Does your sunscreen really protect you from skin cancer?
May 26, 2018
If you live in Texas, you understand summer.....I mean 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures already! The first thing that comes to mind is of course sunscreen. I can't emphasize how important it is to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. As an East Indian origin, I have a darker complexion, which means that my skin produces more melanin - called the Eumelanin. Eumelanin protects tissues and DNA from radiation damage of UV light. Not many of us know that melanin can harm us and protect us at the same time. So this is what happens....!
When our skin is exposed to UV rays (specifically UVB rays which have more energy and ability to cause sunburns), it generates reactive oxygen and nitrogen that energizes an electron in melanin.That energy can cause DNA lesions, which can lead to cancer-causing mutations. The lesions typically appear less than one second after UV radiation exposure. Do note that UVA rays causes the same damage due to tanning beds and sun exposure. But the interesting study conducted by Yale researchers noticed that while melanin is trying to protect us from harmful UV radiation, the melanocytes continue to produce cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs), a type of DNA damage long after sun exposure, even when in the dark. This is dangerous! So, you may think that applying your sunscreen before sun exposure is giving you complete protection, but it is not enough!
The solution? A sunscreen that works even after the exposure. A slow release of active ingredients and a sunscreen that would regulate hyper-pigmentation and age spots formation. That is the beauty of our BB Tinted Physical Sunscreen with a whopping SPF of 50. It is a cruelty free tinted sunscreen that fits all skin types and a color technology where one tint matches all skin types. The encapsulation of actives helps release these over a long period of time just what we need to protect our skin from the after effects of sun exposure.
Another precaution is to stay indoors between 10 am and 2 pm.