Summer might be over, but sunlight is not going anywhere: the sun will still rise and set, bathing us with natural light and who says daylight says UV. And particularly UV-A.
The time of year, the type of weather (clouds or no clouds), where you live and where you spend your time (indoors or outdoors) impact the amount of sunlight you’re exposed to, and consequently the amount of UV radiation and the potential damages. The closer you move towards the equator, the higher the levels of UV radiation. And those who think that being inside eliminates risks, they are wrong.
A growing number of experts support the positive health effects of sunlight itself, with the implication that perhaps current sun exposure guidelines may be too rigid or even harmful. When sunlight as a whole is demonized, we at Skinergies believe in photoadaptation and narrow down to incidental sun exposure, that we should worry about.
In addition to contributing to premature aging at an alarming rate, the sun is also one of the key contributors to one of the most common dermatological conditions: hyperpigmentation. Thankfully, research is showing that plant-based, topical ingredients can be effective alternatives to well-known, but riskier ingredients such as hydroquinone.
Aside from the well-known broad spectrum sunscreen, antioxidants represent a different path to boost our skin’s defense against UV rays. What are their role? How can we supply our body with antioxidants in order to prevent premature aging?