Summer is arriving and lockdown seems to be easing here in the UK.
As the days get hotter and brighter, chances are, you’re going to be soaking up more vitamin D!
So, what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that extended exposure to sunlight causes photoaging.
Photoaging is the damage that is caused to your skin as a result of UV rays. Most people assume that their skin is fine because the damage tends to show up many years later. The reason why photoaging takes so long to become evident is because the damage takes place within the deepest layers of the skin at a cellular level, permanently damaging the structure of the skin.
Signs of Sun Damage and Photoaging
The most common symptoms of sun damage are; pigmentation - you may notice dark patches of discolouration on the skin, along with age spots, decreased elasticity - you may start to see that your skin has lost it’s suppleness, then there's redness and of course wrinkling and fine lines. Don’t leave it too late before you start taking your sun care seriously!
Our Guide to Protecting your Skin During the Summer Months and Beyond.
1. Always. Wear. SPF!
Sunscreen is for everyday use. Come summer or winter, your skin is still constantly being exposed to UV rays which causes your skin to prematurely age when not protected. Use a generous amount, it’s not to be used sparingly and be sure to keep reapplying your SPF throughout the day as most brands and professionals insist on. We suggest using a minimum of SPF 50 for extra protection.
2. Don’t spend ages in the sun
We’re not telling you not to go out and have fun, or to be afraid of the sun. However, it makes absolutely no sense investing time and money into your skin if you’re going to work against it. Spending extended amounts of time in the sunshine can affect your skin. Wear hats that shield your face, sit in the shade, and don’t leave yourself exposed in the sun for hours on end.
3. Enhance your sun protection
We are passionate advocates for sunscreen, however your favourite sunblock can only do so much. Typical sunscreens offer protection within the 90% range, with SPF 50 giving about 98% protection from UV. Studies have shown that antioxidants help with skin protection against UV damage and even enhance the efficacy of sunscreen. Antioxidants act as your skin’s defense and neutralise any damage caused by free-radicals. Not only do antioxidants help to defend your skin, they also help to soothe skin that has been worn out by environmental stressors like pollution.
Apply an antioxidant serum in the morning before applying SPF for added protection. You can also use it again at night to replenish your skin.
We formulated the Superior Complexion Antioxidant Serum to calm, soothe and protect your skin and it’s filled with ethically sourced organic ingredients that have a high antioxidant content.
Our formula contains the following antioxidant ingredients:
Baobab seed oil - Contains 7-10 times more vitamin C than oranges, it conditions and soothes the skin and is known for its cell regeneration properties.
Pomegranate seed oil - It’s extremely high in polyphenols, giving it the ability to absorb UV rays. It has one of the highest sun protection factors in comparison to other plant oils. It’s the only known botanical source to contain punicic acid, also known as omega 5 which has powerful antioxidant properties that help protect the skin and make it look younger. Its content of ellagic acid also helps with regenerating the skin and stimulating collagen production.
Green tea oil - boasts of a cocktail of vitamins including A, D, E & K, polyphenols and antioxidants. Evens skin tone and scarring.
Bakuchi oil - Antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory. One of its main constituents is a compound called ‘bakuchiol’, deemed as a natural, more gentle alternative to retinol.
Rosehip seed oil - High in the essential fatty acids, omega-6, and omega-3. It's known to brighten and tighten the skin and even its tone, reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation.