A “beach bod” and a killer tan is the key to owning summer months, no matter where you are or what you are doing. However, does anyone really know what is happening to our bodies, specifically our skin, when we are exposed to UVA /UVB rays? Sarah Healy, a licensed esthetician and the manager at Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, breaks down what sun exposure does to the skin and how our SPF 15 Oil Free Moisturizer is the key to protect your skin against harmful rays wherever you are vacationing this summer.
What does sun exposure do to your skin?
SH: The sun is the number 1 aging factor for men’s skin and appearance. It can dehydrate the skin, which keeps it in an unhealthy state of constant repair mode. If you were born with less melanin, known as skins natural SPF, you are at a higher risk for sun-damaged skin. The sun actually damages fibers in the skin causing it to become thinner, which makes it stretch easier without returning to its smooth state as fast.
What are common symptoms of sun damages skin?
SH: Freckles, brown spots, broken capillaries, and a rough leathery texture and look to the skin. Overtime, after years of exposure, you skin can damage so severely that you will look older. However, most of this is preventable if you actually take your skin care routine seriously.
What are UVA / UVB rays and what do they do to your skin?
SH: UVA rays are the “aging” rays. They penetrate deep into the dermis and cause damage below the skins surface. These rays can penetrate deeply and damage the skin without us even knowing they are present. UVB rays are the “burning” rays. They don’t penetrate the skin as deep, but they do cause the production of melanin (tan) and cause more surface damage to the skin. They are the rays responsible for the sunburns we get from too much time at the beach.
What does SPF do for the skin?
SH: SPF can be a physical or chemical barrier that protects the skin from harmful rays depending on which ingredients are used. It begins working the second it’s applied to the skin and works by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Think of surfers with white cream on their noses. Chemical sunscreens are what most daily sunscreens are made up of. They work by absorbing the sun’s harmful rays. They have a thinner consistency, making the easier to apply and less noticeable but they need to be applied at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure so they have enough time to work.
What makes the SPF 15 Oil Free Moisturizer such a great product?
SH: It’s lightweight, easy to apply and doesn’t leave the skin looking or feeling greasy. It absorbs into the skin and won’t make the skin break out. Not to mention it provides all the nutrients and vitamins that our Oil Free Moisturizer does with the additional benefit of the SPF that protects from UVA/UVB rays.
How to work the SPF 15 into your skin care routine?
SH: As I mentioned before in a previous interview, for those with dryer skin, it’s best used AFTER a moisturizer is applied. Normal to oily skin, it’s best used as your moisturizer. It will always be the LAST product applied in any skincare routine so that you can lock all moisture in your skin. I would suggest using the SPF 15 Oil Free Moisturizer if you are going to be outside at various parts throughout the day, or as a base if you intend on being outside for most of the day for work or pleasure.