SUNSCREENS! SUNSCREENS! SUNSCREENS!

Sunscreen is the cornerstone of the Korean beauty routine and in Korea it is a real obsession for everyone: both men and women. According to this country’s cultural dictates every beauty ritual aimed to a sought after glass skin must necessarily end with the application of a sun filter, to seal in the skin the nutrients of the previous steps and ensure lasting hydration. With a thousand-year-old botanical tradition and unparalleled technological research, Korean sunscreens are the best that the beauty world has to offer in terms of cutting-edge, conscious and clinically tested products for healthy, spotless, shiny skin. 

WHEN TO USE SUNSCREEN?

In just a word? Always. The sun’s rays are a real threat to skin health, especially in summer. These merciless enemies always strike, even when you’re on the move or when you think you’re safe, such as in a car. Korean cosmetics are increasingly smart and designed to offer minimal sun protection in addition to the benefits for which they were developed. But when it comes to prolonged exposure, these may not be enough. Remember that using sunscreen doesn’t mean giving up a healthy complexion, it’s good to keep your skin young and fresh for longer.

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THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN: UVA AND UVB RAYS.

Why is sunlight so dangerous to the skin? The problem is all in its rays, which contain dangerous ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC rays. While the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs UVC rays, UVA and UVB rays reach the skin and it is from them that we must protect ourselves. Of the two, UVA rays are the most dangerous for the skin because they penetrate deeper into the skin and leave no visible signs, accelerating the degenerative process of the tissues which can worsen from the formation of wrinkles to cancer. UVBs, on the other hand, concentrate more on the surface. Tanning and sunburn are the direct result, but even in this case more serious consequences such as melanoma should not be underestimated.

THE SUN AND THE AGING SKIN.

Generally aging is only one of the many consequences of tissues’ degeneration, of which, is due to oxidative stress. This is a pathological situation that manifests itself when the organism is exposed to the stress of certain endogenous or exogenous oxidizing agents, such as stress, smoking, alcohol, which undermine the chemical stability of the structure. Ultraviolet rays in contact with the skin also have the same effect, the so-called Photo Aging. This consists of chronic damage to the skin that can also affect the DNA of the cells that are added to those of biological aging. Photoaging affects collagen and causes deep and diffuse wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dry and rough skin, dilated capillaries, sun spots, flaking, even, in the most serious cases, skin cancer.

TIP: FILL UP ON ANTIOXIDANTS FOR A HEALTHY LOOK... AT FIRST GLANCE.

Citrus fruits, berries, grapes, broccoli are full of antioxidants and can awaken cell function, revitalization and metabolism, helping to protect collagen and elastin and stimulate the synthesis of new hyaluronic acid, protecting against stress induced by free radicals produced by external agents.

CHOOSE THE PERFECT SOLAR FILTER FOR YOU: THE PROTECTION INDEXES.

The protective power of a sunscreen can be expressed through two indices, the SPF and the PA, which refer to the ability to protect the skin from UVB and UVA adjuncts respectively. SPF or “Sun Protection Factor” indicates how long the sun protects us from UVB rays. The SPF should be understood as a multiplier. If the skin of a certain phototype takes 20 minutes to sunburn, the correct use of an SPF20 will prevent sunburn for 400 minutes, i.e. about 6 hours.

On the other hand, PA index is used in Asia. It is obtained from in vivo tests that measure the skin’s reaction to UVA rays. The indication PA+ corresponds to a UVA protection factor between the values of 2 and 4 (this means that you can expose yourself to UVA rays 2-4 times longer than without any protection); PA++ corresponds to a protection between 4-8 while PA++ is higher than 8 and PA+++ is higher than 16.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU APPLY SUNSCREEN?

Applying sunscreen every morning provides protection to cover the entire day. Remember to repeat the application every two hours if you’re taking an active bath.

TIP: When you go out, remember to reapply it every two hours, especially if your skin is dry or sensitive.

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