Sun, Sea, Sand & SPF!
The beginning of the Summer means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors. However, it also means more sun exposure and the potential for sun damage. While you may think you are safe here in Ireland – seeing as we average out at about 3 days summer during the whole year, this could not be further from the truth. Most of us associate sun cream for face and body with being away on holidays. Generally to hotter climates and tropical destinations. Think about it this way….What rises every morning and sets every evening? THE SUN! This means you are subjected to suffering from sun damage 365 days a year, from the time the sun rises, to the time the sun sets. People ask us all the time – what is the number one anti – ageing product? Well that answer is simple. SPF! IMAGE Skincare have a great range of SPF’s ranging from SPF 30, all the way up to 50, with different textures and consistencies from hydrating, mattifying to tinted! But before you go deciding which SPF is best for you, let us tell you a little bit more of the effects of UVA and UVB damage.
What are UVA rays?
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling, a little something we like to call photo-aging. Overexposure to the sun can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin. This leads to premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin. Up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing may be caused by sun exposure. We weren’t kidding when we told you SPF is the number one anti – ageing product.
What are UVB rays?
UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. Did you know that a tan is actually a scar and signifies damage caused to the skin? I know we all love a good sun – kissed tan, but if you want healthy skin, our advice to you is fake it! Fake tan is a much safer option to achieving a bronzed look. Keeping this in mind, IMAGE Skincare launches a sunless tanning product called Body Spa Face & Body Bronzing Creme. A perfect, non comedogenic face and body bronzer for all skin types.