Sun skin damage: most common problems
Tanning is a defence mechanism that the body activates to react to the environmental stressor of solar radiation, particularly ultraviolet rays (UVA or UVB).
UVB rays are common above all in summer and the central hours of the day. They cause immediately visible effects: solar erythema, sunburn, and hives. While inconvenient, these effects are easily resolved through appropriate treatment.
UVA rays, however, are common all year round, and cross through glass and clouds to penetrate skin.
They are responsible for longer-term effects, such as brown spots, keratosis (thickening of the skin), and premature skin aging.
However, the sun also benefits us, as it stimulates the production of:
- Vitamin D (fundamental for the health of the bones),
- Serotonin (the hormone for good moods),
- Melatonin (the hormone linked to peace and wellbeing).
Therefore, how do we protect our skin from the sun without losing the benefits of sunlight?
How to protect skin from the sun
It’s possible to protect skin from the sun and its risks even when the skin is particularly sensitive or has special needs (as in the case of skin that’s allergic or problematic).
- Protect yourself not just from UVB rays, but also UVA rays by selecting sun care products with broad spectrum filters.
- Don’t expose yourself to the sun during the central hours of the day during summer.
- Apply sun protection in adequate doses and several times during exposure.
- Help your skin to develop a natural tan by increasing exposure to the sun gradually.
- Wear light clothing, hats, and sunglasses to specifically protect vulnerable areas such as the nose, lips, ears, neck, shoulders, and scalp.
Finally, remember to never expose children younger than 1 year in age to the sun: their skin barrier is still not completely formed and therefore has few defences against UV rays. (HIGHLIGHTED QUOTATION)
Ceramol Sun line to protect skin from the sun
To protect skin from the sun, we’ve designed our products from the Ceramol Sun line with broad spectrum filters, effective against both UVB rays and against UVA rays.
In addition to offering sun protection, the Ceramol Sun products moisturise skin over the long term and repair the skin barrier. This is because they contain epidermal lipids (ceramide, cholesterol, and free fatty acids) that contribute to the restoration of the skin’s barrier function when it is altered by environmental stressors such as the sun.
The above information is not medical advice. It is given purely as an indication and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice.