The daily rise and set of the sun is one of the few reliable events in our lives. Despite this simple cycle that controls what happens on our planet, we often pay too little attention to the effects of sunlight on our physical and mental health.
THE GOLDEN MEAN
The numerous benefits of the sun range from energy supply for photosynthesis to vitamin D production for humans. But as with most biological processes, the right dose is the decisive factor: Excessive exposure to sunlight is a serious health risk. Sunlight, especially UVA and UVB radiation, can cause sunburn, premature skin aging, eye damage, a weakened immune system, photo-allergic and phototoxic reactions, and even skin cancer.
PRECIOUS VITAMIN D
Nevertheless, our body needs the sun’s energy-rich UV light to produce healthy vitamin D. The warming rays not only lighten up our minds – the precious vitamin D, whose production in the body is unfortunately almost entirely prevented by the use of a sunscreen from SPF 8, is essential for cell health and the strengthening of bones. The fairer the skin type, the faster the daily requirement of vitamin D is met: very fair skin types only need 10 minutes of direct sun exposure per day.
Vitamin D is not a vitamin in the classical sense, but rather the preliminary stage of a hormone produced in the body, which is “activated” by the sun’s UVB rays. The UVB rays penetrate the upper layers of the skin, where they first convert the body’s hormone cholesterol into the previtamin D3. This is then converted into vitamin D by the contemporaneous generated heat of the infrared rays.
According to studies, the production of the messenger substance serotonin in the brain, an important neurotransmitter that lifts our mood, is directly influenced by the amount of sunlight. The level of serotonin is higher on sunny, bright days than on overcast or cloudy days. Sunlight also regulates our biorhythm. The light influences the production of hormones that are necessary for activity and sleep.
The natural daylight is composed of an almost continuous spectrum in which all colors occur. However, our eyes can only perceive a small part of the fascinating color spectrum of sunlight. Short-wave light has a strong oxidizing effect and can cause cell damage through the formation of free oxygen radicals. In other words, the sun’s high-energy, short-wave UV light acts on the skin cells, causing them to form free radicals that damage the cells. If there is a disbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them with antioxidants, it results in so-called oxidative stress.
There are two types of radiation in sunlight that have a medicinal effect on the skin: UV radiation and infrared radiation. UV radiation plays an important role in the production of vitamin D, while infrared radiation is responsible for the feeling of warmth. How much UV radiation the skin actually receives depends on various factors such as the time of day, the season, the geographical location and the altitude.
- The intensity of UVA rays remains more or less the same throughout the day
- Can almost freely pass clouds, mist, windows and glass
- Ensure immediate, short-term tanning of the skin
- Activate the precursor stages of melanin in the upper skin cells
- Deeply enter the lowest layer of the skin (dermis)
- Play an essential role in long-term damage such as premature skin aging, sun allergies, eye damage and weakening of the immune system
- Intensity varies throughout the day
- Stimulates the production of new melanin
- Ensure a long-lasting tan
- Supplies the skin with the energy to produce vitamin D
- Causes the formation of free radicals everywhere in the epidermis
- Main cause of acute light damages such as sunburn, skin cancer and damage to the eyes and retina
- Very aggressive
- Only occur rarely, as the ozone layer normally filters out the dangerous UVC rays
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUN PROTECTION FACTOR FOR MY SKIN?
The appropriate sun protection factor depends mainly on your skin type and the UV index of the sun. The higher this index and the fairer the skin, the higher the sun protection factor should be. The pigmentation of the skin partly indicates the self-protection of the skin from sunlight. Every skin has a natural self-protection time. The fairer the skin type, the shorter the skin’s natural self-protection time. And don’t forget sun protection even on cloudy days, as over 90% of UV radiation still passes through a light cloud cover.
INFO: The sun protection factor (SPF) multiplied by the skin’s natural sun protection (in minutes) indicates the period of time during which one can stay in the sun without the risk of UV-induced skin damage. The use of sunscreen, when used correctly, can, therefore, reduce the harmful effects of UV radiation on health. However, even a high SPF never completely protects the skin from solar irradiation.
SUN PROTECTION FILTERS – WHICH ONES ARE AVAILABLE?
A distinction is made between chemical and physical sun protection. The chemical sun protection protects the skin by organic filter compounds. These substances can absorb UV radiation of a specific wavelength and convert it into heat. Physical sun protection, in contrast, works with mineral filters. It is based on the mirror principle: like small mirrors, titanium oxide or zinc oxide particles reflect the radiation and so block the penetration of UV rays.
WHEN DO I APPLY THE SUNCREAM?
