Mischo Beauty School: Sun Damage 101

As an esthetician, you all can probably imagine how passionate I am about skincare. The one aspect I’m most passionate about is protection from the sun. A misconception exists with regards to wearing sunscreen in the winter and the bottom line is this- you need to protect yourself from the sun regardless of the time of year or the temperature outside!

Sun damage is the major external cause of aging and it causes 80-85% of aging. The UV rays of the sun reach the skin in two different forms, as UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays tan the skin, damage the skin’s melanin and cause cancer. Penetrating further into the skin are the UVA rays. These rays weaken the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, causing wrinkling and sagging in the tissues. Though these fibers naturally weaken as we age, it happens at a much faster rate when exposed to UVA rays.

Not only does sun damage lead to skin cancer, aging, and collagen and elastin deterioration, but also to hyperpigmentation, capillary damage and free radical damage. Avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen is the best protection for skin. Sunscreens absorb or reflect UV rays. SPF refers to the sun protection factor in sunscreens, so the higher the SPF, the more protection you’ll receive from the sun. Be sure the sunscreen has full spectrum protection (protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays).

As you all know, sunscreen can be found in the form of a moisturizer and may come in various weights and formulas suitable for various skin types. Everyone needs to wear sunscreen- regardless of your complexion! My recommendation is to wear an SPF of 30 everyday, rain or shine!

Love your skin.

Do you wear sunscreen? Have you had skin issues as a result of sun damage? Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions!



Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you! I use DiorSnow's Pure UV. It has SPF 50 and PA+++, so it provides me all the protection I need while brightening my skin.

March 17, 2008 at 6:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Hi - I saw your name on the Total Beauty Exchange Links List and have added your blog to my list. I would appreciate it if you could please add mine.

March 17, 2008 at 10:18 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

Wow that's great- an SPF of 50 and it evens out skintone- that's a winner!

I going to definitely check that out!

March 17, 2008 at 10:29 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

No problem- I've added your link. Thanks!

March 17, 2008 at 10:35 PM
jeni said...

I love sunscreen, and also try to avoid the sun as much as possible. My favorite are zinc oxide-based sunscreens. I grew up in Hawaii, and was super tan, and really didn't believe the sun was bad for me, until I started seeing wrinkles in my mid-20s! Now I'm vigilant about sun protection.

March 23, 2008 at 5:23 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

I agree! I had to learn the hard way as well and so I'm vigilant too! Right now I'm using Dermalogica's Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF 30 and it contains "Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide which provide complete protection against UVA and UVB exposure".

At this point I have no choice but to protect my skin as much as I can and this works well with my skin...

March 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM
Anonymous said...

i am 48 years old and have notice alot of sun damage on my face. How can i remove this from my face.

Brenda WEst

May 11, 2009 at 5:21 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Anonymous/Brenda WEst": I would definitely recommend a series of microdermabrasion treatments and a visit to a dermatologist for additional recommendations! :)

May 12, 2009 at 1:27 AM

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