When you’re stressed, it shows on your skin. And stressors are everywhere—some can’t be avoided, like the passage of time; others are always there, like the sun’s UV rays.
Too much sun exposure leads to premature aging, as in irreversible fine lines and wrinkles.
Working from home and conducting personal and professional affairs online do not mean skin is protected from the invisible enemies. Exposure to blue light emitting from digital screens could be longer than before, resulting in loss of skin’s firmness, dark spots, and increase in visible lines.
Experts assert limiting sun exposure and protecting skin from blue light are proven ways to avoid the cumulative effect of UV rays. UVA rays are associated with skin aging and its manifestations such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. UVB rays can cause sunburns. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer. This is where sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection plays a huge role.
Cetaphil Sun Light Gel SPF 50+ offers complete sun protection and photostable filters for more effective defense from harmful UVA/UVB rays and blue light. It is also formulated for both face and body, and works even on the most sensitive skin.
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Meanwhile, anxiety due uncertain and stressful situations also takes a huge toll on our skin.
Psychiatrist and dermatologist Dr. Antonio B. Sison said “people respond to stress differently.”
“It could affect different aspects of your life, from work to physical and mental well-being. Stress specifically triggers hair loss and accelerates skin aging,” he added.
Stress could trigger inflammation, cause dry skin, and aggravate other conditions like acne and eczema. Skin problem does not only affect grownups, children, in fact, are more prone to dry skin as compared to adults, as the former loses water five times faster.
“To make sure your kids are protected against this, use a gentle, non-irritant cleanser that has no parabens, non-GMO, and made with natural cleaning ingredients. It’s important to choose cleansers that maintain moisture in our kids’ skin,” suggested Dr. Sison.
Oilatum by German pharmaceutical company Stada, is a pedia-recommended soap that helps address children’s dry and sensitive skin. It has Moisture PROTECTnology which helps leave the skin soft and moisturized by trapping in moisture without the greasy feeling.
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Antioxidants are a powerful ally in fighting signs of skin aging such as sagging, fine lines, and dark spots. A powerhouse antioxidant, astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment that occurs in trout, shrimp, and other sea creatures, is dubbed as the newest game-changer in skin care.
Several studies have raved about astaxanthin’s potency citing it as more powerful than other antioxidants that prevent aging such as beta-carotene, vitamins C, CoQ10. Unlike its counterparts, it maintains its consistency and is easily absorbed by the body.
Astaxanthin serves as a natural sunscreen, acting as a radiation shield that blocks harmful UV rays and minimizes moisture loss—the body’s inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure.
In addition, it promotes better blood flow, delivers essential nourishment to skin cells, and accelerates repair, bringing forth younger-looking skin.
Several studies have also shown that the regular use of astaxanthin improves skin elasticity and enhances the moisture content of the skin. It has also been found to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and overall skin tone and texture.
Vitamin-based skin care brand Myra brings this antioxidant in its newest product made for women in their 40s. Myra Ultimate harnesses the potent combination of astaxanthin, lycopene, and vitamin E to reveal beautiful, firm, youthful skin. The capsule must be taken orally once or twice nightly as prescribed by a physician.