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September 22, 2019
We also know that the best vitamin D comes from sun exposure.
But there is a lot of scientific evidence that sun exposure can cause skin damage leading to even serious skin cancers.
You must be wondering how are we supposed to get vitamin D from sun exposure while sun exposure can cause serious harm to our skin?
Sounds like we need sun exposure for vitamin D as much as we need to avoid sun exposure.
We can get vitamin D from sun exposure and avoid our skin being damaged by the sun at the same time.
The key is to strike a balance.
Skin damage is caused by the ultraviolet (UV) rays that come from the sun and not the temperature of the sun.
Let us understand briefly, what are UV rays?
UV rays are forms of electromagnetic radiation that come from the sun.
UV rays also can be artificially produced, for examples, from tanning beds, mercury lamps, or welding torches.
There are 3 main groups of UV rays:
But UVC rays produced from tanning beds, welding torches, or mercury lamps can reach our skin and harm our skin.
To what extent can UV rays damage our skin depends on factors such as:
In sum, we’re exposed to UV rays during the day. Especially in the hot summer months.
UV rays can cause our skin to:
These are signs of prematurely damaged skin.
Though, the prime concern with UV rays exposure is DNA damage in skin cells.
UV rays can destroy our skin cells quicker than our skin can produce new cells to replace.
UV rays can alter skin cells by turning the DNA of cells into a mutation, and once mutant cells are formed, they begin to multiply, putting our skin at risk of skin cancer, melanoma, and various forms of carcinoma.
Our skin is responsible for producing vitamin D to support our bones, teeth, and mental health.
Vitamin D is produced in our skin by UV rays’ stimulation. UV rays penetrate our skin and turn the fat in our skin into vitamin D.
Since UV rays can reach our skin without direct sun exposure, by going about our daily routine is enough sun exposure for our skin to produce sufficient vitamin D needed to support our health.
Prolong UV exposure doesn’t increase the level of vitamin D but increase the risk of skin damage.
Ideally, if we start protecting our skin from harmful UV rays from early days, we can prevent unnecessary long-term skin problems later in life.
Sadly, this is not the case with most of us adults who weren’t brought up with this kind of preventative knowledge.
However, research has found that applying broad spectrum SPF moisturizer during the day for a year can significantly reverse signs of premature damaged skin.
Note that, broad spectrum SPF moisturizer product is the one that can provide protection for both UVA and UVB.
In addition, a SPF moisturizer with a high SPF rating doesn’t necessarily guarantee a better protection unless the moisturizer specifies UVA and UVB protection.
In fact, a well formulated SPF moisturizer doesn’t need to have high SPF rating as long as it contains the following ingredients:
The ingredients that made up of UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection should include:
1. a chemical sun protection ingredient to absorb UV rays
2. a physical sun protection ingredient like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect UV rays
An SPF moisturizer is incomplete without antioxidant vitamins.
Having antioxidant vitamins in a SPF moisturizer is important because they help to:
Antioxidant vitamins are especially important for mature dry skin since the level of antioxidant vitamins in mature skin is typically low.
Having said that, you can have the best SPF moisturizer in the world, you still need to re-apply it if you’re planning to be outdoor for an extensive length of time.
Apart from applying SPF moisturizer during the day, items that are useful to strengthen the protection from harmful UV rays include:
Especially during the hot summer months.
Armed with the knowledge of how to protect and prevent our skin from the harmful UV rays, we can relax and enjoy a beautiful sunny day while replenishing ourselves with plenty of vitamin D needed to support our overall health.
Like all things in life, balance is the key to everything we do.
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Passion for Skincare
En Face is a skin care company inspired by the French philosophy that healthy skin is the foundation for lifelong beauty and a reflection of overall health.
Kim Baxter is the passionate owner behind the En Face Skincare brand. From as early as 18 years of age Kim became very interested in skincare. As a professional ballet dancer, she was used to wearing lots of heavy make-up for long periods of time.
The heavy foundation she applied under stage makeup often left her skin feeling dry and unhealthy. During the off-season, she would leave her skin completely clear of any makeup and so, she quickly learned the value of healthy skin.
Price Tag Means Nothing
Many women, and men, spend a lot of money on expensive skincare brands thinking they must be effective products if they cost a lot of money.
When Kim was in her mid-40 she started to notice that her skin was constantly dry, no matter how many layers of expensive cream she applied.
She soon discovered that there were many women in her age bracket who shared the same complaint about how inactive and inefficient their skincare products were, despite having spent a lot of money on them.
The Steps to Launch En Face
En Face is a French term which means “facing forward”. Kim adopted the name for the brand because it reminds her of her ballet background. In classical ballet the term “en face” means to face the front before or after movements.
At En Face we believe that it is what is in the jar that is important, not the beautiful packaging that you pay a fortune for! Kim began to research about the positive effects of cosmeceutical products their active ingredients, for example, vitamins, amino acids, peptides, and various antioxidant extracts.
Kim has completed a Diploma of Personal Care Formulation and a Diploma of Personal Care Development at the Institute of Personal Care Science in Queensland. Her mission this time was to learn all the facts that one needs to know to create a skincare brand, about cosmetic regulation, sourcing raw materials, types of packaging, and product safety testing.
After finishing her diploma Kim started to design and formulate her ideal range of products. Her mission was to create a brand that would help improve mature skin health and alleviate common skin complaints such as dry flaky skin, premature wrinkles as a result of sun damage, uneven skin tone, skin dullness, skin congestion, sensitive skin, and most importantly, I wanted my products to be formulated and delivered safely. Thus, the En Face Skincare range was born.
The En Face range of cosmeceutical skin care products have been especially formulated to meet the needs of maturing skin. Our creams and serums are made by hand with only the highest quality of ingredients. Our formulas contain the right active ingredients in the precise percentage required to restore natural skin health.
Our unique formulas are non-irritating and naturally hydrating, meeting the complex needs of aging skin.
We believe in healthier skin and natural beauty at every age.