UV & FREE RADICALS

skin is exposed to UV, every day, all year-round, even on cloudy days

 

daily essential care

UV protection isn’t only for the holiday season.

daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen can significantly reduce the risks of premature ageing and skin cancers

UV rays

skin is exposed to short wave ultraviolet B (UVB) and long wave ultraviolet A (UVA1 and UVA2) light every day.

UVA (ageing rays) penetrates skin more deeply than UVB (burning rays), and scientific evidence suggests UVA1 is the most damaging.

UVA penetrates through glass

as much as 95% of the UV radiation we are exposed to is UVA, since it penetrates through clouds, window glass, during all daylight hours and throughout the year, even on the most miserable of winter days.

UVA plays a major part in skin ageing, loss of collagen, development of wrinkles and contributes to the development of skin cancer.

summer vs winter?

UVB rays are strongest in the summer months, and between 10am – 4pm, when we are more likely to burn, if unprotected – they are strongest nearest the equator, so take care when holidaying in these locations.

UVA rays are constant irrespective of time of year, day or geography.

melanin is a pigment produced by the skin in an attempt to protect itself from further damage. its presence, seen in your developing tan, age spots or hyper-pigmentation,  is an indicator that the skin has been damaged by UVA rays.

UVA1 is highly immunosuppressive making the skin more susceptible to infections, including triggering the cold sore virus.

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UVA

when skin is exposed to UVA rays, reactive oxygen species or free radicals are created – this causes oxidative stress, degradation of collagen and production of melanin (responsible for your tan).

100x more UVA than UVB reaches the dermis, with UVA1 penetrating the deepest and causing most damage.

UVA’s effects are cummulative, which is why it is responsible for the many signs of ageing and development of skin cancers.

melanin is a pigment produced by the skin in an attempt to protect itself from further damage – its presence, seen in your developing tan, age spots or hyper-pigmentation,  is an indicator that the skin has been damaged by UVA rays.

UVA1 is highly immunosuppressive making the skin more susceptible to infections, including triggering the cold sore virus.

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UVB

UVB is the main cause of skin reddening and sun burn.

it plays a key role in the development of melanomas & skin cancers – it does cause skin ageing, but not as much as UVA.

UVB does not penetrate window glass, but it is reflective – up to 80% can bounce back from water, snow and ice, and 20% from sand, so take extra care on winter ski holidays and when out on the water.

high altitude protection

in mountain environments, fewer pollutants, high altitude and reflection of rays from snow, mean skin is exposed to higher levels of UV.

UV levels increase by approx 10% with every 1000m climbed. unprotected skin can burn within 6 minutes at 3000m, as skin is exposed to 30% more UV than at sea level.

lips and eyes are especially vunerable and are easily damaged.

free radicals - the energy snatchers

UV rays are the main creators of free radicals in skin – they are unstable oxygen molecules that steal energy from healthy cells, causing oxidative stress.

this in turn activates enzymes that break down collagen and damage the DNA of a cell, causing premature ageing.

oxidative stress is cumulative and once energy from one cell has been snatched, it triggers more and more, a sort of a mexican wave effect, leaving damage in its wake, that builds up over time.

oxidation - right before your eyes

every wondered why a cut apple goes brown, shrivels and wrinkles so quickly? this is oxidation – free radicals damaging cells right before your eyes.

reducing the formation of free radicals helps to keep skin healthy, resilient and youthful.

supplying the body with anti-oxidants, topically through skincare and through your diet (by eating lots of fruit & veg) can also help ‘mop up’ free radicals that are formed.

