Mischo Beauty School: Sun Damage 101

As an esthetician, you all can probably imagine how passionate I am about skincare. And, the one aspect I’m most passionate about is protection from the sun. A misconception exists with regards to wearing sunscreen during cooler months of the year, 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!

Do you wear sunscreen? Have you had skin issues as a result of sun damage?

Love your skin.



Eve's Core said...

very insightful!
Yes, even though I have very dark skin, people think I shouldnt wear it. I've been wearing spf-30 UV fluid by LaMer for quite some time & love it. Only because its very light and does not leave a white-film on my dark skin as some other brands have. Also, since wearing sunscreen faithfully over past few years, I have noticed less of an appearance of tiny moles.
Just the other day, I'was wandering thru Sephora and was told by a manager/rep.that sunscreen mixed in day-moisturizers tend to change the effectiveness of the product. Is there any truth to this?

March 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Eve's Core: GOOD FOR YOU! Regardless of your complexion, sunscreen is still a necessity! Now as far as mixing sunscreen with moisturizers- I would agree w/ the Sephora associate!

March 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM
Yashieka said...

I can't tell a lie, sometimes I forget to wear my sunscreen (mouths drops open to the floor). My dermatologist tells me all the time...you have to wear sunscreen even though you have dark skin. I have a serious problem with hyperpigmentation and should be wearing it every day. I use Clinique Medical Daily SPF 38, I think it's a little on the "heavy" side so I don't use a moisturizer before I apply it and I definitely don’t get the gray tint I usually get from most sunscreens :)

March 17, 2010 at 9:14 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Yashieka: Thanks for letting us know about the Clinique Medical Daily SPF 38! Some of my readers' biggest concern is the "white/gray film or tint" that a lot of sunscreens leave. I will definitely recommend this one. Thank you again! :)

March 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM

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