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You might have seen this photo before. This is the face of a 69 year old who has worked as a truck driver for 28 years, and has never worn daily SPF. On his left side, which is side exposed to the sun, you can see the damage caused in his skin. Although this is an extreme case, it shows what the sun can do to your skin after years of exposure.

Simply put, your skin won’t worsen right away, but accumulative sun-damage will be very noticeable after say, 10 years . 80% of non-genetic skin aging is from sun exposure, this includes fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and pre-mature sagging. Furthermore, Inflamed skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation after sun exposure. For example, say you have inflamed pustule (pimple), and don’t wear spf, the inflammation will go down, but you may be left with a dark spot that remains and continues to get darker. We also stress the use of SPF before and after clinic procedures, such as facials or microneedling and ESPECIALLY laser, IPL and chemical peels.

Let’s talk about the different types of sunlight. There are 3 types of UV rays but only 2 types that affect our skin.

☀️ UVA (also called the aging rays) are responsible for the physical aging of the skin, causing wrinkles, creases and sagging. These rays reach as deep as the dermis and they damage the structures that hold your skin together, such as collagen and elastin. These rays can also penetrate through glass. In fact I believe they are worse when they go through glass. Ever notice, while driving how hot the left side of the face feels when the sun is out?

☀️ UVB (known as the burning rays) are responsible for sunburns, pigmentation, actinic keratosis and most skin cancers. These rays damage the internal structure of your skin-cell DNA responsible for the reproduction of more skin cells. Remember your skin cells are constantly reproducing. When you damage the blueprint, you damage the outcome. And it doesn’t take long for pre-cancerous cells to replicate and eventually become skin cancer. And while having more melanin in your skin offers more sun protection, there are still chances of developing skin cancer as well as developing hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and of course the aging effect of UVA rays. So, EVERYONE SHOULD WEAR SPF, regardless of skin colour, but ESPECIALLY if you are lighter skin tone.

☀️ The third type of rays are UVC rays. These are the MOST deadly, but you don’t need to worry about them because our ozone layer filters them out.

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