Everyday Sun Exposure: Protecting Your Skin From Harmful UV Rays

Today, many people recognise that too much exposure to the sun can have a harmful effect on skin. Short-term exposure can cause painful sunburn, blistered, sensitive skin, and can lead to unwelcome wrinkles, lines, and dark patches of pigmentation. But what can be the effects of long-term overexposure? Is the exposure to daily UV rays (such as when you are in the sun on your way to work or when popping to the shops) just as damaging?

In short, the answer is yes.

The sunlight that reaches us on a daily basis is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet (UVB). The levels of both vary by season, location and time of day, but on the whole, any level of UV ray exposure can be damaging.

The human body requires a small amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation each day, with sun exposure initiating the production of vitamin D for healthy bones and muscles. But any more than 15 minutes of exposure and you start running into the same risks that come with a long day in the sun unprotected. In fact, many of the skin issues we consider “a normal part of ageing” are actually the effects of day-to-day sun exposure.

What damage can sun exposure cause?

Regular unprotected exposure to the sun can result in:

  • freckles
  • fine and coarse wrinkles
  • pigmentation or age spots
  • sallowness (yellow skin)
  • elastosis (sagging skin)
  • telangiectasias (the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin)
  • precancerous and cancerous skin lesions
  • benign tumours

Top techniques to remember

The best way to avoid these sun-related conditions is to avoid direct exposure to sun whenever possible. If this proves a challenge, the next best thing you can do is protect yourself. This goes for days when it’s cloudy too.

Key things to remember are:

  • use sun protection products generously and whenever you are outdoors
  • avoid direct sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm
  • keep children away from direct sun whenever possible
  • consider your own unique skin type and its implications
  • wear protective clothing
  • pay attention to sun tolerability changes caused by certain medications.   

The sun has many positives – improved mood, production of vitamin D, better circulation and increased melanin production – but its harmful effects really must be taken seriously. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin’s thick layers and cause “photoaging” – premature skin ageing and wrinkling.

Although the causes of premature ageing are not always clear, unprotected exposure to UVA rays break down the collagen and elastin fibers in healthy young skin, causing wrinkles and loosened folds. Repeated exposure can result in permanent darkening of the skin, leathery texture, and dark spots.

UVB rays burn the superficial layers of the skin and play a key role in the development of cancer. Unprotected exposure to UVB rays damages the DNA in skin cells, causing the skin to grow abnormally and develop benign or malignant growths. It can also weaken the immune system and compromise the body’s natural defences against aggressive cancer cells. On top of this, UVB rays can also cause eye damage.  

Products to help damaged skin

Already noticing the effects of skin damaging rays and wondering what to do? Check out The History of Whoo website and discover a whole world of products that may help. In particular look at:

Gongjinhyang Jin Hae Yoon Wrinkle Sun Cream

Our Gongjinhyang Jin Hae Yoon Wrinkle Sun Cream not only gives you high protection against sun exposure (SPF46), but you’ll benefit from an exquisite herbal scent. Its moisturising and anti-ageing characteristics and cream-like texture provide a soft skin texture when applied to the face. Simply massage the cream into your skin – it’s that easy. In addition, this Sun Cream is both waterproof and sweatproof, making it wonderfully suited to protect you from Singapore’s hot and humid climate.

Gongjinhyang Kun Bo Yang Sun Cream SPF50+

This sun cream formula is part of a skin care product series for men and protects from UV rays without leaving a sticky residue. Apply a generous amount of Gongjinhyang Kun Bo Yang Sun Cream to the face and areas vulnerable to sun exposure and notice quickly how soft your skin gets.

Gongjinhyang Seol Whitening Essence Sunscreen

Seol literally means “snow” in Korean, and with this seol whitening essence sunscreen you’ll achieve snow-white skin in an instant. Formulated with traditional Korean medicinal ingredients as well as wild chrysanthemum extracts, The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Seol Whitening Essence Sunscreen offers a refined complexion and a radiance you can’t get from any other cream.

Jinyulhyang Jinyul Cream

Made with a unique blend of Asian herbal ingredients, The History of Whoo’s Jinyulhyang Jinyul Cream works to restore a natural glow to your complexion. The Jinyulhyang line contains red ginseng extract, which is extremely effective in replenishing natural estrogen loss as you age. This also assists with keeping your face youthful and dewy, as the estrogen loss can result in dry skin and difficulty retaining moisture.

Proper skincare is essential to protecting your skin from the harmful effects of exposure to UV rays. The History of Whoo skincare range is designed to keep your skin glowing with health and clear from blemishes. Find out more about our range on our website.