The suncream should always be applied generously about 30 minutes before going outside. To maintain sun protection, the suncream should be applied several times a day, especially when you have been in water or have been sweating a lot. However, the repeated application does not extend the time you spend in the sun. And don’t be careless: Our cells remember any damage they have received from sunlight. If there is too much damage, the cell can mutate and this could lead to skin cancer.
CHECKLIST FOR SUN WORSHIPPERS:
- Always use a suncream with an appropriate sun protection factor.
- UV radiation is harmful in all seasons. Don’t forget to apply suncream, even if you are enjoying the first rays of sunshine in spring or rushing down the slopes in winter.
- Don’t forget to use sun protection even on cloudy days. More than 90% of UV radiation still passes through a light cloud cover.
- Avoid the intense midday sun.
- Protect your eyes from UV light by wearing sunglasses with light protection.
- Apply cream all over your body. Pay attention to often forgotten areas such as the back of your hands and feet or your ears.
- A sun hat keeps a cool head.
BLUE LIGHT – DIGITAL AGING
Also artificial light makes our skin age. Although Blue Light has a similar oxidative effect to UV light, the importance of protection against Blue Light is not well known. In natural daylight, the harmful impact of the blue component is mostly compensated by the regenerative red and infrared radiation, but as we surround ourselves more and more with light sources (screens, etc.) which not only emit an increased amount of blue but also lack the regenerative red components, the subject is more topical than ever.
Smartphones, PCs and LED lights bombard our skin day after day with HEV (High Energy Visible), the so-called Blue Light. According to recent studies, HEV rays are a significant cause of skin damage and premature skin aging, as they deeply enter the dermis where they cause a high development of free radicals. Although HEVs are less dangerous than UV radiation, they are particularly pernicious: completely invisible, not perceptible and they don’t cause immediate, visible signs of damage.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
The increased exposure to Blue Light causes oxidative stress for cell structures – which is shown by an increased prevalence of free radicals – and can damage the protective functions of the skin. In fact, blue light can reach our dermis and meet collagen and elastin, causing damages such as wrinkles, sagging skin and hyperpigmentation. It is essential that you apply sun protection with broadband protection if you spend a lot of time in front of the computer.
YOUR DAILY HIGH PROTECTION
Our sun care YOUR DAILY HIGH PROTECTION SUN CREAM aims at broadband protection of the entire light spectrum to optimally protect your skin from premature aging and unwanted pigmentation.
The central functional ingredient of our sun care is extracted from the blossoms of the butterfly lilac. This is known for its wealth of verbascoside and echinacoside. It not only protects the plant against UV and IRA but also offers the skin optimum protection against natural and artificial light. Besides, it can reduce the negative potential of HEV light. Highly effective extracts of blueberry and cranberry act as optimal radical scavengers and strengthen the skin’s resistance. The plant-based functional ingredients of calendula and sea buckthorn oil are particularly rich in beta-carotene and thus promote a long-lasting, healthy tan. So that you can enjoy your time outdoors without any worries.
Since sun protection products do not completely block UV rays, you can additionally care for your skin with a highly concentrated functional ingredient serum. Apply the serum on your skin and let it dry for a few minutes before applying the sun protection. Antioxidants can reduce the damage caused by the UV rays that pass through your sunscreen. Also, the Gentle Rose Toner is rich in natural antioxidants and precious vitamins – it moisturizes the skin and provides a wonderfully fresh complexion.
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FUNDAMENTAL CARE AFTER SUNBATHING
No matter how well you protect your skin, no suncream can provide 100% protection against UV rays. That’s why it’s important to include natural after-sun care in your sun protection program to provide intensive care for your skin after sunbathing and to support the skin’s repair mechanisms in the best possible way.
Free radicals are generated when UV rays come into contact with the skin. They cause a chain reaction of damage to skin cells, which leads to premature skin aging. Antioxidants effectively neutralize free radicals and can prevent the start of this chain reaction, which helps to reduce further damage that may occur after sun exposure.
HOW DO AFTER SUN LOTIONS WORK?
After Sun Lotions are rich in soothing, cooling and repairing functional ingredients. They help the skin to repair itself and provide intensive moisture. Enriched with aloe vera and sea buckthorn, our Deep Restoring After Sun Lotion offers intensive care and moisture to sun-stressed skin with immediate effect. Selective functional ingredients of real chamomile and lavender have a calming effect and accelerate cell regeneration. Argan oil helps to promote skin recovery and elasticity. Comfrey is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects and sea buckthorn oil, which is particularly rich in vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, favors a long-lasting and healthy tan and ensures a sun-kissed complexion.
Our Ultra Hydration Serum performs miracles after sunbathing. It deeply moisturizes the skin and has a slightly cooling effect. Keep the serum in the refrigerator in summer to enhance the cooling effect. If your skin is very stressed, you can literally see how it “drinks” the serum and absorbs it in no time.