CLEO (Malaysia) - - THE BEAUTY BOX -

id you know that you can still get sun dam­age while sit­ting in your of­fice? Or that UV rays can cause 80 per cent of fa­cial skin age­ing? What about that just re­cently, skin cancer was ranked as one of the top 10 most com­mon can­cers in Malaysia? With our con­stant ex­po­sure to the sun, it’s im­per­a­tive to know ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing to our skin, es­pe­cially be­neath the sur­face. And once you know how UV rays re­ally af­fect you, you’ll be much more mo­ti­vated to slather on that sun­screen. So keep on read­ing if you’ve ever walked out into the sun­light (err, that’s you). This leads to the mu­ta­tions that cause sur­face dam­age, as well as cancer cells. But don’t think that this means UVA rays are harm­less; their ef­fects just take longer to sur­face. Scar­ily, a grow­ing num­ber of young women hold the mis­guided be­lief that a tan looks healthy (thanks, Hol­ly­wood) when, re­ally, it’s a sign of dam­aged skin. The skin will be­gin to lose mois­ture and hy­dra­tion, which will be ap­par­ent with a feel­ing of tight­ness. Slowly, skin cells will start to thicken and pro­duce melanin pig­ment (the tan) in an at­tempt to stop UV rays from pen­e­trat­ing through to the deeper lay­ers — think of it like a lit­tle um­brella for your skin’s DNA. The most ob­vi­ous ev­i­dence that you’ve let UV rays dam­age your skin is see­ing red. “Sun­burn is the de­layed UVB-in­duced red­ness caused by an in­crease in blood flow to the skin that be­gins after about four hours, and is the un­der­ly­ing cause of

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