Unpacking just how much damage the sun does to our faces
Ditch the snake oil skin care products & learn how to avoid wrinkles naturally
Are you sick of spending your hard-earned dough on questionable skincare products that promise you access to the fountain of youth, but leave you with little to show for it? Today we’re going to talk about a better, much more effective, and significantly cheaper way to take care of your skin in style.
If you’re concerned about the health of your skin, want to avoid having wrinkles before you’re 30 and more generally, just want soft and vibrant skin, it’s time to strap on a surf hat and start doing something that actually makes a huge difference.
Skincare products, for the most part, are little more than shams that use cheeky marketing tactics to sell you a solution in a bottle. For something as important as the health and appearance of our skin, unfortunately, there’s no single solution in a bottle. Instead, it’s time to look at it through a different lens, and understand just how much damage the skin does to our skin.
The most effective skincare regime doesn’t involve retinoids, collagen, peptides or antioxidants, it’s a lot simpler and cost effective than those snake-oil ‘miracle cures’. The best way to keep your skin lively and avoid wrinkles at an early age is to simply protect your skin from UV radiation on a daily basis. While this might seem like a chore, it’s one of the few things that actually works.
Sun Damage, Photoaging & Wrinkles
Your skin soaks up a bucket-load of ultraviolet radiation when you’re out and about, and while a small amount of vitamin D is no doubt beneficial to our health, you typically hit that mark in less than 20 minutes in Australia. The major problem here is that Australians tend to soak up way too much of the sun’s energy, and this is disastrous for our skin.
If you’ve paid attention to the ads that sell those skincare ‘miracle cures,’ they often talk about the reinvigoration of your skin’s cells, and the stimulation of collagen that will keep you young, so long as you keep buying their face creams. What they don’t want to tell you, though, is that the best way to invigorate your skin cells is to keep them protected, so they can keep working at peak efficiency throughout your life. A sunburn is exactly that - your skin absorbing too much UV radiation that it actually burns. Each time your skin burns, the cells are damaged, and can eventually mutate into skin cancer.
In terms of those pesky wrinkles, if you absorb too much sun, this excess of ultraviolet (UV) light damages, this energy can damage the elastin and collagen in your skin. When this happens, your skin will lose its tightness, begin to sag, stretch and develop wrinkles, regardless of your age. This is known as photoaging, and it goes much further than skin deep. Photoaging can cause mutations of our DNA, which is the primary cause of the development of skin cancer.
- Avoiding sun damage is the only scientifically proven means of avoiding wrinkles and early-ageing
- Excess UV radiation damages the elastin and collagen in your skin
- Damaged elastin and collagen leads to sagging skin and wrinkles
- Stop buying skincare products that promise you a magic cure