Suddenly, searching in the mirror is a problem. Suddenly, you don’t head out that much. The sight of crow’s feet haunts you even if you do not have them. Face it, you’re aging.
Technically, aging means a procedure that includes modifications in the structure and elasticity of the skin with time. Typically, it begins as early as your late teenage years and may start as late as in your late twenties. Our skin does a lot of things. It evaluates experiences such as pressure, pain and touch. It also protects us from the environment, assists balance fluid and electrolytes and most of all, helps in the regulation of our body temperature. With that stated, our skin is plainly overworked. The least we can do is secure it from further damage.
Aging is majorly triggered by either of these two: typical physiological aging (no matter what we do, we will wrinkle in time) and UV direct exposure (accounts for 95% of the wrinkles that you might have now). The enemy that we have to fight is the UV exposure. How can we beat it?
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
There are three kinds of UV rays: the UVA, UVB and UVC. These are graded according to their wavelength. The longest wavelength rage are UVA rays and the shortest, UVC rays.
UVA wavelengths are almost harmless. The risk is not non-existing however it’s highly negligible. Sunshine, when going through normal glass includes UVA wavelengths. Brief UVA wavelengths are those used for sun/UV tanning. Nevertheless, this type of tanning is not totally safe. It still exposes your skin to UV rays and hastens its aging. Likewise, around 50% of skin cancer is gotten through sun tanning.
UVA does not damage DNA straight, unlike UVB and UVC. It does not trigger sunburn but it can permeate deeply. UVA can produce reactive chemical intermediates which can hurt the DNA such as hydroxyl and oxygen radicals. UVA rays damage the collagen fibers of your skin.
Next, let’s talk about UVB. Your skin can only take percentages of UVB rarely. Meaning, no matter how little the direct exposure is, it threatens if it’s every day. UVB, like UVA, can diminish the Vitamin A in your skin. Unlike UVA, UVB light causes DNA damage directly. It awakens the DNA particles in the skin cells, triggering a modification on the DNA’s growing strand. This is a mutation that is typically found in the majority of skin cancer cases. UVB also causes collagen damage, albeit slower than UVA.
UVC is the least permeating since the outermost part of your skin, the epidermis, is made from dead cells. This portion secures you from UVC. UVC is rather damaging to living cells and has burning effects.
The very best that you can do to combat these perpetrators is to use sun block/sunscreen every day. The higher the SPF (Sun Security Factor), the much better. Professionals suggest wearing sun block/ sun block with at least SPF 15 for everyday use. Nevertheless, if you are at the beach, or cycling, or hiking, your sun block ought to have a minimum of SPF 30. It’s like having 15 layers of skin every day or 30 layers of skin when you are heavily exposed to the sun.
Don’t believe that if there’s no sun you can guide clear from UV damage. Use sunscreen EVEN IF there is no sun. Bear in mind that the stronger UV rays can penetrate through the clouds and these can still damage your skin. These are the rays that you should secure yourself from. Likewise, some bulbs include UV rays, albeit weaker. So even if you’re just indoors, it’s still advised to use sunscreen.
There. That is simply everything you need to combat aging. Keep in mind to keep the concepts useful. First, discover your opponent and after that arm yourself. It’s the “art of war”… of appeal war.