What you Need to Know about Sun Damage
The skin is our largest organ. This very thin membrane is all that separates us from the environment and the damaging effects of UV exposure to our skin, all year round.
Every day, our skin is exposed to UV rays, yet the long-term effects of sun exposure often only manifest later in life. Sun damage is the most common skincare problem in men and women, with 80% of photo-damage happening before the age of 18.
There are two types of UV rays; UV-A and UV-B:
UV-A rays penetrate into the skin’s deepest layer. Unprotected exposure to UV-A rays can lead to premature skin damage, ageing as well as skin cancer. As this ultraviolet light can penetrate through clouds, it is just as important to protect your skin in countries with a cooler climate as it is in countries experiencing heat.
UV-B rays cause sunburn as they usually burn the superficial layers of the skin. These rays also play a key role in the development of skin cancer.
Regardless of whether you burn, tan or see no visible changes to your skin, exposure to UV rays damage the DNA of skin cells.
Preventing long term sun damage
Sun damage is a skin disease caused by the sun. It is not a condition caused by time. Most damage incurred is the direct result of exposure to sunlight while performing daily activities such as shopping, driving and walking outside. This is why it is of the utmost importance to wear sun protection every day, all year round and not just when you’re soaking up the sun.
Environ’s sun care range has been scientifically developed to help provide UV-A and UV-B protection. This broad-spectrum range contains advanced ingredients which work in synergy to assist in providing protection before, during and after sun exposure.
RAD, one of Environ’s best sellers, provides a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15. It also supplies the skin with the essential antioxidants necessary for enhanced skin protection. The combination of physical and chemical sunscreens offers a broad protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays.
As a globally recognised, Professional Skin Care brand that is built on science, beauty and care, Environ believes that taking care of skin should start as early as possible, at four to five years old. By this early age, sun damage can already be detected in certain skin types.
Help nourish, protect and maintain a healthy, beautiful skin for a lifetime with Environ’s range of sun care products and vitamin A.
The role of vitamin A in skin defence
In 1980, Dr Des Fernandes, Founder and Scientific Director of Environ, lost two young patients to Melanoma. This was the driving force behind his studies into the mechanism of skin cancer. “My ground-breaking research into the skin-health properties of vitamin A took many years, but when I realised that I had found a way to make cosmetics of the future I felt like shouting “Eureka””. “Vitamin A is irreplaceable for the skin. There is simply no alternative for healthy skin at a cellular level".
Hear what Dr Des has to say about the role of Vitamin A in skin defence.
Through his intensive research, he discovered the crucial role of vitamin A in skin health.
Vitamin A helps regulate how our skin cells function. The localised Vitamin A deficiency, that all people everywhere suffer from, inhibits these natural functions.
Dr Des was the first to ensure a positive and visible effect on the skin through the use of vitamin A in high doses. Combined with a full brigade of antioxidants, vitamin A is the cornerstone ingredient in Environ’s skin care philosophy.
Bring your skin back to beautiful
As vitamin A absorbs UV energy, it creates a natural sun protection. On the opposite spectrum, vitamin A is also damaged by light and exposure to light depletes the skin’s vitamin levels. For skin to look healthy and radiant for life, it is important to defend it by restoring the vitamin A that is lost every day.
To bring skin back to normal and repair the DNA damage, slowly introduce vitamin A to your skincare routine. Environ’s unique Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ helps your skin slowly become accustomed to increasing levels of vitamin A and other ingredients. Find out more about the industry-leading Environ Essential ranges