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.Importantly, 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” seasons and cause sunburns, while UV-A rays are way more insidious: equally intense year-round, they’re also 100 times stronger than UV-B, and the #1 cause for photoaging and worse, melanoma. Because your skin is constantly exposed to UV rays and visible light — not just when the sun is shining, incidental sun or more precisely, incidental exposure to UV, is a serious matter.
DAILY EXPOSURE TO AMBIENT SUNLIGHT CAUSES SERIOUS DAMAGE
Here is a little skin care secret: you should reconsider.When it comes to your health and your skin, daily exposure to ambient sunlight (and what you do about it) actually makes a difference. What your skin needs the most is "on call protection" all day every day, and primarily against the damaging effects of invisible yet dangerous UV-A rays.
Our Incidental Sun System has been formulated with this in mind, and this is why it doesn't have any SPF. Your biggest issue when you spend 10 or 20 minutes outside is not sunburns, it's the slow deterioration of your skin's DNA, causing premature aging and favorable conditions to melanoma.
Melanin is assumed to absorb 50% to 75% of UV-B rays, with an SPF between 2 and 4.
HOW THE SKIN AUTO-PROTECTS FROM SUN DAMAGE
Today, however, 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 (and the excessive use of products that inhibit natural production of melanin such as SPF), melanin doesn’t get the regular stimulation it needs, leaving our skin unable to adequately respond to those moments of passive exposure to UV. In fact, we are gradually losing our photoadaptation capabilities, making our skin and hair increasingly vulnerable to daily photodamage. Restoring photoadaptation and the photoprotective properties of your skin is at the heart of Skinergies’ products.
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:
“On call protection” against UV-B rays
By naturally activating the photo-protective function of the melanin, Skinergies skin care makes the skin able to trigger its own protection against UV-B rays whenever it needs it. Melanin is assumed to absorb 50%-75% of UV-B rays, and to offer between SPF 2 and SPF 4 against UV-B rays. SPF 2-4 is largely enough to protect your skin from the risks of burning when you’re out and about, while still allowing your body to synthesize vitamin D.
Full anti-photoaging skin care solution
Skinergies formula contains powerful natural filters of UV-A rays, blue light and IR, that have proven superior performance to synthetic filters present in most sunscreens. A blend of potent antioxidants acts as free radical scavengers, while naturally derived hyaluronic acid supports the regeneration of collagen III.