Active sunscreens: health and beauty under the sun

23 August, 2019
Protectores solares activos

In Spain, the #SaludsinBulos Institute and the Association of Pharmacy Professionals (ASPROFA) have published a Decalogue of myths about sun protection to dismantle false beliefs and raise awareness about the correct use of active sunscreens.

Everybody is concerned about the fact of protecting and taking care of their skin during the warmer months. The false myths about photoprotection are an important health risk, as they contribute to an increased risk of skin problems.

And according to the FDA, many companies are also putting consumers’ health at risk, giving a false sense of safety and offering some food supplements that could prevent sunburn, reduce premature skin aging from the sun or protect against skin cancer risks.

The FDA requires the industry to conduct research on additional sunscreen active ingredients that will help us answer crucial questions about its safety.

UVA and UVE radiation

The sunlight we receive is composed of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) sunlight and short-wave ultraviolet B (UVB) sunlight.

UVA rays penetrate into the dermis, the thickest layer of skin.

Unprotected exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin and wrinkles (photoaging) and suppression of the immune system.

UVB rays will generally burn the surface layers of your skin.

The intensity of UVB rays may vary by season, location, and time of day. From 10AM to 2PM are the hours most at risk.

However, UVA radiation occurs year-round and produces harmful effects in the deepest layers of the skin: dermis and connective tissue.

Sunburned skin not only ceases to have a healthy appearance, but can also cause permanent damage over time, such as altering long-term cells and producing photoaging, sun allergy, skin pigmentation disorders and cancer of the skin. skin.

Therefore, we must protect and care for our skin with products that contain active sun protection factors and sunscreens such as FDA-approved active sunscreens.

What is SPF Active sunscreens?

SPF means sun protection factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their capacity to deflect UVB rays.

The SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn protected skin with sunscreen versus unprotected skin.

To ensure maximum SPF coverage, you should apply generously to exposed skin and follow these sun protection tips proposed by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

From Cosmewax, we recommend the following active sunscreens

Raspberry oil

The vegetable oil of raspberry or seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 present between 50-60%. These seeds provide vitamin E, which regenerates the structure of the skin rebuilding the epidermal lipids, providing moisture and elasticity.

In addition to containing nourishing, antioxidant and anti-aging properties, it also counts on a natural filter that protects from UVA and UVC rays and pampers the skin.

Carrot oil

This essential oil is extracted from the dried seeds of the wild carrot plant (Daucus carota) of the family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae. The oil has a viscous consistency, a yellowish-brown colour, and a woody, earthy fragrance.

It stimulates and accelerates cell formation. Furthermore, it helps to increase sebum production not to excess, which converts it into perfect oil for dry and scaly skin. It accelerates sun tanning due to its high levels of carotenes.

Burdock Oil

This is a fatty substance (oil) that is extracted from the leaves and roots of a plant called Burdock.

It emolliates and stimulates the skin protection functions. It contains antibacterial, purifying and photoprotective properties that contribute to avoid the damaging effects of UVB radiation.

Elderberry oil

Elderberry oil is obtained from the seeds of the black elderberry bush (Sambucus nigra).

Vegetable oil is generally a product obtained during the production of elderberry juice, is greenish-yellow in colour and has a characteristic aroma.

This oil is characterized by its high levels of polyphenols, which protects the skin against damaging solar rays.

Use the active sunscreen of your choice, don’t forget to always protect yourself from the sun!

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