We all know that sunscreen is a must on a hot summer day spent lazing by the pool. In addition to protecting us from sunburn, a good sunscreen will also help to keep our skin looking youthful and healthy by preventing damage from the sun.
While we agree that sunscreen is an absolute must during the summer, but did you know that you need year round sun protection?
First, it’s important to realize that the sun’s rays are composed of 3 types - UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC rays are not a concern because they burn off before they reach the earth. UVB rays are the ones we’re familiar with - they are shorter UV rays and they’re the ones associated with nasty sunburns that many of us suffered as children.
On the other hand, UVA rays are longer rays and they penetrate much deeper into the skin. While their short-term effects aren’t as apparent, over the longer term they contribute to skin aging. They can break down the skin’s collagen and elastin, which gives young skin its elasticity and structure, and contribute to age spots. In addition, UVA rays are also responsible for some types of skin cancers.
Unlike UVB rays, which are prevalent primarily in the summer between the hours of 10 am and 4pm, UVA rays are around year round, regardless of the weather. They penetrate through clouds and haze and even pass through windows! So don’t think you’re protected if you sit inside by a desk all day, especially if that desk is next to a window. That’s why it’s important to have year round sun protection.
The best year round sun protection will deliver protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Not only will it protect us from sunburns, but it will also help to keep our skin looking youthful. The sunscreen you select should also be photostable, meaning that it won’t break down when exposed to sunlight, like many of the sunscreens on the market today.
Anthelios sunscreens by La Roche Posay contain a patented combination of photostable, broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun filters that deliver excellent protection in a range of formulations suitable for all skin types. From sprays, to creams and lotions, the Anthelios range offers year round sun protection for body and face.
Hydraphase UV SPF 30 is a combination moisturizer and sunscreen that delivers excellent year round sun protection against UVA and UVB rays. It contains Mexoryl SX sunscreen, an excellent UVA blocking sun filter plus titanium dioxide and octinoxate to deliver a complete UV blocking action. It’s perfect for most skin types (except oily or sensitive) and allows you to moisturize and protect in one convenient step.
So the next time someone tells you that you’re looking really youthful lately. Tell them it’s no wonder. “I use Anthelios for the best year round sun protection available anywhere!”