Skin, Sun Damage and SPF’s
So we FINALLY have some sunshine! Protecting our skin from sunburn and UV exposure should be a hot, hot, hot priority, but whilst slapping on the nearest SPF might be the easy answer, many sunscreens are loaded with some seriously questionable ingredients which can induce adverse effects on our skin and body!
Check the products, have the knowledge of ingredients and understand the meanings and effects these ingredients have on you and the environment.
What’s the difference??? :-
Physical Sunscreens – contains natural minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which cover the surface of the skin to physically block out or reflect the suns UVA (AGING) and UVB (BURNING) rays.
Usage – as the ingredients may not erode at all, physical sunscreen provides a much longer lasting protection and re-application is not needed.
Chemical Sunscreens – contain synthetic ingredients which are absorbed into the skin which can lead to skin irritation, reactions and also generate cell damaging free radicals when exposed to the sun.
Usage – manufacturers advise that this needs to be applied EVERY 2 hours as the filters erode quickly, chemical sunscreens are ABSORBED into the skin and therefore your SPF is reduced dramatically within the first 20 minutes of application and you are absorbing those breakdown chemicals into the skin.
Ingredients to be Avoided:
• OXYBENZONE -when exposed to the sun oxybenzone alters the hormone levels, can cause allergic reactions and eczema. Studies also found that high exposure in men had a 30% reduction in fertility. Oxybenzone also poses a hazard to coral reef conservation.
• OCTINOXATE – is a endocrine disruptor that mimics oestrogen and disrupts the thyroid function. Oxtinoxate is harmful to wildlife and humans. It damages skin cells and causes premature ageing. It reduces mens sperm count and disrupts sperm cell functions.
• VITAMIN A PALMITATE – when exposed to the suns rays it produces destructive free radicals which damage DNA
• HOMOSALATE – accumulates in our bodies and we simply cant get rid of it, and lies in our bodies being toxic
• OCTOCRYLENE – is toxic to the environment
• PARABENS – hormones disruptors, are often found in cells which have been found in breast cancer suffers. Parabens are used as just a cheap preservative
• Limit your sun exposure
• Cover up
• Use Alumier MD sunscreen EVERY DAY! (yes even in the Winter – UVA rays are in the same concentration ALL year, and are the most damaging kind. UVB rays increase as the summer progresses, and it’s important to avoid burning.
• Reapply your physical sun screen every 2/3 hours if swimming, washing, towel drying or heavy perspiring
And if you want to know any more, contact us on 0121 227 4111 and book a F
REE skin consultation with Sally, our Nurse to find out what YOU should know!