Finally summer has come to Ireland and it feels so great! Sometimes I think I have a built-in solar battery in my body… and now, at last, I can fully charge it.
Be cautious with the sun exposure though. Remember to use sunscreen before you go out, as sunburns are nothing nice, you know that! I’m sure you’ve experienced that a few times in your life.
Let’s see what happens to your skin when it’s not properly protected.
When ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin, they break down collagen and elastin, which are the two main structural components of the skin responsible for maintaining its proper hydration and elasticity. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation causes skin inflammation, redness and extreme dryness. Skin becomes very tender and it may become flaky with time. In more severe cases (especially common among light-skinned persons and infants, who lack sufficient skin pigment called “melanin”) it may result in endema, blistering, intense pain, sometimes together with shock, fever and nausea. You need 15 minutes in the sun for the process to begin. Redness will start within 6-12 hours and peak within a day.
What’s more the sun damages the DNA of the exposed skin cells. In response, the cells release enzymes that excise the damaged parts of the DNA and encourage the production of replacement DNA. This process can go wrong and as a result you might develop a skin cancer.
How to avoid it?
Use sunscreen before you go outside! There is a wide range of sunscreens which block both UVA and UVB rays. The UVB (short-wave) protection of a sunscreen is indicated by its SPF (sun protection factor) number. The higher the number, the better skin protection. However it is the UVA (long-wave) rays that are more likely to cause skin cancer and skin ageing. To make sure you are protected against both kinds of rays, look for sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher plus some combination of the following UVA-screening ingredients: stabilized a avobenzone, ecamsule (a.k.a. MexorylTM), oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. You can read more about that HERE.
What to do when you get sunburn?
You have probably tried many different methods already and you have the one that works for you. From protein compresses to expensive medications, depending whether you believe in natural treatments or not necessarily so much.
There is however probably the most natural method you could imagine. Since now you know that the sun breaks down collagen and elastin, what could be better than collagen and elastin to fix the damage? Yes, Natural Collagen works real “magic” here, as it stimulates your own cells to produce more collagen, which means whatever has been damaged, will be fixed much much faster! You can finish it up with Colway’s Collagen Ultra-Moisturising Body Lotion with hyaluronic acid thanks to which your skin will stay perfectly moisturised for 24 hours.
Let’s have a look at the list of ingredients (INCI) of Natural Collagen once more:
aqua, collagen, caprylyl glycol, elastin, lactic acid
Why look for something artificial, synthetic, while you can give your skin what it’s naturally built of?
Some effects of using Natural Collagen ‘Silver’ on sunburnt skin:
- soothing damaged skin
- reducing redness and inflammation
- restoring proper hydration of the skin (collagen and elastin bind water cells)
- prevention of skin flaking
- speeding up healing processes
- prevention of skin ageing