Safer Sun with the right sunscreen!

Let the sun shine! But beware! UV radiation is still often underestimated. Without protection, the skin suffers from the very first rays of the sun. Numerous studies have shown that, due to the thinning ozone layer, the intensity of the sun is very aggressive, and not only at midday. The right sunscreen should therefore be part of the daily routine in summer.

On the other hand, sunshine is simply good for you: breathing, blood circulation, metabolism, circulation are stimulated and vitamin D is formed, which stabilizes the bones. The oxygen content in the blood is also increased and the immune system strengthened. An extra portion of the happiness hormone serotonin also pampers the soul. As a result, you often have more power and a good mood in the summer.

Indulgence without regret thanks to innovative sunscreen. If you suffer from sensitive skin and want to counteract premature aging, choosing the right sunscreen is particularly important.

UV radiation alone accounts for 80 percent of premature skin aging. The short-wave UVB rays tan the skin indirectly. They stimulate the formation of melanin, which makes the skin look brown. UVB rays are dangerous, but calculable. Where they are particularly strong, you need sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.

The long-wave UVA rays tan directly, penetrate deeper into the skin and cause irreparable long-term damage: The connective tissue is weakened, the skin loses its elasticity – free path for wrinkles (photo-aging). UVA rays can even change the gene structure in the cells and lead to skin cancer in the long term.

UV rays make old

Unfortunately, yes! The UVA rays contained in sunlight are considered one of the main culprits when it comes to skin aging. They penetrate deep into the fibroblast-rich dermis, where collagen and elastin are produced, and damage cells there. UVB rays are short-wave but literally incendiary, because they cause sunburn and are partly responsible for the development of skin cancer.

Sunscreen also in the office?

UV rays also penetrate window glass. Although UVA rays are attenuated, they can penetrate the glass. Therefore, apply light protection in the car or office when the sun is shining. Super practical for this is the “on top skin shield SPF 10” from REVIDERM. The super-light texture covers day care or make-up like a transparent film. Contains broadband filters, infrared technology and radical protection and is even suitable for hypersensitive skin.

Cream rule

In order to be safely protected in the summer, one must also adhere to certain rules for applying sunscreen. Studies have shown that 46 percent of Germans still do not protect themselves with sunscreen and 30 percent only apply it once a day. Special application tests have also shown that many consumers clearly apply too little sunscreen. As a result, the sun protection factor indicated on the package is not even reached. Often, only 0.5 to 1.5 mg of cream per square centimeter of skin is applied, and thus only about half the protection is achieved. As a rule, one finger length of sunscreen should be applied to the face, and two finger lengths each to the arms, abdomen, neck, back, legs and feet.

Protected from the inside

We can also prepare ourselves for summertime and sun vacations from the inside. Certain foods help to build up the skin’s own UV barrier. Anti-oxidant substances are found in fish, which contains omega-3 fatty acids and selenium (salmon, tuna, herring). Carrots and tomatoes (especially tomato paste) protect the cells with a lot of beta-carotene and lycopene, blueberries and apples with vitamin C.

Shady time out

Dermatologists advise taking no more than 50 sunbaths per year. Under no circumstances should you sunbathe for more than 2 to 3 hours per day – even with UV protection. Especially during lunchtime, between 12 and 3 p.m., get out of the sun!