Welcome to Contour Collection, a Boutique Aesthetics Practice dedicated to helping you achieve the skin of your dreams. We are here to talk about the most important step in your skin care routine, especially in Colorado’s high altitude, sunny climate. Yes, we're talking about SPF, an absolute must for everyone.
When it comes to preserving youthful skin, maintaining and creating additional collagen is the name of the game. Collagen is a protein that provides the skin with elasticity, firmness and a smooth appearance. Unfortunately, collagen degrades over time (experts estimate that we lose 1% of collagen annually). However, it's not just the passage of time that contributes to collagen breakdown. There are three major lifestyle factors that contribute to collagen breakdown. These 3 things are sun exposure (ultraviolet light), sugar consumption (glycation is the process of glucose breaking down collagen), and smoking cigarettes. In this blog, we are going to focus on sun exposure and the benefits of SPF:
THE BENEFITS OF SPF
Shields Against Harmful UV Rays:
The primary function of sunscreen is to protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. UV rays come in two forms: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can penetrate deep into the skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots. On the other hand, UVB rays cause sunburn and are primarily responsible for skin cancer. Exposure to UV rays also generates an increase in free radicals within the skin. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cellular damage and oxidative stress. This oxidative stress can further accelerate collagen degradation and lead to various skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation, sunspots, and a dull complexion. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) effectively shields our skin from both UVA and UVB rays, reducing the risk of skin damage. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C are also a key ingredient to neutralize free radicals - more on that here.
Reduces the Risk of Skin Cancer:
Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer worldwide, and exposure to UV radiation is a significant risk factor. Regularly applying sunscreen can help decrease the risk of developing skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which is the deadliest form. By creating a protective barrier, sunscreen prevents UV rays from damaging the DNA in skin cells, decreasing the chances of mutations that lead to cancer.
Slows Down Premature Aging:
Ever wonder how some people seem to age gracefully, maintaining smooth and youthful skin? Apart from genetics, the answer often lies in consistent sun protection. Exposure to UV rays accelerates the aging process, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of skin elasticity. By using sunscreen daily, you can effectively slow down premature aging and keep your skin looking vibrant for years to come.
Guards Against Sun-Related Discoloration:
Sunspots, also known as hyperpigmentation, are dark spots that appear on the skin due to increased melanin production caused by sun exposure. These spots can be challenging to fade once they appear. Wearing sunscreen regularly can prevent sunspots from forming and can even help lighten existing ones, as the skin's natural healing process is given a chance to correct itself without further damage.
Maintains an Even Skin Tone:
Besides preventing hyperpigmentation, sunscreen helps maintain a more even skin tone. It prevents the sun from exacerbating existing skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema, which can worsen with sun exposure. A consistent sunscreen routine can aid in managing these conditions and promote overall skin health.
Promotes Healthier Skin:
Wearing sunscreen is not only about protection; it also promotes healthier skin. Sunscreen typically contains moisturizing agents, antioxidants, and vitamins that nourish the skin, keeping it supple and hydrated. Some sunscreens even come with added ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, which aid in reducing inflammation and increasing skin's moisture retention.
Enhances the Effectiveness of Skincare:
Your skincare routine can significantly benefit from incorporating sunscreen. Many skincare products, like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), can increase skin sensitivity to the sun. By using sunscreen daily, you prevent these potent ingredients from causing additional damage and allow them to work their magic without compromising your skin's health.
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Lightweight, non-greasy formula
Moisturizes and improves skin's texture and tone
Safe for sensitive skin
Comes in both tinted & untinted
In summary, the preservation and creation of collagen are paramount in achieving and maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Protecting the skin from UV damage is crucial in this endeavor, as UV radiation is a major contributor to collagen breakdown, premature aging, and the development of various skin conditions. By incorporating sunscreen, practicing sun-safe habits, and minimizing exposure to harmful UV rays, you are protecting your own skin’s integrity and preserving your youth.
Read our blog post on the importance of vitamin c to hear why it is important to apply vitamin c before your SPF product.
If you have any questions about SPF, or any other skin care products, we are here to help! You can reach us at (720) 629-8921, or you can book a New Client Consultation to learn more. We're happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process.