In the past decade, UV radiation has become more prevalent than ever. Now, how exactly can the sun damage our skin? UV radiation harms the fibers which are in our skin, specifically collagen and elastin. By the UV radiation damaging these fibers, this can result in our skin to sag and for us to have wrinkles as well as dark spots. The only way to truly see the damage from UV rays is through using a UV photograph. On the photos on the right, you can see what the hidden sun damage appears to look like while the photo on the left is a normal photo of their skin. As you can see, sun damage increases with age since we are in the sun more. Take a look for yourself and see how important it is to start prevention skincare early on.
Facts to know about UV radiation:
- 1 in 5 Americans and 1 in 3 Caucasians will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. (source)
- More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. (source)
- A person’s risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. (source)
Images: Photos provided courtesy of David H. McDaniel, MD
Yikes! It is crazy to see how many dark spots can appear at such early ages. Most of the typical dark spots that we see are called “poikiloderma” which are areas of discoloration due to sun damage. Other dark splotches that are seen on the face are melasma. In the past, once you had these dark spots, it was difficult if not impossible to have these dark spots removed. However, LeCerre’s Rapid Brightening Serum gives you this solution. Here are some of the specific ingredients in LeCerre’s Rapid Brightening Serum which help to reduce dark spots and melasma.
- Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate - a water-soluble derivative of azelaic acid and is often used in nice formulas. It acts as a skin brightening agent via tyrosinase inhibition.
- Niacinamide - known as Vitamin B3, helps the skin retain moisture, reduces inflammation, and fades the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. Clinical research has shown that niacinamide coupled with acetyl glycosamine (NAG) more effectively inhibits tyrosinase to brighten the skin.
- Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract (Dong Quai) - reduces the synthesis of melanin to diminish the appearance of dark marks. It promotes skin healing by encouraging collagen production.
- Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane - a natural extract derived from turmeric roots, gently reduces melanin production to fade the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Clinical research shows that Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane can be equally effective as hydroquinone to reduce the enzyme tyrosinase and not have any reported negative skin effects. Overall, it brightens and evens the skin tone.
- McDaniel, David. UV Photography Shows Hidden Sun Damage, www.aad.org/sun-protection/hidden-sun-damage.
- Metrus, Lindsey. I Asked For a UV Photo of My Skin, and the Results were Shocking, https://www.byrdie.com/sun-damage-skin.
- Ramos, Lara. Learn the Truth About Sun Damage, https://blog.yonkausa.com/truth-about-sun-damage/.