Posted on: 27th Feb, 2018
The evenings are gradually getting lighter, which is excellent news after the long nights of winter. However, now that it’s getting light again, you need to be even more aware of the effects of sun damage on your skin – it’s more potent than you might realise! You might think you’re safe in winter, but harmful UV rays can easily penetrate through clouds. In fact, sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature skin ageing, and that’s why – in order to properly look after your skin – you need to make sure you’re wearing plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen. Even when it’s cloudy out!
Lots of people don’t realise how much sun damage can affect our skin’s health, even in winter. How much, exactly? Well, according to the World Health Organisation, sun exposure might be responsible for up to an incredible 90% of the visible changes attributed to ageing. Constant exposure to the sun means that the ultraviolet (UV) light has a chance to start breaking down fibres in our skin called elastin, which is what gives it its youthful texture. When they start to break down too much, the skin begins to sag, stretch and lose its ability to spring back into place. It also means our skin bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal.
As we grow older, lots of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces can actually be attributed to sun exposure, which accelerates ageing. The thing to watch out for is that it actually affects all layers of your skin, including the epidermis, the dermis, blood vessels, sebaceous glands, and melanocytes (which can appear on your skin as mottled brown patches). It even has the ability to increase your risk for skin cancer – so stay away from the tanning beds!
You guessed it – plenty of sunscreen! Here at AP Skincare, our own Heliocare range is ideal for shielding your skin against the worst effects of sun damage. It’s been carefully formulated to provide the maximum level of protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so your skin gets the maximum benefit in turn. The most important thing to remember is not to underestimate the power of these UV rays! As we mentioned above, they’re particularly sneaky, easily penetrating through cloud cover and windows, while bouncing off reflective surfaces like glass, water, and even snow or stone.
If you truly want to protect your skin against the worst effects of sun damage, the key is to liberally apply broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. It can help to make it a part of your morning routine, like brushing your teeth. It only takes a few moments, and the long term benefits are definitely worth it. Trust us – we’re the experts!
Speaking of which, not only have we got the expertise here at AP Skincare, but we’ve got the passion too. We care about your skin’s health, and we offer a range of core services to help it stay looking and feeling amazing. Our Ederma Roller Collagen Therapy is a particular favourite of many of our clients, helping to rebuild the underlying structure of your skin. Why not pop into our Blackburn treatment centre to book an appointment, and see what we can do for you?