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UVA is for Ageing

UVA is for Ageing

Sun or photo-damaged skin is characterised by fine lines and wrinkles, a lack of elasticity and tightness, areas of pigmentation, blemishes and a duller  canada-goose-outlet-toronto. UVA & UVB play different roles with regard to tanning, burning and skin ageing. This is due to the fact that they differ in their biological activity and the depth to which they penetrate into the skin.

Whilst UVB is probably the form of UV radiation that most people are aware of it is UVA radiation that is responsible for the skin ageing effects outlined above. UVA is long wavelength and makes up 95% of UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface; it penetrates Canada goose jacket in Toronto into the deeper layers of the skin and accelerates ageing by triggering free radicals which damage collagen, elastin and the underlying skin architecture.

The ageing affects of UVA radiation are well documented and there have been numerous studies undertaken investigating the impact of UVA on skin ageing.

A study conducted towards the end of the 1990’s has recently been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (1) adding further weight to the link between the use of daily sunscreen and a reduction in the visible signs of skin ageing.

The study carried out in Australia is one of the first studies of its kind to show these results in humans over such a long period (4 and a half years). Led by Senior Scientist, Dr Adele Green, 903 adults aged between 25 & 55 years used a sunscreen with an SPF 15+ on their face, arms and hands through the study period. Participants used sunscreen either on a ‘daily’ basis or at ‘their discretion’.

Silicon impressions were taken of the back of the participants’ hands at the start of the study period and after 4 and a half years, to assess the level of skin ageing represented by fine lines. The researchers found those using ‘daily’ sunscreen were 24% less likely to show increased wrinkling over the period than those who used it when they deemed it ‘necessary’. The study results show that ‘daily’ sunscreen use can reduce the visible signs of skin ageing.

Fernblock™, a key ingredient in every product in the award winning Heliocare Advanced UV Protection and Anti-Ageing range, has been proven in extensive scientific and clinical studies around the world to provide skin protection and enhancement including broad-spectrum skin-specific anti-oxidant activity and skin architecture, collagen, fibroblast and skin-cell protection and enhancement. (2, 3, 4) In addition it enhances skin-health, protecting the vital Langerhan’s cells of the immune system, reducing and repairing damage to cellular DNA and reducing UV-induced allergic skin reactions. (4, 5, 7)

Further information about the Heliocare range can be found on the website or by contacting AesthetiCare Customer Services on 0800 0195322 or

  1. 1. Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Ageing: A Randomized Trial

Maria Celia B.Hughes, MMedSci; Gail M.Williams, PhD; Peter Baker, PhD; Adele C.Green, MBBS, PhD

  1. Inhibition of ultraviolet-induced formulation of reactive oxygen species, lipid peroxidation, erythema and photosensitization by Polypodium leucotomos. Gonzalez & Pathak. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 1996;12:45-56.
  2. Photoprotective properties of a hydrophilic extract of the fern Polypodium leucotomos on human skin cells. Alonso-Lebrero, Dominguez-Jiminez, Tejedor, Brieva & Pivel. J Photochem Photobiol B: Biol 2003;70:31-37.
  3. Beneficial regulation of matrixmetalloproteinases and their inhibitors, fibrillar collagens and transforming growth factor-ß by Polypodium leucotomos, directly or in dermal fibroblasts, ultraviolet radiated fibrolblasts, and melanoma cells. Philips, Conte, Chen, Natrajan, Taw, Keller, Givant, Tuason, Dulaj, Leornardi & Gonzalez. Arch Dermatol Res 2009.
  4. Orally administered Polypodium leucotomos extract decreases psoralen-UVA-induced phototoxicity, pigmentation and damage of human skin. Middelkamp-Hup, Pathak, Parrado, Garcia-Caballero, Rius-Diaz, Fitzpatrick & Gonzalez. J Am Acad Dermatol 2004;50:41-49.
  5. Oral Polypodium leucotomos extract decreases ultraviolet-induced damage of human skin.Middelkamp-Hup, Pathak, Parrado, Goukassian, Rius-Diaz, Mihm, Fitzpatrick & Gonzalez. J Am Acad Dermatol 2004;51:910-918.
  6. Photoprotective activity of oral Polypodium leucotomos extract in 25 patients with idiopathic photodermatoses. Caccialanza, Percivalle, Piccinno & Brambilla. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2007;23:46-47.

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