What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
For years, consumers have had to trust the major manufacturers to provide the best protection against radiation from overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Now, more facts about what protection should really be and who best provides that protection has come to light and the results will surprise you!
Most people who use sunscreens agree that sunburn is bad for you. Unfortunately, few people actually realize that you do not have to be burned by the sun to have an increased risk of damage to the skin and the skin cancer that may result. A common misconception is that the higher the SPF values in a sunscreen, the better the protection. This is not entirely true since “SPF” only relates to UVB protection.
Nearly all sunscreens on the market today offer a great deal of protection but in a very limited range within the UVB range and almost none in the UVA range. While it is true that UVB exposure can lead to accelerated aging of the skin and an increased risk of skin cancer, scientists and researchers have recently discovered that UVA also causes an increased risk of skin cancer. This may have a significant bearing with the recent epidemic growth rate of Malignant Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Therefore, when using a sunscreen, it is important to use Dermatologist-recommended sunscreens. Our Pro-Tect® SPF 20 absorbs the most radiation across the widest range of frequencies.
Ultra Violet Radiation (UV)
•UV radiation is frequencies or wavelengths of non-visible light.
•Radiation is a catalyst that causes oxidation or free radical damage and mutations in the skin. This process is very similar to the discoloration that occurs when you slice an apple.
The simplest way to remember the damage that each wavelength causes is as follows:
•UVA creates long-term damage that accelerates the skin’s Aging process. It penetrates deep into your dermis and destroys natural collagen. It also causes DNA damage and induces immunosuppression. Recent dermatological studies indicate that skin cancers are being passed down from generation to generation. It causes tanning, dryness, wrinkles, leathery skin and discoloration. Daily, from dawn to dusk, each and every day of the year, you are at great risk to UVA radiation at 100% potency.
•UVB creates the Burn or topical discoloration of the skin’s epidermis. Any pink or redness means that your skin is getting radiation. It also causes DNA damage. That “great tan” is nothing more than damaged skin caused by radiation. UVB radiation is most prevalent from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
•UVC is deadly to plant and animal life. A healthy ozone layer filters out this wavelength. It is also created by artificial light settings, including tanning beds.
We are constantly being bombarded by the effects of UV radiation. You accumulate UV exposure. This starts at childhood. Your skin does not forget what you may have done to it 20, 30, 40 or more years ago.
Your body fights this free radical damage. Once the oxidation process outpaces your skin’s ability to fight it, discoloration, age spots, liver spots, wrinkles and skin cancers prevail. All of these are due to UV exposure!
This process destroys your natural Vitamin C that just so happens to be the major building block of your natural collagen. We are one of the only animals in the world that cannot reproduce our own Vitamin C. Unfortunately; we cannot ingest enough Vitamin C to systemically help our skin’s needs.