The summer is a magical time where our mood and wellbeing is boosted by the lighter days with an increase in outdoor activities like festivals, picnics or holidays abroad. Basking in the warmth of the sun’s rays at this time of year can feel wonderful however it’s essential to acknowledge the importance of sun protection.
Unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to various short-term and long-term consequences for our skin and overall health. We will delve into the significance of sun protection and explore ways to safeguard ourselves from its potential harm.
What are UV rays?
UV rays are classified into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC rays are mostly absorbed by the Earth's ozone layer and do not pose a significant threat. However, both UVA and UVB rays reach the Earth's surface and can have detrimental effects on our skin.
UVA rays have a longer wavelength, penetrate deep into the skin, and are responsible for premature ageing, wrinkles, and skin cancer. They can also penetrate through glass, making it essential to protect your skin even indoors or inside a car.
UVB rays have a shorter wavelength and primarily affect the outer layers of the skin. They are the main cause of sunburn, skin reddening, and can contribute to the development of skin cancer over time.
What are the consequences of unprotected Sun Exposure?
Sunburn: Prolonged exposure to UVB rays can result in painful sunburns. The skin becomes red, swollen, and sensitive, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of skin peeling and infection.
Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide. Overexposure to UV radiation, especially UVA and UVB rays, significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer. It is crucial to protect our skin to reduce this risk.
Premature Ageing: The world Health Organisation have states UVA rays are responsible for 90% of the premature aging of the skin. They break down collagen and elastin fibres, leading to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Protecting your skin from UVA rays can help maintain a youthful appearance.
Hyperpigmentation: UV radiation can trigger an overproduction of melanin, leading to uneven skin tone and dark spots. This condition, known as hyperpigmentation, can be challenging to treat and may require professional intervention.
Ultrasun create long lasting high level, Broad-Spectrum UV protection with a wide range of textures to suit every skin type. Bestsellers include -
Ultrasun Face SPF30 – This is suncare meets skincare, with premium skincare actives such as Ectoin to prevent premature ageing this fast-absorbing formula sinks into the skin quickly with a matte finish, the perfect base for make up. With high level UVA & UVB protection this is your go to all-in-one product.
Ultrasun Face Fluid SPF50+ - Our lightest texture, this satin like formula protects from pollution and environmental aggressors whilst delivering a very high UVA protection of 95% and an SPF50+.
Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF50 – A nourishing lip balm with high level broad spectrum SPF50 protection. Soothe chapped lips or use around the delicate eye area as a multipurpose SPF balm. With soothing ingredients like shea butter, Vitamin E & Argan Oil, it’s a summer saviour.
Ultrasun UV Face & Scalp Mist SPF50 - A super lightweight non greasy transparent spray which is ideal for topping up on the go. Perfect for over make up & with broad-spectrum SPF50 protection this is a handbag essential this summer.
Ultrasun Extreme SPF50+ - This photo-stable sun protection is designed for intense conditions and ultra-sensitive skin. Power packed with antioxidants as well as Vitamins E and B5 to moisturise and hydrate the skin whilst providing long lasting very high level protection against UVA, UVB and Infrared A.
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