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Sun Damage Can Cause Signs of Aging?

Sun damage in your skin is a lot more common than you may know. Even if you don’t get sunburnt by the sun’s ultraviolet  rays, they are still making an impact on your skin. Getting that bronze glow may look nice, but without proper precautions this bronze glow could cause early signs of aging. 

A woman tanning outside with the sun on her back, and a sun drawn in sunscreen on her back.

Is Sun Damage Caused By UVA or UVB Rays?

UVA and UVB rays are the two most common types of ultraviolet rays from the sun. UVA rays comprise about 95% of all UV rays, while UVB only comprises 5%. In the past, most sunscreen products only protected against UVB rays as they are the cause of sunburns. When UVB rays meet your skin, they are only powerful enough to affect the top layer of skin, or epidermis.

UVA rays penetrate deeper within the skin, reaching the dermis below. Rather than causing the skin to burn, UVA rays cause the skin to tan by prompting melanin production. Melanin, the brown pigment that colours skin, is a body’s natural defence against burning. This increase in melanin production is why the lower layers of skin do not burn.

Do UVA Rays Causing Early Signs of Aging?

Though melanin is the cause behind deep tans, it is a byproduct of oxidative stress within the body. To produce melanin while tanning, the body must oxidize the amino acid tyrosine. This oxidation creates free radicals within the skin, leading to more pronounced signs of aging. Without proper protection, this can cause wrinkles and sagging skin at a young age. In addition to this, UVA rays have been observed to negatively impact collagen. Studies have found that extended exposure to the entire UV spectrum causes collagen to lose its elasticity. This loss of elasticity is what leads to wrinkles and sagging skin naturally. 

A man looking at wrinkles, an early sign of aging, in the mirror.

How Can I Protect Myself From Sun Damage?

The best protection from the entire UV spectrum is to use broad-spectrum UV SPF products. For the best results, though, the products must be reapplied every two hours. To prevent damage from tanning though, SPF products may not be enough. Damage from dermal oxidation can also be prevented by using antioxidants.

What Is An Antioxidant?

Antioxidants are compounds that prevent oxidation within the body. They combat free radicals, the most common source of natural oxidation within the body. Free radicals cause oxidation within the body by taking electrons from other molecules within the body. Antioxidants have a spare molecule that they can give to free radicals, preventing oxidative stress in the body. They can be found in a variety of foods, including a variety of berries and dark chocolate among others.

A bowl of blueberries, a type of berry with a high antioxidant content.

Many diets do not provide enough natural antioxidants to slow the signs of aging, though. Tanning exposes the skin to increased amounts of sun damage, speeding up the skin’s natural aging process. This is where antioxidant supplements come in.

Sun Damage Protection With Antioxidant Supplements

Maintaining that beautiful bronze tan without worrying about sun damage from tanning sounds nearly impossible. The deeper the tan gets, the more melanin has to be produced, and the more oxidation goes on. To be able to tan without fearing the signs of aging, it is important to have an antioxidant supplement. While tanning can only happen with melanin production, the free radicals created by melanin do not have to happen. 

Antioxidant supplements, like Greeniche’s Dermatrol formula, supply the body with the extra antioxidants it cannot get from food. Dermatrol contains trans-resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals while increasing collagen production. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties, making sure your skin maintains its natural beauty. Taking Dermatrol before tanning can help you maintain beautifully bronzed and youthful looking skin. If you want to maintain a youthful glow along with your bronze glow, check out Dermatrol! If you need some time to decide, check out Greeniche’s Instagram and Facebook. We post all of our deals and promotions there first, along with all the best health and wellness facts.

Dermatrol, an antioxidant supplement, is perfect to protect the skin from UVA sun damage.

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Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree, also known as agnus-castus is a plant from the Mediterranean and western Asia which grows violet flowers and berries. It is commonly used by women to help with problems related to hormone imbalances.

Caffeine

Caffeine increases your energy levels to help you stay active through your workouts or daily activity. Caffeine also boosts energy levels even when your body is in a resting state which can contribute to weight loss. It also stimulates thermogenesis, which is one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food.

Chromium

Chromium works with in the body to metabolize carbohydrates. It is found in many multivitamin supplements and food such as whole grains, fruits and veggies. 

Green Coffee Bean

Green Coffee Bean gives your day a boost and can increase resting metabolic rate, drive weight loss, fat loss and reduce fat absorption. It slows the release of glucose into the body after a meal. These beans are just normal coffee beans in their natural state before being roasted. Who knew coffee beans were naturally green?

Garcinia Cambogia

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Forskolin

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Black pepper

Black pepper contains piperine which can improve metabolic performance and suppress fat accumulation in the body.  Black pepper also helps the body absorb nutrients and can strengthen immunity. 

Black Cohosh

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Pomegranates

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Turmeric

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Red Clovers

Red clover is a flowering plant and is a legume. Red clover contains isoflavones, which is a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen has a similar chemical make-up as estrogen which is why it has long been used to ease common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. Estrogen production is at its lowest during the evening, which is why night sweats are so common.

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Trans-Resveratrol

This powerful antioxidant neutralizes free radical damage that leads to signs of aging. Resveratrol helps protect the skin surface by interrupting and rebuffing negative environmental influences to brighten complexions and boost collagen production. It has been shown to be effective in preventing UVA damage and abnormal cell growth. This antioxidant is shown to contain anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and skin-calming properties that help revitalize the skin.

Zinc

Zinc is part of your skin’s natural dietary defense, found in many foods we eat and helps to fight off the formation of free radicals. It protects the skin’s lipid, or fat barrier and the fibroblasts that make up collagen. Collagen is your skins support structure that protects against UV light, pollution and other aging influences. Zinc boosts the immune system which may help to control the inflammatory response. Also, Zinc regulates cell production and turnover which may reduce oil production and prevent clogging of pores. Zinc is also used to help heal wounds and treat skin conditions like acne, foot ulcers caused by diabetes, leg ulcers, warts, and aging skin.

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Dandelion

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Artichoke

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Raspberry Ketone

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