WHAT IS INCIDENTAL SUN EXPOSURE?
You aren't thinking about the fact that your skin is sensitive to photo-damage during these moments, but it is.Incidental sun exposure occurs year-round, even on a cloudy, seemingly sunless day, even in winter, and even when sitting behind a window. UV-B rays are active during the “sunny” season and cause sunburns, while UV-A rays are way more dangerous: equally intense and active year-round, they’re also 100 times stronger than UV-B, and the #1 cause for photoaging and worse, melanoma.
DAILY EXPOSURE TO AMBIENT SUNLIGHT CAUSES DAMAGE TO YOUR SKIN
Here is a little skin care secret: you should reconsider.Daily exposure to ambient sunlight accumulates and causes photo-aging. Distinct from chronologic aging, photo-aging alters normal skin structure: it is premature aging caused by repeated exposure to UV, primarily from daylight generated UV-A and UV-B but also from artificial UV sources. Photo-aging appears on the most visible parts of the body — face, neck lips, back of the hand, and décolleté area for women. These areas are constantly exposed to daylight, year-round.
"Melanin serves as a physical barrier and protects against the penetration of UV through the epidermis"
HOW THE SKIN PROTECTS FROM SUN DAMAGE
But today, our melanin isn’t as strong as it should be. Because of our increasingly indoor lifestyles and our lack of chronic, non-burning sun exposure, melanin doesn’t get the regular stimulation it needs, leaving our skin unable to protect during the daily moments of passive exposure to UV. Restoring photoadaptation and the photoprotective properties of the skin is at the heart of Skinergies’ technology.
The A-B-C's of UV & Visible Light
Sunlight contains visible light rays and also invisible ultraviolet rays that can tan or burn the skin.
There are two main types of invisible UV rays that pass through our atmosphere and reach the skin, as well as blue light, which is part of the visible light spectrum:
Sometimes called “aging” rays, UVA can penetrate clouds and glass, and are present during all daylight hours with equal intensity, all year long. UVA rays are the most damaging to skin at the deepest levels and a main cause of irreversible damage, starting with premature aging.
Filtered by clouds and gases in our atmosphere, UVB rays tan and burn the skin (think of the B for “burn”). UVB rays mostly hit our skin during what we call the sunny season – spring and summer. Essential to our health, UVBs are necessary for the body to synthetize Vitamin D from sunlight.
Blue Light (BL)
Blue Light has the shortest wavelength and highest energy. That means it’s both good and bad for skin. Believed to be a mood booster, BL is used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder and regulates circadian rhythms. However, BL can negatively affect the eyes as, unlike UV rays, Blue Light penetrates the retina. Research has discovered that Blue Light is also a growing factor in premature aging because BL can penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, where it impacts collagen and elastin. Alarmingly, while most Blue Light is found in sunlight, our constant, round-the-clock usage of electronics — phones, tablets, and computers — exposes us to the most Blue Light, making it a 24/7 skin and health concern.
Skinergies Incidental Sun™ System
Skinergies Incidental Sun™ System supports the skin’s daily UV protection at 2 levels:
Stimulates UV protection from within
At the heart of our technology is the stimulation of the melanin’s activity, and the activation of the natural skin defense system against sun in order to better protect cells from UV, limiting photo-damage primarily associated with premature aging.
Added anti-photodamage boosters
Because our melanin is not able to manage it all, we’ve added ingredients carefully selected for their UV damage mitigation properties, to actively support the skin’s own protection and repair activity: anti-photoaging, photo-damage repair.