What’s the number one cause of premature aging – and how can you stop the clock?
Whether you live in Miami Florida or Minot North Dakota, you’re exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. It’s kind of a catch-22 – when you’re exposed to the sun, your body makes Vitamin-D. To maintain healthy blood levels, you need 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight every day.
But the damage that the sun does to your face in just 30 minutes a day is the primary cause of premature aging.
What’s a girl to do
We all lead busy lives, going to and from work, walking the dog, meeting friends, or going shopping – you’re likely to expose your face to the sun at least an hour a day with routine tasks.
Most women are too busy to worry about shielding their face from the sun, or they believe that their make-up has enough SPF to protect them – but the truth is that up to 80% of visible aging is caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays – not just normal aging, stress, or even lack of sleep.
And those fine lines and dark spots? They’re most likely from sun damage.
Sunscreen is not the answer
The sun may seem brighter in the summer months, but even when it’s cloudy and overcast it’s important to remember that of the UV solar radiation that reaches us on Earth, up to 95% of it is UVA (long wave ultraviolet A) and about 5% is UVB (short wave ultraviolet B) – so you should always protect your skin by wearing sunscreen year-round.
The FDA recommends limiting sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense.
Sun damage is more than just the visible dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, its effects can be seen at a molecular level. UVA radiation creates damaging free radicals – unstable atoms that can cause damage to cells leading to unhealthy skin and accelerated aging.
Sun exposure can cause your skin to lose its elasticity, to become thin and more translucent, resulting in broken capillaries. Overexposure can also lead to changes in the texture of your skin making it dry, rough, and leathery.
But even with sunscreen, you are bound to develop sun damage – the key is to treat it from the inside out, to nourish and heal your skin with bioidentical and botanical ingredients that will feed your skin what it needs to repair itself.
Reversing Sun Damage
Fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, dark spots – these facial aging signs are known as photoaging and although preventing sun damage is easier than reversing it – it isn’t impossible. There are only a few skincare products that can treat photoaging with visible improvement in as little as 6 – 8 weeks.
Savvy shoppers research their skincare systems – only to find that most products contain water and great fragrances. Not all skincare formulas are created equal and there are some key ingredients in helping restore, rebalance, and revitalize your skin that you should look for if you’re looking for transformative skincare results.
Seek out products that contain clinically formulated collagen peptides – but only products that follow the 500 Dalton Rule -because they’ll be small enough to penetrate the outer layer of your skin and kick start the production of new collagen – making your skin plumper and more supple.
Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins produced throughout your body that communicate crucial messages vital to growth and healing.
As you mature, your cells stop producing as many growth factors which leads your skin to lose its elasticity, develop wrinkles and fine lines, and become sun damaged. Growth factors help nourish and repair the skin, so it’s important to use skincare products with a high concentration of growth factors so your skin can heal and rejuvenate.
Sea kelp is infused with antioxidants that help protect your skin from harmful UVA rays and is a powerful natural ingredient to keep your skin from prematurely aging from sun damage.
Sea kelp also hydrates the skin as it is rich in minerals that help your skin retain its moisture – keeping it hydrated for longer – perfect for soothing and nourishing dry, photoaging skin. Sea kelp contains minerals that penetrate the skin and remove toxins, which along with its anti-inflammatory properties means it can reduce redness and give you a more even skin tone.
Finding the Best Products to Fight Sun Damage
Choose science-backed, clinically proven, and deeply restorative bio-active formulas to rejuvenate and revitalize even the most delicate skin at a cellular level prompting it to rebuild the skin’s protective barrier.
It’s important that you use sunscreen as a preventative measure, not just because the sun’s rays are carcinogenic and can play a key role in the development of skin cancer, but because it will help accelerate the positive impact of scientifically formulated skincare products designed to reverse the immediate effects of photoaging.
Want to see the results for yourself? Take a look at NB’s before and after pictures so you can see the difference for yourself.
Learn more at NB, the science behind beautiful skin.