Sun Damage Skin

This information on sun damage skin comes from Hannah's notes at Skin Actives.

Sun Damage Skin and the Product Selector

When you have skin issues or a particular skin care need, our new Product Selection Tool will help you to find what you need, using it to narrow the field by gender, age, and whether you want “Ready to Use” products or to “Make Your Own”. When looking at Sun Damage, there are two sides to this: prevention and repair. Let’s begin with our Ready to Use products and see what the product selector can help us with.

First, we have our Sunscreen. Designed for protection, our sunscreen has several active ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 7%, Octisalate 5% to aid in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. If you’ve been out in the sun too long, you might try our Ultramarine Nutrient Serum to help with the immediate effects of sunburn. While it might feel a little tingly putting on freshly sun burnt skin (almost anything will), the great anti-inflammatory properties of the kelp extracts will soothe the skin helping to calm and take away redness.

If you have spent years in the sun, try our UV Repair Cream. Designed to help prevent further UV damage and help the skin reverse the effects of such damage, our UV Repair Cream (aka Be Kind Rewind) is full of great actives including sandalwood essential oil (anticancer) which gives it a great scent. If you have a stubborn sunspot, try our TCA Peel Kit.

While the Ready to Use products are always a good start, you may wish to go the DIY route. Mixing your own creams can be very fun and rewarding (and money saving in the long term). Here’s a quick primer on some of our sun-related actives:

  • Ferulic Acid – Photo-protective Antioxidant

  • Galangal – UV absorber / SPF Booster

  • Gamma Oryzanol – Photo-protective Antioxidant

  • Hesperidin – Helps improve the appearance of sun spots

  • Lutein – Protects against UV induced redness, inflammation, and wrinkling

  • Lycopene – Helps inhibit growth of several types of cancer cells

  • Melatonin – Alleviates radiation burns, improves skin texture (and when used with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, improves skin elasticity)

  • Niacinamide - Decreases UV-induced skin cancers and prevents immunosuppression by UV

  • Polypodium leucotomos Extract – Helps inhibit angiogenesis and protects Langerhans cells from depletion, a process initiated by UV

  • Pomegranate Extract –Antioxidant, promotes synthesis of collagen and inhibits metalloproteinase-I (collagenase), inhibits melanin synthesis by UV.

  • Selenomethionine – Anti-melanoma, inhibits broadband UVB and UV-induced DNA damage

  • Silymarin – Improves recovery of skin from UV light and chemical carcinogens and can be helpful with non-melanoma skin cancers

    Choose any of the actives, mix into Canvas Base Cream or European Base Cream and create your own fantastic cream. This is just the beginning and an example of some of things you can find by making just one choice on the Product Selection Tool. Imagine all the fun new actives and products you can find!

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    Add Note

    Mark from Brighton asked me to discuss the issue of sun damage skin in young people, but I have a teenaged granddaughter and I know how attentively she listens to me when I talk about “important issues”. I also remember how attentively I used to listen to my elders when I was her age. I think it is best to have a Solarcaine spray handy for when our teenagers come home in pain after spending too much time in the sun, plus lots of “be kind rewind” cream for when they can tolerate anything applied to their backs. For milder sun burns, our Marine nutrient serum is a must.

    For old sun damage (like the one we suffered when we were teenagers because we thought we were immortal): Vitamin A cream at night, Be kind rewind cream day and night, and sunscreen; annual visits to a good dermatologist to check for strange moles and other signs of skin cancer.

    Please remember that sun damage to the skin goes hand-in-hand with eye cataracts: see an ophthalmologist every year.

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