The importance of protecting your skin against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays cannot be emphasised enough.
Applying sunscreen on a daily basis is an essential part of an anti-ageing and age-management skincare regime.
The False Perception about Sunscreen
Unfortunately, many people believe that we only require sun protection during summer holidays, when going to the beach or when participating in sport events and outdoor activities.
However, nothing could be further from the truth!
Leading Dermatologists call sunscreen the one anti-ageing product everyone can afford, and believe that it might be the key to the fountain of youth!
Additionally, they advise that sunscreen should be applied EVERY DAY, even if one is not exposed to the sun.
Sunscreen facts you should consider
Did you know that as much as 80% of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate your skin on a cloudy winter day?
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the thickest layer of your skin. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin ageing and wrinkling (photo-ageing), and suppression of your immune system.
Furthermore, UVB rays usually burn the superficial layer of your skin, e.g. sunburn or skin reddening – which can lead to the development of skin disorders.
But darker skin doesn’t burn?
Regardless of your skin colour, we all need sunscreen! Obviously very fair-skinned people need a bit more than darker skin people, however, having a dark skin doesn’t mean you are exempt.
What to look for in a Sunscreen?
A good sunscreen should have both UVA & UVB protection.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer.
However, SPF does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect you from UVA rays, which are also damaging and dangerous.
Why did Yungskin choose a SPF40 for our Sun Care?
Upon recommendation from – and consultation with experts, our team at Yungskin decided to develop a SPF40 sunscreen as it provides the best all-round protection.
Higher SPFs don’t give much more protection, yet they cost far more than our SPF40 – this didn’t make much sense to us.
The truth is, SPF50 does not offer significantly greater protection compared to SPF30 or SPF40 and misleads people into thinking they have more protection than they actually do.
Additionally, to obtain broad spectrum protection, the UVA protection should be at least 1/3 of the UVB protection.
High SPF sunscreens usually offer far greater UVB than UVA protection, thus offering a false sense of full protection.
For best protection, experts recommend applying the proper amount (2mg/cm2 of skin, or about one ounce for full body coverage), and reapplying every 2 hours.
The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) scale is not linear:
- SPF 40 blocks 97% of UVB rays
- SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays
One way of looking at this is that SPF 50 sunscreen only gives you 1% more protection than SPF40 sunscreen.
Yungskin™ Sun Care SPF40 (100ml) is a high factor UVA & UVB protection product, CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) approved and SPF validated by SANS 1557/European COLIPA Standard.
Yungskin Sunscreen Features
- Easy to apply, i.e. absorbs into skin effortlessly,
- Leaving no white streak marks after application,
- Leaving no ‘residue’ on skin.
What ingredients are used in our Sun Care?
Zinc Oxide – the “physical barrier substance”
- Keeps moisture locked into dry skin
- Has anti-ageing effects & improves healing of tissue damage
- Improving synthesis of collagen and forming of new connective tissue
- Protects against UVA and UVB light rays
Vitamin C: vital molecule for skin health. May help prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced photo-damage.
Vitamin A: encourages healthy skin cell production. Also stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy.
Vitamin E: has basic antioxidant properties. It works to block free radicals from the body which play a large part in the ageing process. Treats skin hyperpigmentation; fights wrinkles; fades scars.
Additionally, Yungskin SPF40 has been infused with energies to protect and regenerate the skin and is suitable for all ages and skin types.
For more information about our sunscreen or other skin care products, please visit our online shop.