Days out on the beach are terrific fun but do you know that long exposure to sunshine can give you tan and sunburns!
An afternoon soaking up sun on a chilly winter day sounds absolutely great! But do you know that it also exposes your skin to sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause premature aging signs, fine lines and pigmentation, even skin cancer?
Similarly, do you know that while being out in open environment may feel nice but the pollution, smoke, fumes, smog and dust in the air can leave your skin dull, pathcy and lined?
Most people know that one should always, always wear sunscreen when out in natural sunlight. But just sunscreen is sometimes not enough. If you are going to be in an environment with pollution (let’s face it, that’s virtually everywhere these days!), your skin needs protection from pollution particles too.
There is one product that can protect your skin from both pollution as well as sun radiation.
This revolutionary product is called anti-pollution sunscreen. Let’s know more about this double benefit product.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is the separating and protecting barrier between the internal organs and the outer environment. However, in carrying out its protective functions, the skin itself is exposed to much harm from outside. One such damage comes from the ultraviolet rays of the sunlight. Another damaging factor is the pollutants in the environment that settle on skin, penetrate into pores and cause harm.
An anti-pollution sunscreen protects from both – UV radiation and pollutants.
First, UV radiation
So, why is a sunscreen important?
Sunscreen is an important way of protecting the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that come to earth as part of the regular sunlight. Within this UV spectrum, there two types of rays – UVA and UVB rays – and both are harmful for skin.
While UVB rays cause more damage on skin’s surface, UVA rays penetrate deeper and cause internal skin damage.
UVA rays are called sun’s silent killers as these penetrate into deeper layers of skin breaking skin’s strengthening structures to give rise to signs of aging, and even cancer.UVB rays in contrast do not penetrate deep but cause much visible damage – sunburn, tanning, pigmentation – to skin’s surface.
A good sunscreen shields you from both UVA and UVB rays.
What should I look for in a sunscreen? Why do we need different SPF numbers?
You may have noticed that the market is full of sunscreens, each offering different benefits and different SPF numbers. Mostly ranging between 15 and 55.
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how long and how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UV rays. It is important that you look for a sunscreen with the correct SPF for you depending on how long your exposure is likely to be in terms of duration.
The SPF or Sun Protection Factor measures how well and for how long your sunscreen will protect you from UV rays. For example, if your skin begins to burn after 10 minutes in the sun, wearing an SPF 15 sunscreen will mean that it will stay without burning for about 150 minutes (or 15 times longer). While SPF 15 blocks 93% of UV rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98% UV rays.
What about protection from pollutants?
Giving skin protection from pollutants is vital for skin health. A lot of pollution particles are small enough to penetrate into and clog up skin pores, generate harmful free radicals and cause damage that becomes visible as dullness, patchiness, fine lines, wrinkles, spots, acne, and even allergies and skin disorders.
We recommend opting for an anti-pollution sunscreen that offers an extra layer of protection against environment pollutants, even those of the tiniest size like less than 2.5 micrometers. Best choose an anti-pollution sunscreen that dispels pollutant particles and stops them from settling on the skin! Such a sunscreen will ensure that your skin remains protected, no matter how much you step out in the sun and how polluted the air around is.
Protection from UV rays and pollutants is fine but what about skincare?
While sun protection and pollution guard are the most vital things you need to look for, you should also take a look at the other ingredients in the formulation. You need quality ingredients that will suit and nourish your skin. Plus, your chosen product should also be completely without harmful parabens, mineral oils and silicones. Last but not the least; the formulation should be non sticky and fast absorb to feel comfortable on skin.
We recommend WOW Skin Science Anti Pollution Sunscreen with SPF 40. This advanced, all-in-one sunscreen, broad spectrum sunscreen has SPF 40 to counter both UVA and UVB effectively and for long exposures too. It has Alteromonas Ferment Extract from French Polynesian Sea Waters that contains natural polysaccharides for effective anti-pollution skin shield action. It spreads smoothly to form a shield on the skin to dispel even the tiniest (up to 2.5 micrometers) of pollution particulate matter hidden in smoke, fumes, dirt and dust.
A host of other beneficial ingredients have gone into making this sunscreen the top quality product that it is. It has been powered by Liquorice Extract that not only protects against UV damage, but also improves complexion and gives you a healthy glow. What’s more – it even reverses signs of sun damage by helping fade suntan.
Also contained in it is the miracle worker Aloe Vera – nature’s own remedy against sunburns. Aloe Vera moisturizes your skin, soothes sunburns and gently heals signs of damage. Vitamin B3 and E, meanwhile, neutralize harmful free radicals, and also help keep the skin smooth and soft.
As always with all WOW products, WOW Skin Science Anti Pollution Sunscreen with SPF 40 is completely free of harmful parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol (PG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG).
Use it every day to keep your skin safe from sun and pollution.