When dealing with daylight, look at the exposed areas on the face, neck, chest and even ears and then compare them to unexposed areas of the body. The underside of your forearm, for instance, will always look twenty years younger than the exposed area on the other side of your arm. This isn’t due to magic skin in this area it is merely due to the fact that this area of skin has escaped exposure to the sun.
The skin of the face has its own support and protect mechanism in place, in the form of sebum. Black skin with its abundance of sebaceous glands ages much more slowly than white skin and we produce sebum for free! Every day, there it is, doing its job, or rather it is until we begin over cleansing, scrubbing and generally making the sebaceous gland’s life a lot harder.
Sebum provides year round UV protection particularly where your skin needs it the most through the t-zone. This is where sebum is at its most active as UV will hit the centre panel of the face while other areas such as under the cheekbone and top lip are protected by shadow from bone structure. It produces more during the summer months and responds to UV levels. It will adapt to seasonal changes, becoming thicker during the winter months to insulate the skin against extremes of temperature. It provides the eco-system for the microflora of the skin, and in doing so it feeds and keeps bacteria on the surface of the skin happy healthy and well fed. It has fantastic bacteriacidal properties should any rogue bacteria go in search of food deeper in the skin. If this happens, sebum will trap it and work to remove it from the skin. Why then have we become so intent on keeping it under control? If it does display excessive production problems outside true skin conditions it is invariably simply fighting back against its removal and desparately trying to get on with the job it was designed to do.
When you buy moisturiser, or apply a sun screen lotion you should look carefully at the product ingredients and aim for something that will compliment the natural moisturiser of the skin, not something that will in some way disturb it. That is what we aim for at BeSafe. There really isn’t any complicated science behind it, simply the best ones to use are those that will sit on the surface of the skin and from which the light will bounce back, ground minerals such as zinc etc do this job adequately. Keep your face protected, use make up, moisturiser, uv protection even growing a fringe helps, your skin will love you more for it! And to be sure that your skin is not exposed to harmful UV rays, always wear sun protection.