A few days ago on Twitter this CBS article was drawn to my attention, essentially the man photographed above shows the extent of 28 years of sun damage. As a delivery truck driver one side of his face was more exposed to UVA/UVB rays than the other. Most likely said driver didn't wear sunscreen leading to ageing and thickening of the skin. I do think it is pretty noble of the man to agree for this image to be shared with the world to highlight just how damaging to the skin the sun rays can be.
I am no expert, far from it but in laymen's terms: UVA stands for Ultra Violet A rays which are long solar waves and are the main factor in causing wrinkles and other physical signs of sun damage, UVA rays also are linked to direct causes of some skin cancers such as Melanoma. UVB stands for Ultra Violet B rays and those are short solar waves, these are the main cause of sun burn and reddening of the skin.
In my youth I worshipped the sun and now make it my up most priority to protect my skin; I no longer sun bathe, I wear a high SPF daily and stay out of the sun full stop. When it comes to protecting our bodies I think most us have the general jist - find a good sun screen and apply religiously. Easy peasy but when it comes to our faces that can be a little more tricky.
New on my radar is bareMinerals SPF25 Mineral Veil which I think may be a game changer, this lightly tinted setting powder is essentially a brush on SPF. I mentioned above my need for layers to protect my skin due to not being able to add additional sunscreen throughout the day, well this may just have changed this. Not only does this reduce excess oil, set my make-up but also protects my skin - yes the loose powder is a little messy but the convenience is certainly there. If it is a long day I can sweep this over my face to reduce the skin and add a little more protection against the elements. I have only just began testing this out but so far I am sold. I will update with a full review of course along with a separate post of my top facial SPF picks for every budget.
My long winded spiel aside isn't the trucker image utterly astounding, to see the affects first hand blows me away.