Sun, Skin and Aging

The Ultraviolet Rays of the sun are responsible for many signs of aging. Protecting your face from its rays helps keep your skin looking younger. Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking younger, longer.But it does not imply the use of heavy sunscreen. You can get sufficient day-to-day sun protection from your cosmetics.


Photoaging is caused by lifetime sun exposure — and that is not limited to a few hours spent in the sun. Taking your dog for a walk, driving to work, and sitting in front of a sunny window are all examples of the sun exposure that we might not think of protecting ourselves against but over the years, they can add up to wrinkling, leathering and other signs of aging, as well as skin cancer.For this everyday exposure, cosmetics with the proper ingredients, applied the right way, can protect your skin.

[h1]Selection of Sunscreen[/h1]

Select a sunscreen-containing moisturizer. Look for a product labeled “broad-spectrum” that has an SPF rating that is 15 or higher. Search for the list of active ingredients. Look for zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or ecamsule (Mexoryl) combined with octocrylene and avobenzone. These are the most elegant, long-lasting broad-spectrum sunscreen ingredients found in moisturizers.

[h1]After Cleansing Routine[/h1]

After cleansing your face in the morning, apply the moisturizer to your face. Do not miss the ears, neck, and upper chest. We often overlook the latter areas in terms of sun protection, but are equally susceptible to photoaging.

[h1]How to Choose Foundation[/h1]

When choosing a foundation, look for one with an SPF rating between 8 and 15. While this may seem like asking for too much, the truth is that most people do not get the most out of their sunscreen because either they do not apply enough of it, or they apply it unevenly. Two applications of cosmetics that contain a sunscreen will increase your chances of getting good protection.

[h1]Benefits of Compact Powder[/h1]

Top off your foundation with powder. Your powder should be of the compressed type, and applied with a sponge. The use of powder has two main benefits: The tiny pigmented talc particles it contains provide a certain amount of protection on their own, and applying a layer of powder will help both your sunscreen and your moisturizer stay in play throughout the day. Once the sunscreen is off your skin, either washed away or by perspiration, or simply wearing off, it won’t protect you any longer.

Cosmetics can go a long way in protecting your face against UV damage. But sunscreen is only one element of skin cancer prevention. Following our guidelines is the best way to protect your skin and help keep it looking youthful for years to come.

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Written by Smita Diwan

Smita Diwan is a Media & Communication evangelist with 15+ years of steady growth. She has served across diverse verticals of Broadcast Journalism, Corporate Communications, Digital Media and Public Relations. A fitness enthusiast, Smita devotes her ‘rare’ free-time to yoga and meditation. As she strongly believes that the right balance is the key to steady growth.

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