We get so little sun here in the UK that when it finally comes out, or when you finally experience some while you’re on holiday, it’s tempting to break all of the tried-and-test skin care rules and sit outside for longer than is perhaps sensible without any proper protection. Unfortunately excessive unprotected sun exposure causes skin to age prematurely, pronounces the appearance of wrinkles and can lead to longer-term skin health problems. Most skin care experts agree that more than 80 percent of the wrinkles that we see on our aging skin are caused by too much exposure to the sun. And nothing else!
So why are so many of us still sitting out in the sun for far too long and causing our skin to age before its time? As skin care afficionados ourselves, we find that most people damage their skin in the sun because the ‘sun care’ rules they live by aren’t true at all, such as developing a base tan or only applying a low SPF. Instead, these are sun care skin care myths and could be contributing to your sunburn, your wrinkles and your aging skin. We thought we’d take a look at the top sun care myths that cause aging skin….
Sun care skin care myth one: It’s good to have a base tan to build on
This is a common sun care myth many of us have probably heard. People believe that getting a tan in the first few days of a holiday will help ‘prepare’ their skin for the sun exposure to come. It’s wise to be extra sensible during the first few days as you’re exposed to more sun than you are used to – so this myth is exactly that!
This is because when cells are exposed to UV light they produce a chemical called melanin, which changes the pigment of your skin and makes it appear darker. Which is how you develop a tan. The problem is that even if you got your tan gradually, a darker skin tone is still a sign that your skin has already been damaged by the UV light. This means you’re increasing the chances that your skin will look aged, ridding your complexion of that natural, youthful glow and eventually leading to wrinkles.
So it’s never a good idea to pursue a base tan. Instead, be sensible the whole time you’re in the sun.
Sun care skin care myth two: You can tan when you’re older as the damage is already done
In some cases, lots of exposure to the sun as a child can lead to you developing long-term skin problems later in life. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be even more sensible as you get older, in order to safeguard your skin against any further damage.
Most skin care experts would agree that even if you were exposed to lots of sun as a child, it’s always better to employ good skin-protecting habits in adulthood — no matter how much skin damage has already occurred. Because cumulative sun exposure is often associated with skin cancer and signs of aging such as dark spots, broken veins and wrinkles.
Sun care skin care myth three: Your face is the only thing you need to protect
Does this sound familiar? You know that your time in the sun is limited, which means you don’t want to waste any of it applying lots of sun screen products. We thought so. Many people skip on the right SPF protection, whether that means applying it once and then not topping up, applying it incorrectly and not covering all of your skin or just putting it on your face and shoulders and ignoring the rest of your body.
It’s a myth that only your face, or even your nose, needs protecting. Your whole face needs to be covered in a high SPF, as does the rest of your body.
Sun care skin care myth four: You only need to use a low SPF
While we’re on the subject of SPF, let’s address one of the most common myths, which is that you can get away with a really low SPF. Not only is this not true for the majority of people, especially if you’re fair, but it’s also likely to lead to sunburn in the short-term and lots of pronounced wrinkles in the long-term.
Many things can actually lower the SPF effect of your sun care products, such as if there’s water on your skin or if you’ve been sweating. This means although you may think you’re getting SPF 15 protection, it could actually be as little as 10 or even 5.
You can ensure you’re fully protected by opting for a high SPF instead, which means you don’t need to top it up as often and can protect your skin in case other factors are impacting on your level of protection.
Sun care skin care myth five: Lots of sun is really good for our health and wellbeing
Much research has been done into the benefits of sun on your skin. It can help to clear up eczema, improve your mood and enables your body to produce Vitamin D. However, what you may not realise is that you only need a very short amount of time in the sun to reap the benefits of UV light. Many health experts believe as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure will help you produce a huge amount of Vitamin D. This means a deep, dark tan isn’t necessarily an indicator that you’re healthy, it’s more that you’ve probably been exposing your skin to an excessive amount of sun over a long period of time.
One of the biggest problem is that many of us are so sun-starved that when it does appear we ignore all our sensible skin care practices and temporarily forget about the dangers of sun exposure or the risk of wrinkles. At Works With Water we believe that clear, healthy and youthful skin is only possible if you have the correct products and the right skin care routines in place. But remember, a good skin care regime doesn’t need to be difficult to maintain. Our help: beautify skin jelly supplement is specifically developed to combat the signs of aging and comes in a handy and portable daily sachet, meaning you can help fight wrinkles from the inside-out while you’re on-the-go. Whether you’re headed to the beach for the day or to the park on your lunch break. Of course our natural skin care supplements can’t reverse the skin damage done by the sun, but they can give your skin a fighting chance of staying smooth and youthful, whether the sun is in our out.
Our youthful skin supplement jelly contains PravENAGE™, which is our proprietary formula of Co EnzymeQ10, Hydrolysed marine collagen, Resveratrol, Aloe Vera and Vitamin C. All of these ingredients combine to help you maintain a healthy complexion and deliver tangible, anti-ageing skin benefits when your skin is inflamed and stressed from too much sun exposure.
What are your top tips for making the most of the sunshine but keeping your skin protected? Let us know in the comments below.