5 Ways Your Skin is Damaged Everyday

5 Ways Your Skin is Damaged Everyday

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5 Ways Your Skin is Damaged Everyday

by Aira Krystel Pamintuan

Let’s face it. Your skin has probably seen better days. Here’s a list of 5 different things that are harming your skin, along with some tips to restore your skin’s health and prevent further damage.

1. Environmental pollution
Car exhaust, dust, microscopic specs of smoke, soot, and acid are released into the atmosphere everyday – and land on your skin. All of that gunk infiltrates deep into the skin’s epidermis and generates harmful free radicals, which not only cause inflammation and dehydration, but also the loss of skin elasticity and firmness.

Solution: Always apply a moisturizer with a high SPF during the day. Cleanse face thoroughly at night to remove surface grime. Apply serum enriched with antioxidants like vitamins C and E to protect skin after cleansing.

Our F&F recommendations:
Sun kissed sunblock foundation SPF 45 (Php 120 15g srp)
Derma dream dynamic do-all foundation SPF 60 (Php 350 srp)
Irre-C-stable Vit C,E and Collagen serum (Php 450 srp)

2.Heat
Did you know that frequent exposure to heat is another big culprit in skin damage? Heat destroys the collagen in skin and interferes with the production of elastin (the skin protein that keeps skin soft and supple.)This leads to rapid skin aging and premature wrinkles. Increased heat and humidity can cause your skin to sweat, leaving you prone to breakouts, especially if your skin is oily.

Solution: Stay hydrated.Avoid exercising in full sun. Take lukewarm showers. (not too hot or too cold)

3.Ultraviolet (UV) radiation
If you haven’t already heard, exposure to UV radiationfrom sunlight is one of the major causes of wrinkles and premature aging. After years of sun exposure, people developsun spots, discoloration and textural changes in their skin. Damage from long-term exposure to UV radiation can also lead to melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

Solution: To reduce UV exposure, cover up when outdoors and use a moisturizer with a highSPF – reapply every two hours.Stay out of the sun whenever possible.

Our F&F recommendation:
Hello, Sunshine! SPF 100 instant whitening sunblock (Php 600 srp)

4.Infrared radiation
While ultraviolet rays are well-known culprits in skin damage, infrared (IR) radiation, which occurs naturally in sunlight, can often do deeper damage. While UV rays damage the outer layers of the skin, the longer wavelengths of IR penetrate deeper into the skin, resulting in more harmful (and undetected)skin damage.

Solution: Stock up on antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and drink plenty of green tea. Apply a serum topically to help combat effects of IR.

Our F&F recommendation:
Irre-C-stable Vit C,E and Collagen serum (Php 450 srp)

5.Dark damage
No matter how careful you are in minimizing harmful sun exposure, sunlight can still continue to damageyourskin, even in the dark! Through a process called darkdamage, skin cells are damaged by chemiexcitation, leading to hyperpigmentation, age spots, and melanoma. This happens after exposure to UV rays, and continues even in the absence of sunlight.

Solution: As always, minimize exposure to harsh sunlight. Apply a topical antioxidant serum in the evening (after a day in the sun), to combat the lingering effects of UV radiation.

Our F&F recommendation:
Irre-C-stable Vit C,E and Collagen serum (Php 450 srp)

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