  • Snow is falling in the Alps...the countdown is on! Big thanks to @bexsurfs_and_skis for this lovely shot of @albusandflora balms last season in Courchevel.⁠⠀
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All our balms have full UVA & UVB SPF30 protection and are suitable for every day and for use at altitude. So if you have any skiing or snowboarding friends and are in need of a little stocking filler inspiration, keep an eye on the website as we will be doing some lovely offer through November and December!⁠⠀
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#stockingfillers #snowisfalling #countdownison #mountainarecalling #SPF30 #protectyourlips #naturalskincare #lipcare
  • #Autumnskin TIP #3....lets talk about FACIAL OILS....⁠⠀
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....and for those that asked about Vit C, check out next week's post :-)⁠⠀
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The temperatures are dropping further, the wind is chillier, the central heating is on, sucking moisture from the skin.  Our summer glow seems to have faded and often our skin looks dull..and dull skin is, well lets face it, its just dull!!!⁠⠀
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Continuing to support the skins barrier is key and a facial oil can really help increase elasticity, support the barrier and put the glow back...here are a few of @albusandflora tips⁠⠀
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1.  Facial Oils can vary enormously in price, you can buy a single oil, or a blend of oils.  I always have a single oil on hand, and you can't go wrong with Rosehip oil,  its easy to use for all skin types. For a more tailored approach for specific skin types I always go for a formula which blends multiple oils, they often give you more bang for your buck, and can really help specific concerns⁠, which is a win-win.⁠⠀
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2. Choose plant oils that are hydrating but not comedogenic (will block pores and can cause breakouts), sea buckthorn, camellia, safflower, squalene are good examples (there are many more!). Jojoba is a great base if you have oily skin as it helps balance sebum. Coconut oil is very comedogenic so I would avoid this for your face!!!⁠⠀
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3. Do not use mineral oils, they are by-products from the petrochemical industry and can be problematic for skin. Stick to cold pressed plant oils, which have more nutrients, and look for those with Vit A & E.⁠⠀
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4. Beware of formulas which are highly fragranced, and if you have sensitive skin be really careful with blends that have a lot of plant essential oils.  Many have fantastic benefits for the skin but can sometimes be a little too strong and can irritate. ⁠⠀
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4. Use a few drops of oil at night, as the last step, after serums & moisturisers, or just apply the oils on their own.  Press or massage in. ⁠⠀
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photo: Jason Strull
  • The sky has been grey all of today, let's hope we get a little more yellow tomorrow and the sun comes out to play... !!! ⁠⠀
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Have a lovely weekend, I can't believe its November!!⁠⠀
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#stillobsessedwithyellowandgrey #winteriscoming #greydays #cleanbeauty #SPFeveryday #perfectlips #cleanskincare #albusandflora
  • Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.....⁠⠀
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As we move from Autumn to Winter, nature gives us a final flourish of red, orange and yellow tones before fluttering to the ground, returning once more to the soil. It's a powerful time to reflect on what really matters to you and to let go of things that no longer support or serve you well.⁠⠀ 🍁🍁🍁
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I always tend to journal more as the seasons change, it feels somehow,  for me anyway, the best time to reflect on the professional and personal challenges of the last few months and to let go,  in readiness for the new. ⁠⠀
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Happy Autumn's end, Happy Halloween, and Happy Journaling everyone!⁠⠀ 🎃👻⁠🎃👻🎃👻🎃
#happyhalloween #letgo #reflect #autumncolours #autumnselfcare #changingseasons #innerbeauty #innerwisdom #loveandletgo⁠ #albusandflora @albusandflora⁠⠀
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📷: Debby Hudson
  • We are often asked what Albus & Flora and our logo means....⁠⠀
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ALBUS, meaning white in Latin, symbolises the natural purity of our formulations, and the beauty of freshly fallen snow (if only our skin would reflect light that perfectly!)⁠⠀
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FLORA, meaning regional plants, and the name of the roman goddess of flowers & spring, symbolises the beauty and wisdom of the botanicals we use.⁠⠀
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Our logo is a representation of a four petaled flower, to reflect the seasons of spring, summer, autumn & winter, and the line it traces is continuous to reflect the adventure of life - continuous,  with no beginning or end 😊
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#whatinaname #albusandflora #botanicalskincare #cleanskincare #naturehastheanswers
  • Had to share this gorgeous shot from @katiejaneendurance, inspirational adventurer & endurance athlete bringing, as she would say "a touch of pink & girly glamour to adventure". We are thrilled @albusandflora gets to support her on adventures great & small!⁠⠀
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We may be heading towards winter but daily UVA & UVB protection for the face and the delicate lips is still as essential as it is in the summer. The levels of UVA do not reduce in strength or amount and are constant all year round. They contribute to premature photo-ageing and increase the risk of certain skin cancers along with UVB. UVA can also travel through glass, so if you are stuck at a desk or in the car instead of being up a wonderful mountain, you still are being exposed to the damaging rays, so protect & support daily.⁠⠀
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If you are a keen adventurer or are thinking about dipping your toe in,  I highly recommend you check out @katiejaneendurance and her blog, full of fascinating accounts of her many adventures and challenges and packed full of helpful guides and support. As Katie says on her blog, "through adventure we perpetually learn that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they can just be bold enough to begin" ....so here's to be being bold, here's to taking a little first step toward anything you want to do, anything you dare to dream and here's to having extraordinary ordinary days 🏔😊🏔⠀
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⁠#katiejaneendurace #adventuregirl #thisgirlcan #thisgirlcanadvneture #womenoutdoors #adventurequeens #bebold #naturalbeauty #cleanbeauty⁠ #albusandflora ⁠⠀