How to save yourself from uv damage without spf with absolute ease?
It’s good to have SPF as the doorstep of your AM skincare routine. But what if we say, you can save your skin from UV damage, that too from step #1 of your skincare. Won’t believe us? Read through to know why!
Protective Sheath of SPF
If you think SPF is the only way to protect ourselves from the harmful UV damage and ultra violet radiations, then you’re wrong!
SPF is nothing but a Sun Protective Factor. SPF was created manually, mixing different chemicals that inhibit the entrance of ultra violet radiations into our skin, reducing UV damage. The same layering and mixture of chemical compounds are found as bioactive compounds present in natural ingredients that serve a similar purpose.
Environment holds many natural ingredients with the power of restricting UV rays and forming a solid barrier on our skin to minimize the UV damage. But, they remain hidden to the vast skincare community till date.
Skincare’s Holy Grail - Seaweeds
Seaweeds are one of the many hidden natural ingredients, holding numerous benefits for skin. Many studies suggest that seaweeds have anti-photoaging and anti-melanogenesis effects on human skin. This states that these seaweeds restrict the UV rays and helps minimize any potential UV damage done to our skin.
Anti - Photoaging
Premature aging of our skin due to repetitive exposure to ultra violet radiations causes photo aging. Primarily from the sun, then from other ultra violet sources such as halogen lamps, stadium lights and many others. Though from secondary sources, they still hold equivalent potential of causing UV damage to the skin.
Considering the primary source of ultra violet radiations, there are three types of UVR as per its wavelength.
- UV-A (320-400nm)
- UV-B (280-320nm)
- UV-C (100-280nm)
Out of these, UV-B radiations are recognized to cause skin extrinsic aging.
Seaweeds are observed to restrict - the ultra violet radiations and reactions taking place at an intracellular level of our skin. Not only that, it improves the growth and activity of UV-B absorbed cells without any harmful effects on the skin. In addition to all this, it significantly reduces the processes carried forward due to UV-B radiations and regulates more protein expression efficiently. This factor leads to skin tightening and skin smoothening effect which gradually, upon consistent use, gives a natural lift to our skin.
Anti - Melanogenesis
Melanogenesis is a process of production of melanin pigments. Our everyday life makes us experience different weather and environmental conditions to which our body responds distinctively. It could be in the way of acne breakouts, hormonal acne or skin flare ups caused by the interaction between our endocrine system and immunity, resulting in inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
Exposure to certain types of UV rays also causes excess melanin production. Though melanin also helps in reducing UV damage but certain instances cause abnormal melanin production, creating serious skin problems.
Being an anti-melanogenesis agent, Seaweeds restricts the production of melanin and assists in reducing inflammation. Studies have suggested that seaweed suppresses the expression of different proteins as a result of inflammatory interaction initiated by the endocrine system. Thus, making it miraculous ingredient fighting pigmentation at the root level.
Anti - Inflammatory
Many other instances of inflammation caused due to chemical reaction, bacterial interaction caused by certain environments, sunburns and other skin damaging reasons, were also sought with the help of Seaweeds.
Seaweeds are enriched with bioactive compounds such as peptides, amino acids and lipids proving to have extensive skin benefits. Seaweeds have shown tremendous results in cosmeceutical industries. Seaweeds, especially Undaria Pinnatifida, have shown to lessen UV damage, reduce inflammation and boost collagen production other than possessing miraculous skin benefits.
Why prefer natural ingredients over chemical bound SPF?
Natural products possess the quality of having high physiological effects and almost no to negligible concerns of toxicity. However, ingredients rich in bioactives will do much benefits to the skin than chemicals giving it a temporary push. These bioactives when clinically tested have proven to show great and genuine results within a shorter span of time.
Natural ingredients are good to all skin types, whereas chemicals can have a detrimental effect, along with causing flares and breakout to sensitive, combination & dehydrated skin types.
Natural ingredients are good to acclimatize with, whereas with chemical ingredients, one has to identify if the product is suiting or harming the skin, creating a whole lot of confusion and damage to the skin.
Are we advising our audience to choose natural ingredients over SPF?
No! We are simply putting emphasis on inculcation of natural ingredients in the skincare products that already have such bioactives present in them. Having a toner or essence with active ingredients that has anti-photoaging and similar properties is the need of the hour.
Use of natural ingredients with the potential to reduce UV damage serves as a boon to the cosmeceutical industry. With such ingredients used in products different from sunscreens, it can be used in the night regime which is a win-win situation considering the potential UV damage caused by secondary sources.
Thus, in conclusion, different bioactive compounds such as peptides, polysaccharides, lipids and amino acids are responsible for inhibiting the activity of different substances, namely, restricting ultra violet radiations, limiting UV damage, reducing melanin pigmentation, relieving inflammation and boosting collagen production.