio-availability of each molecule in the ingredients used. As a result, their scientific formulations deliver exceptional results.

Statistics and facts taken from AlumierMD: Educational Paper: Melanoma.

carly@glowskin.co.uk | 07540 851 972 | glowskin.co.uk

Essex House, 118 High Street, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9EB

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