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Your Skin

Skin is the body’s largest organ and one of the most important. In order to achieve optimal skin health, understanding the various skin types and conditions as well as factors that potentially cause damage is essential.

Understanding Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body with multiple layers, structural proteins, and vital components responsible for its health and appearance. The key to optimal skin improvement is understanding the inner workings of this dynamic organ.

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Skin Types & Conditions

Every skin is different, and the combination of each skin type and particular skin condition presents a unique set of characteristics.

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Skin type

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Combination
  • Dry
  • Sensitive

Skin conditions

  • Aging
  • Acne
  • Discoloration
  • Dehydrated
  • Rosacea
  • Sensitised

Environmental Aggressors

A natural reservoir of protective antioxidants helps the skin repair itself, but as it is bombarded with environmental aggressors, this supply is quickly depleted. Without antioxidant protection, the skin can succumb to cellular damage that affects both its appearance and long-term health.

The main environmental factors that contribute to skin damage are sunlight, infrared radiation, air pollution, hot and cold temperatures, and cigarette smoke. These aggressors generate free radicals, which cause a damaging chain of events in the skin that compromises vital cellular components as well as the cells’ DNA. Inflammation, DNA mutations, protein damage, and changes in gene expression are among the other destructive effects. When cells become less able to defend themselves from environmental insults and lose their ability to replicate correctly, the visible signs include fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discolouration, and potentially skin cancer.

Sunscreen Is Not Enough

Sun Damage & Sun Protection

The sun is the source of energy that sustains life, but accumulated exposure without proper protection has negative consequences. Three main types of rays that damage our skin are UVA, UVB, and infrared rays (IR), all of which have the ability to penetrate skin and cause damage to cells and DNA. On the surface, this damage manifests as fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and discolouration, but the most dangerous consequence beneath the surface is the risk of skin cancer.

To adequately shield skin from the sun, sunscreen needs to be a part of every daily routine. Options include physical UV-reflecting ingredients, chemical UV-absorbing ingredients, or a combination of both, but the most important thing to look for on a label is the term "broad spectrum". This indicates full coverage from the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB radiation, whereas SPF only measures the length of time one is protected from the UVB rays responsible for sunburn.

Research has shown that sunscreen alone does not provide adequate protection from environmental damage. A key finding shows that the average consumer does not apply enough sunscreen, therefore only obtaining up to half the protection stated on the bottle. Second, sunscreens only block 55%* of the free radicals generated by UV exposure. Finally, UV filters do not provide protection from damaging infrared radiation. For broad range protection against all sources of environmental skin insults, it’s imperative to use a topical antioxidant in conjunction with a daily sunscreen. SkinCeuticals offers eight antioxidant products that have been clinically proven to provide optimal protection from the damage caused by UV rays and other environmental factors.

* Haywood, R., et al, J Invest Dermatol 2006;121:862-868

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Skin Care ingredients dictionary

A skin care formulation is only as good as its ingredients. Explore an alphabetical skin care ingredients dictionary featuring key ingredients, their source, and their benefits on skin.

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