Summer is here and the neighborhood pools are open. It’s time to spend a few minutes thinking about how we can enjoy a safe, sun kissed look rather than a lobster red sunburn. Make sure that your SPF routine is ready for the beach, pool, and summer fun!
First, why do we get sunburn? The sun sends ultraviolet (UV) rays to the earth in the form of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging and the damage to the collagen and elastin in our skin- without applying sunscreen protection we will look years older than we actually are. UVB rays lead to sunburn- the body’s immune response to sun exposure. UVC rays rarely make their way into our atmosphere, which is good news since they are the most harmful and likely contribute heavily to skin cancers.
Your skin has a certain amount of melanin- which is your protective pigment or “tan”. Your natural amount of melanin is genetic and varies for each person. Darker complexions contain more amounts of melanin. Over exposure to the sun means that your skin cannot produce enough melanin/tan to protect you – this is when you burn. When you burn, sun exposure to UVB rays leaves you red, hot and sun-bruised — this will be visible in 2-6 hours after overexposure. Normally a burn lasts for 3-5 days and you will notice increased blood flow to the skin making your skin very hot to the touch.
To avoid this uncomfortable (and potentially dangerous) problem, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, wear an SPF with UVA and UVB protection of at least 30 (and re-apply every 2 hours), wear a hat, find shade when possible, and check for potential complications related to your prescriptions. Remember that you can easily burn on a cloudy day or behind glass. Don’t forget areas like the tips of your ears, lips, and scalp when applying your SPF. Clear Essence carries many products containing SPF due to the important risk of sun damage to the skin and possible development of skin cancer after many years of damage. Sun damage can occur on any skin type or pigmentation level. Try our Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15 or Skin Beautifying Milk also containing SPF 15. We use Octyl Methoxycinnamate, a UV sunscreen that fights against premature aging and darkening of the skin, as well as Oxybenzoen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. We also carry the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 to even out skin tone and prevent future skin discolorations. Chemical sunscreens generally take about thirty minutes to start working, so it’s important to remember to apply the sunscreen before you head out into the sun. If you wait till you are already on the beach or in the pool, it could be too late, and burning may have already begun. If you unfortunately get burnt this summer, try our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Carrot Oil Bar Soap which has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged, and dehydrated skin. The Anti-Oxidant features help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up while protecting and repairing sun-damaged skin!