As we all know, toProtect the skinProtection from harmful sun rays is important, and UV rays are one of the most common free radicals we are exposed to. Prolonged exposure to UV rays is the most common cause of skin damage. In addition, UV exposure can cause wrinkles and sun spots on the skin. So, how can we protect our skin from UV rays? The scientific community has also been working hard, hoping to use the powerful antioxidant capacity of vitamin E to provideSunscreen for skinProvide additional protection.
What the Sun Does to Our Skin?
Most of us have experienced the discomfort of being sunburned. We get sunburned because the sun's rays penetrate from the surface of the skin to the deeper layers of the skin and cause cell damage. Two of these UV rays can affect our skin. UVB can provide energy for the skin to produce vitamin D, and it can also give you a bronzed skin without causing cell damage. However, when the damage is too great, you can get sunburned. UVA rays are able to penetrate the deep layers of our skin and can stimulate the production of free radicals which can lead to oxidative stress. These types of UV rays can cause different types of skin damage depending on which cells they damage.
When the UV index is at 8 or higher, it’s possible to develop a sunburn in as little as 15 minutes, especially for those who have low melanin in their skin. In general, UV rays are their highest between 10 am and 2 pm.
Why Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an important nutrient and antioxidant that we need to maintain good health. It canFight against free radicals, such as pollution, radiation and ultraviolet rays from the sun, these free radicals can cause premature cell aging. Ensuring you are getting enough vitamin E is critical to your immune system and health.
Vitamin E Protects
A variety of studies have linked vitamin E with increased protection from the sun.
In one study, researchers had two groups of fair-skinned (low melanin levels, which means they’re likely to sunburn faster) one of which was given oral supplementation of vitamin E and beta carotene, with the control group only taking beta carotene. After exposing each group to a controlled amount of UV rays, the group that was taking both the vitamin E and beta carotene supplements was found to have burned less than the control group as well as having sunburns that healed and dissipated faster. It was determined that vitamin E can increase sunscreen factors by two or three, meaning that it helps to withstand UV exposure two or three times more without damaging the skin.
Other studies have also seen results when vitamin E is combined with vitamin C as it saw lower amounts of DNA damage caused by UVB rays.
Topical vitamin E also appears to be effective in protecting the skin from UVB rays, as well as other UV rays that cause skin damage. This means that when used with your sunscreen, the topical vitamin can add extra protection and also help reduce healing time and damage from sunburns caused by excessive sun exposure.
How to Further Protect Yourself from UV Rays
•Avoid going out during peak times between 10 am and 2 pm.
•Wear sunscreen daily.
•Cover up exposed areas, including your eyes.
•Ask your doctor about vitamin E supplementation to increase your protection.
•Try a topical vitamin E product or a sunscreen with added vitamins to increase protection.