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.

  • It's been a grey miserable day in the UK ....no winter sun or snowflakes .... only rain and more rain.  So I thought I would add this cute shot of Snowberry Red from the lovely @pinkjulep to cheer myself and you up :-). Snowberry is one of our most popular shades, it looks vibrant in the bullet but gives a lovely sheer pinky red, which can be layered over liner if you want a more intense colour.  Of course as with all our balms it comes with UVA/UVB protection, SPF30,  and is packed with nourishing botanicals, so it’s perfect for wintery days!
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Remember the amount and strength of UVA A=Ageing) rays is not altered by time of year and all skin exposed to the elements, face, lips and around the eyes benefits from protection..UVA passes through glass too! ⠀
Huge thanks to the lovely review from @pinkjulep⠀
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  • A little flash back to December 2007, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro at 7am, after a 7 hour climb through the night...I had never been so delighted to see the sunrise!! It was the most amazing and inspiring week and I guess looking back, started my love affair with the mountains.  Climbing for a dear friend who was so very ill at the time and raising £6000 for her charity, The Brooke Hospital for Animals was one of my proudest moments, but knowing my climb had helped raise her spirits was infinitely more humbling, I would do it again in a heartbeat. ⠀
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People often ask why did you choose Kilimanjaro for Amanda. ...Kilimanjaro was the name of the last horse she was ever able to ride & we had the most fabulous girlie safari holiday in Africa a few years previously...it was the only mountain to climb!!! ⠀
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Experiences & memories hey,  more important than anything else...⠀
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Happy Monday everyone :-)⠀
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  • Lots of lovely balms heading out to customers this week.....something tells me they might be heading towards somebody's Christmas stocking! ⠀
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Huge thanks to Jo, who has been busy packing and posting your orders all week!! ⠀
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Just a little reminder, Royal Mail last postage dates for Christmas 2018 are:⠀
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18th Dec - 2nd Class⠀
20th Dec - 1st Class⠀
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So if you are in need of a few extra stocking fillers, take advantage of our free shipping option on the website this December.⠀
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  • Looking forward to getting these back on on again soon.....the snow is falling in Courchevel and my winter home and mountains are definitely calling!! ⠀
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  • Beauty in small things :-)⠀
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Alpines are such a joy - and are some of the most resilient plants on the planet, withstanding extreme cold and extreme heat, yet so delicate and beautifully small.  They have tremendous strategies to protect themselves against high UV loads and are packed full of anti-oxidants.  It's a great botanical to use to protect our skin, and its why we use Alpine Rose in all our balms. ⠀
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Alpine rose also has another little beauty protection benefit...its anti-viral so significantly reduces the likelihood of one of those pesky cold sores rearing their small, but definitely NOT beautiful head, and will reduce the severity of any outbreak and speed up healing. As winter takes hold, and as we push towards Christmas, we often get a little run down and small amounts of UV can easily trigger the virus, often just when we have fun things planned #mortified #ilovegettingacoldsoresaidnobodyEVER⠀
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  • It may only be Tuesday but it feels like Friday.....and the kind of Friday that follows the busiest most stressful week.....after the day I have had the only thing to do is to turn the computer off, reset both computer (and my mind) and hope that by tomorrow the number of tabs that have to be open have reduced!⠀
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.......This also may have to include a glass of wine! Though of course I will be listening to my skin's advice and will be adding a glass of water or two to that prescription!!⠀
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