There is a strong association between the strength of the sun’s rays and skin wrinkles. This has been known for a very long time, but what has been known for less long is why. We now know that the sun’s rays contain several kinds of ultra-violet light. Some are completely or partially blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere, but some come through as well.
The vast majority of our facial wrinkles are the result of contact with UVA and UVB rays. We now know that it does not count what the source of those rays is, it is the UV rays themselves that damage skin, for that is what wrinkles are – damaged skin.
This injury can come from sun lamps and sun beds as well, because UV rays are also the ones that cause our skin to go brown. Unfortunately, in the process of achieving the desired colouration, you have to cause the skin damage. The trick here is to reduce the harm whilst achieving the required colour.
Children’s skin is particularly susceptible to UV damage which may have a life long impact on their likelihood of getting cancer later on, perhaps decades later. The only manner to prevent this happening is to take safety measures at all times when encountering these rays from whatever source they may come.
One of the foremost causes for wrinkles is the breakdown of collagen in the skin which changes its elasticity. If the skin loses elasticity, it will not return to its standard position or state and hangs lifeless.
So, how can you prevent this happening or at least slow down the process? The most obvious answer is to stay away from UV rays, but that would mean no more sunbathing, swimming in the open air or using sun beds. The other way is to use creams and lotions to block the detrimental rays.
However, lots of individuals do not use sun screen or sun block at all or at least not in the right manner. The UV rays that do damage are UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is blocked completely by the atmosphere and UVB, which browns the upper layer of skin only is easily blocked – for instance, it will not even pass through glass. UVA burns deeper into the skin and produces a long term tan.
Therefore, you need to check that your sun screen will block UVA and UVB. UVA rays are quite constant in strength throughout the day, but UVB fluctuates, so you need to take that into account whilst applying the lotion.
The first thing to do is determine what type of skin you have. People with fair skin, freckles and ginger or blond hair are most at danger to skin harm. The gradation of skin and hair colour largely determines the skin sort and its susceptibility to damage.
Next you have to know the strength of the sun in the area where you are and finally, the sun is at its hottest between 11 AM and 4 PM, so apply sun block creams and lotions accordingly. If you are uncertain of local conditions, call into a local health or beauty shop and ask their opinion.
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