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Published: Thu August 17, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx

Myth Minx already knows what you’re thinking; no doubt you’re already writing this off assuming that you don’t go out in the sun, so why worry right? 

In true myth busting fashion, Myth Minx wants to officially set the record straight on winter sun damage linked with pigmentation and ageing plus the do’s and don’ts for protection.  

If you’re like most, you may think that you do not go in the sun on a daily basis, so wouldn’t really be exposed to skin damaging UV. Believe it or not, most skin damage that we succumb to in our lifetime is actually from small repeated bursts of incidental sun exposure that we receive on a daily basis all year round. This ‘incidental exposure’ could be in the form of driving in the car, walking the dog, hanging the washing on the line or shopping at the market, rather than those occasions where you have planned sun 
exposure, such as going to the beach or the pool.

Over time, these small bursts of UV we expose unprotected skin to contribute to age spots, pigmentation, uneven blotchy skin and overall skin damage, such as collagen and elastin breakdown (resulting in those dreaded wrinkles and fine lines).

So the usual rebuttal for SPF usage “I don’t go in the sun” is now redundant (even in winter). Despite the sun’s rays not delivering the same intensity in summer (we generally don’t experience scorching sunburn within minutes in winter); UVA rays in particular are still absorbing deep into our skin, causing long term damage. UVA rays do not invoke a burn response in our skin, so they’re an inconspicuous offender that sneaks up on us all. 

A word of warning to those of you that solely rely on SPF in make-up, MM wants to remind you that these products typically do not provide protection from UVA rays. Often make-up products contain a lower SPF factor that blocks UVB (the ultra violet light that causes burning), it does not protect against the UV that causes premature ageing (UVA). So use your make-up as additional protection rather than your sole protection. Remember, for ultimate protection, we need a broad spectrum approach. 

To maintain a radiant glow all year round (and for years ahead) protect your skin on a daily basis regardless of what you think you have planned for the day. Try using a high-quality broad spectrum SPF that incorporates additional antioxidants to protect against premature ageing. This is especially important as we live in a beautiful country which revolves around a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. MM’s favourite is Age Defence SPF 50+ (this is the ultimate 3 in 1 product for every skin type):

  1. Day-time anti-ageing moisturiser
  2. Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ 
  3. Make-up primer

Age Defence SPF 50+ aids in the prevention of premature ageing, skin discolouration and loss of elasticity while also protecting from the harmful effects of the sun.

Remember, we all need a little Vitamin D each day, so we need not live in fear of the sun, simply remember to apply your Age Defence SPF 50+ over your face, neck and décolletage each day. We don’t tend to see immediate changes in the skin if we are not protecting it, so ignorance is bliss! Preserve what you have, as you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

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