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The pursuit for a youthful appearance is universal. Unfortunately, aging is unavoidable and inevitable. It will happen to everyone in one way or another. It can be due to genetics, or the ugly truth that we cannot stop the hands of time, or sun exposure, or simply all of them together.

Apparently, far more than all other factors combined, premature aging is directly linked to environmental sources. It has been found proven that the sun is the main cause of many skin problems.

A recent study done by the World Health Organization shows that chronic exposure to the sun amounts to 80% risk of visible skin aging sign. This means the sun’s UV rays are heavily responsible for early development of wrinkles, changes in skin texture and damage skin tissues, pigmentation and vascular related disorders.

UV radiation is found to stimulate an increase in free radicals, which is known to bring damaging effects to the skin. The sun’s UV radiation reduces the natural antioxidants we have in our bodies, making our skin more susceptible to the free radical assault.

Common results of long exposure from the sun’s harmful UV rays are wrinkles, laxity, and loss of elasticity, visible uneven spots, enlargement of pores, spider veins, melanogenesis or pigmentation.

The most common weapon used to combat premature ageing is sunscreen. While sunscreens are reliable and effective in protecting your skin from further damage and ageing, they cannot undo the damage that has already been done.

It has long been established by the medical field how UV exposure is a threat to healthy skin universally. The sun’s UV rays are too harsh and powerful. Currently, our earth’s ozone layer prevents the short wave of UV radiation from the sun from reaching the earth’s surface. However, there are other ranges of UV radiation such as midrange UVB and long-wave UVA which are mostly responsible for premature photoaging, immune dysfunction and even cancers.

Taking extra safety measures to fight premature ageing and protect you from skin diseases that harmful UV rays may cause is essential and one way to do it right is by taking oral supplements.

The best ones available in the market are those made out of fern extract and infused with colourless carotenoids from special non-GMO tomatoes that provide an added layer of protection for the skin even under harsh conditions.

Using these extracts can show significant results of skin protection and anti-aging, as proven by over 40 years of research. They act like a time-stopper by buying our skin extra time before being affected by the sun’s harsh UV rays. They go inside our bodies- into our DNA and helps our cells from death and decomposition.

When combined, they work together to prevent our bodies from producing dark melanin; even more so, stimulate natural glutathione production inside our bodies. Skin supplements like Esthewhite and Estheshield help make your skin look brighter and appear younger.

June 26th, 2018

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It’s no secret that a lot of women want fairer, brighter, and glowing skin. Some people go all-out and try all kinds of lotions, creams, soaps, and makeup with SPF to achieve it. But the truth is, the sunscreen and sunblock you wear may not be enough.

Here’s why:

You can’t run from UVA and UVB radiation

The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays—the long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). In fact, 90-95% of solar radiation on earth are UVA rays. These rays penetrate deeper into our skin and causes skin darkening. The remaining 5-10% are UVB, the rays with a higher energy level which damages the superficial layers of your skin and leaves you with a painful sunburn.

UVA penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB, and will cause immediate suntan, not sunburn. UVA also generates free radicals in living skin, which contribute to skin damage, wrinkling, and skin cancer.

Apart from that, both UVA and UVB trigger the premature aging of skin. That’s why some people see wrinkles and experience sagging skin in as early as their mid-twenties to early thirties. Worse, these harmful rays can lead to skin cancer. With those being said, you need a significant protection from both types of UV rays.

The SPF doesn’t count for a lot

The SPF in your skincare products stands for sun protection factor. It only measures the product’s ability to filter UVB rays. A lotion with SPF 15 can screen 93% of the sun’s UVB rays, the one with SPF 30 filters up to 97%, and SPF 50, 98%.

Just because a sunscreen has a high SPF does not necessarily mean that you are being protected from damaging UVA rays. SPF is only a measure of how well a sunscreen protects you from sunburn, which you get only from UVB rays. UVA (ultraviolet-A) is a longer wavelength of sunlight that makes up 95% of all UV light reaching the earth’s surface. It passes right through clouds and glass, and it is pretty much the same strength throughout the day and the year.

Therefore it is advisable to choose topical sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

It is also advisable to reapply topical sun screen every 2 hours to ensure sufficient coverage.

Inconveniences of Topical Sun screen

Solely depending on topical sun screen may present the following inconveniences:

– Even if well applied, topical sun screen may not be able to neutralize all the free radicals that may continue to damage the skin.
– Not all areas are well covered (ears, neck and nose).
– Topical sun screen needs to apply as early as 30 minutes before exposure and it needs to be reapply frequently (every 2-3 hours) to ensure sufficient coverage.
– Some sun screen may not cover UVA rays.
– Loss of effectiveness is due to perspiration, coming into contact with water, clothing, towels etc.

For more comprehensive photoprotection, one should use topical broad-spectrum sun screen that covers both UVA and UVB. At the same time, consider taking oral supplement with strong antioxidant properties to fight free radicals, especially over those generated by solar radiation. These free radicals produced by the sun are responsible for cell damage, blemishes and cutaneous photoaging.

September 6th, 2017

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