5 Ways the Sun Impacts the Skin
Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
About UV rays
Let's talk about UVA and UVB rays. An easy way to remember what they do to the skin is to look at the letter after UV. The UVA rays are the Aging rays, while the UVB rays are the Burning rays.
While we think of a sunburn or a tan (which is also DAMAGED skin) as just sitting on top of the skin, the reality is that the sun's UV rays penetrate deeply into the skin and cause damage at the cellular level. Often, the signs of sun damage do not become visible until later in life.
Every single time your skin is unprotected and exposed to the sun, changes are taking place in the structure of your skin cells.
While we recognize a sunburn as a popular sign of skin damage caused by the sun, there are other, less visible signs:
UV rays, over time, damage the skin's elastin. When elastin fibers break down, skin sagging occurs. Once elastin breaks down and skin has begun sagging and stretching, your skin no longer has the ability to return the way it was.
Skin's ability to heal becomes diminished. When this happens, you bruise more easily. Skin tearing is also more common.
Age spots AKA sun spots or liver spots are another sign of sun damage, I remember my grandmother. She always had her nails done, her sparkling, glitzy jewelry on, and when I would stare at all of the baubles and color, I always noticed the brown spots all over her hands. As a child, I just thought that it was something "old people" had. I did not realize that the spots were signs of sun damage. It makes sense. She was Greek, with olive skin. She NEVER applied sunscreen. She was from the generation where one didn't use it. She put oil on her skin to become more tan (more skin damage). These pigmentation changes aren't just a fact of aging, they are signs of sun damage. Always remember that your hands need sunscreen, too.
Do you have Rosacea? According to the National Rosacea Society, the sun is the #1 Rosacea trigger. Even incidental sun exposure, such as getting out of your car at the mall and walking from the parking lot can be enough to bring on a flare up. That is why sunscreen is key.
Dryness can be another side effect of UV damage. Skin may feel tight or have a leathery appearance.
What can you do? Here are our top tips:
- Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, even when it is cloudy. Choose a physical (MINERAL) formula for safer protection without harmful chemicals.
- Make sure you are applying an adequate amount of sunscreen in order for it to be effective. The recommended amount is 2 tablespoons - about the size of a shot glass.
- Stay hydrated - internally and externally. Make sure you are drinking water and make sure that you are keeping your skin hydrated with a healthy body lotion. Seed Body Lotion is a great everyday lotion packed with ingredients to hydrate and protect the skin, including antioxidant-rich Grape Seed and Green Tea, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, and soothing aloe vera.
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Also in Lately I've been paying more attention
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.
What is Seed Aging Beautifully Face Serum?
Is it a serum? Is it an oil?
Well, this is an oil-based face serum. Seed Aging Beautifully Face Serum combines 100% plant-based ingredients - like Argan and Rosehip Seed Oil - to help seal in moisture without feeling heavy or greasy.
Our facial oil serum can be used alone or over your moisturizer. It features a blend of oils to hydrate, balance, and address skin concerns such as loss of elasticity, dullness or skin dryness. Oils tend to be protective, boost skin hydration, and can help tackle a loss of skin firmness. Depending on the oils used -- and this is the case with our oil blend -- it may even help those with oily and acne prone skin types.
Wait. Don't you put this on under a moisturizer?
Great question! Read on...