Wrinkles are genetic, because you cannot do anything against “them”. Or can you? In addition, my trusted pharmacist advised the SPF 50 to protect my skin. What does the sun protection factor protect me against?
I will explain:
When I think about wrinkles, I always analyze. Is this a dryness, mimic, or real "You've gotten old" - wrinkle? There are so many different ones. You often have to get up close to get it right. How many times have I talked to people about wrinkles… Often I get answers like: "Oh, wrinkles, that's part of life!", Or "cosmetics cannot do anything anyway! It is all advertising!" My favorite comment by far is:" Wrinkles are genetic anyway, and there is nothing you can do against them.” You can’t?
Honestly. There are many publications on the development of wrinkles in the human skin. And even more honest, they all come to the same conclusion. You can have an opinion, yes, but you can also evolve it. Here are some of the facts that have built my opinion:
The New England Journal of Medicine published a report on skin aging in April 2012. This report explained the difference between the sun's UVA and UVB radiation for the first time openly to a broad audience. "Ah! So it's about sunscreen," you certainly think now. True, but you have to differentiate. First you have to understand the so-called sun protection factor. Sun protection factors protect against UVB radiation. This is less relevant for wrinkles. UVB radiation does not “make you old”, but instead stimulates the melanin production of the skin, so it creates the beautiful tan, which protects us to some extent from sunburn, unfortunately often much too late. I suppose now that we all apply sunscreen when we sunbathe on a beach. Best a very high protection. SPF 50 maybe? The higher the better, right? Accordingly, SPF 50 protects 5 times as much as SPF 10? One would think!
But if one really understands the factors, it is totally misleading. In fact, the difference between SPF 10 and 50 is only 8%. Because the SPF 10 reduces the UVB radiation to 1/10, so it filters out 90%. Accordingly, SPF 50 reduces the UVB radiation to 1/50, that is 2%, thus decreasing 98%. 98% -90% = 8%. Not so much.
More important than applying insanely high protection factors is to avoid application errors. For the sunscreen cream measuring test in the laboratory they applied 2 mg per square centimeter, which is unrealistic in reality at the beach. You would apply it unevenly and altogether much too little and then in the end you probably have a SPF 15 on the right cheek and a SPF 8 on the forehead when you have creamed yourself with SPF 20. In addition, it is necessary to reapply the cream after bathing, because the majority of the sunscreen has ended up in the towel.
Back to the above mentioned publication. It is about a 69-year-old truck driver who has been driving the same route for almost 30 years. You can see clearly that his left, the window-facing face half is very wrinkled, his right, the protective interior facing face, however, is still relatively smooth. This finding is interesting in that it proves that the wrinkles are caused by the UVA rays, because UVB cannot penetrate the glass of the side window.
This knowledge was nothing new for the experts. The research and development department of Procter & Gamble has published findings on the extent of light-induced skin aging at a 2008 Science Congress in Munich. Besides, Dr. Eckart Voss conducted a study in 2005 on more than 200 participants of all ages. The age of the skin was determined via skin elasticity measurements on the outer and inner arm and graphically displayed.
Result: A 70 year old has an inner-arm elasticity, like the outer arm of a 35 year old. The skin of the inner arm is therefore only half as "old" as the outer arm. The inner arm, which almost never faces the light, has aged genetically, whereas the outer arm is twice as old due to the light-induced aging of the skin.
Conclusion: to avoid wrinkles you should protect the skin from light. But you do not need high sun protection factors in our latitudes; SPF 4-6 is perfectly adequate. (Also because of the Vitamin D Synthesis, but that is another topic.) But what you need every day, whether cloudy or not, is as complete as possible UVA protection. Although sunscreen creams now require minimum protection against UVA radiation, this is not enough to protect against wrinkles. Because the task of these creams is primarily the protection against sunburn.
You can remember it like this: UVA = AGE; UVB = BURN.
And of course I write that to draw attention to our LIA creams. They got that UVA protection! Our LIA creams have inverted sunscreen, so to say: high protection against UVA (almost 100%), moderate sunscreen protection (SPF 4-6) from UVB. In addition, we have incorporated an intelligent radical scavenger, which increases its protection with UVA exposure. A smart triple filter that remains in the horny layer and never penetrated into the skin! It stays where it needs to protect our skin.
You can trust that our LIA creams provide excellent protection for your skin from light-induced aging. So you do not have to go to the basement to prevent wrinkles! And honestly, at 40 you have half the life and 80% of the wrinkles ahead of you! So it's worth thinking about prevention!
*LIA = Light-induced aging