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Posted on July 08 2016

Need proof of sun damage on your face? Just take a look at your rear!

Oh the sun, it's such a great friend that we literally couldn't live without, but like any friend, we have to have boundaries! Cue sunscreen!

The skin found on your derriere is usually very smooth and tight. Why, you ask? It has to do with the mechanics of aging. Part of why getting nice and tan in the summer is dangerous for you later, is sun damage suppresses your immune system, making it easier for skin cancer to grow. Always remember, skin is our largest organ, and skin maintenance is a must.

Additionally, there is also the curious case of free radicals, contrary to their name, they are definitely not awesome.

Free radicals are the anarchists of your skin chemistry, killing cells and activating enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, the skin ingredients that keep your face taut, supple, and marketably young, and the cumulative damage from which results in skin aging. With that come fine lines, and as your skin gets thinner, the blood vessels underneath become more exposed.

We hear a lot of complaints about sunscreen clogging pores, lucky for us, the sunscreen industry is evolving and producing different sunscreens for different skin types. If you have oily/acne-prone skin, try using a micronized mineral sunscreen. Wondering when the sunscreen layer comes in? Start with cleansed skin, apply serum, cream, and once everything has been absorbed, apply sunscreen, followed by your regular makeup routine.

Our best rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen after you brush your teeth. That's right, we mean every single day! Even if you aren't heading to the beach, the sun is still there. Daily application is a major key. If you haven't been applying sunscreen on the reg, don't fret! It's never too late to start a sunscreen routine! The sooner you start, the sooner you'll be on your way to healthier skin.


1 comment

  • Becca Holton: January 15, 2018

    I wasn’t aware that sun damage suppresses your immune system. I’ve got a weak immune system as it is. Sunscreen isn’t something I think about wearing but that’s going to change.

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