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SPF Beyond the Beach
Posted by Arbonne Beauty Editor

Today, we know that a simple day cream SPF can be considered one of the best anti-aging products around. People are becoming increasingly aware that sun protection goes way beyond merely throwing a tube of sunscreen into their beach bag. Many skincare and cosmetic products — from anti-wrinkle creams to trendy cosmetics — now proudly display their sun protection factor (SPF). Why? Because shielding oneself daily from the sun's potentially damaging rays is a powerful tool in any anti-aging skincare regimen.

Prevention and Protection
"We have some amazing products that can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and other visible signs of aging, such as our RE9 Advanced® line. But the first step is always prevention, and one of your best defenses against the damaging effects of the sun's UVA and UVB rays is having broad spectrum SPF sunscreen products," says Dr. Peter Matravers, Pharm.D., Arbonne Sr. Vice President of Product Development.

As much as we all love the joy that a day in the sunshine can bring, in reality, the sun has the power to damage to our skin whether we are relaxing on the beach or driving to work. Thankfully, products containing broad spectrum SPF can do more than just prevent sunburn. They can also help to prevent the damage you can't see — damage that can lead to the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, dullness and other visible signs of aging.

The A and B of UV Rays
While UVB rays are the ones that turn sunburned skin pink, it's the UVA rays that can cause damage to the skin cells, damage that can noticeably age the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling." [1] And unlike UVB rays, UVA rays can penetrate glass, which means they have the potential to cause damage even when you are indoors or in your car. "Our sun protection products are forward-looking, anticipating the 2012 FDA regulation that will require testing of SPF branded products to confirm efficacy on both the UVA and UVB level," says Matravers.

Sunscreens work by using ingredients that block or absorb UV rays, as Matravers explains. "Products with broad spectrum protection work by preventing the UVA rays from penetrating the skin and getting into the epidermis, where they can cause damage on a cellular level. UV exposure can cause collagen breakdown and overproduction of melanin, all factors that can lead to fine lines, dull, uneven skin tone and dark spots."

In short, wearing products with broad spectrum protection every day can help keep the signs of aging at bay.


TIPS FOR SPF SAVVY SKINCARE


Daily Defense
Wearing a day cream or moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 should become a daily habit. It helps to keep the skin hydrated while also protecting against those potentially damaging UV rays.

A Great Foundation
Attain complexion perfection with the bonus of protection by always using makeup with SPF. Not only does it help you achieve flawless skin tone, it helps defend the skin against sun damage that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and dullness.


Face First, Body Second
Don't stop merely at the face – if your neck and décolleté are exposed to sun, cover them in a lotion with SPF also. The delicate skin of the décolleté is particularly sensitive and just as easily damaged as the face. Also, don't forget the hands – when constantly exposed to the sun, they can be susceptible to damage such as unsightly dark spots.

[1] http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb