With spring coming into full bloom, we can’t wait for the summer sun and to feel the warmth on our skin. The sun provides lots of great benefits, including some vitamin D production and a lovely sun-kissed tan, but unfortunately, as with most good things, taken to excess can be harmful.
The sun’s rays primarily exist as two main types; ultraviolet type A (UVA) and ultraviolet type B (UVB). UVA is the most abundant reaching the earth’s surface1, however UVB in excess can cause skin burning. UVA is able to pass through the skin, causing damage to the skin cells. This damage can present itself as different signs of premature ageing, including wrinkles and age spots.
The damage caused impacts the skin cells and important structures, supporting skin functionality, including collagen. Collagen is an important support protein in the skin, helping to provide strength and elasticity to the skin.
Ellansé is a collagen-stimulating filler, designed to give immediate, long-lasting and natural looking results. The long-term benefits seen with Ellansé, come from the improved collagen production around the filler. This means the patient will continue seeing results improve over time.
Collagen and elastin are degraded by UV exposure, primarily induced by UVB as well as reducing the synthesis of new collagen2. The key mechanism of Ellansé is that is causes the stimulation of collagen production over time. If you are considering or have received anti-aging treatments, such as Ellansé, it is important to protect your skin from excess sun exposure.
It is important to look after your skin properly to help reduce sun damage to your skin. Using sunscreen is an effective way to protect yourself when spending time in the sun. Sunscreens and lotions act as barriers to reflect or shield your skin from the majority of UV rays. It is important to remember that even if it is cloudy, the UV rays can still do damage and you should reapply sun protection during longer exposure.
1.Epstein J. H, Wang S. Q. (2013) UVA & UVB Skin Cancer Foundation [online] http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb
2.Guang Dai, et al. Chronic Ultraviolet B Irradiation Causes Loss of Hyaluronic Acid from Mouse Dermis Because of Down-Regulation of Hyaluronic Acid Synthase. Am J Pathol 2007 Nov; 171(5): 1451-1461
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