Yikes. I've never been much of a sun worshipper, but this photo of a 69-year-old man who drove a delivery truck for the past 28 years (apparently somewhere very, very sunny) makes me even more wary of those skin-damaging rays. I mean, good lord -- look at what the sun did to the left half of his face!! (The condition is technically known as Unilateral Dermatoheliosis.)
Ready to freak out a little bit more?
According to the latest studies, the standard SPF you're probably using might not be enough.
Sure, it protects against UVA and UVB rays ... but there are those pesky infrared rays to consider.
Oh, come on! Infrared rays?!
Yes, yes ... they exist. Infrared rays are produced by "anything that emits heat," including ovens, radiators, curling irons, you name it. And while most of them bounce off the skin without doing much damage, some of them sneak down deep, altering the collagen, elastin, and protein structures in the skin.
Argh. Is there nothing to be done?
Actually, there is something to be done. Antioxidants reportedly neutralize those infrared free radicals. And while sunscreens aren't generally forumulated with adequate antioxidants (if any), it's relatively easy to slather on a face cream or serum rich in vitamin C.
I know what you're thinking: ANOTHER face cream, really?
But just take another look at our friend the truck driver ... a few extra antioxidants are certainly worth the trouble, right?
Do you use face cream or serum with vitamin C or other antioxidants?
Image via HLNtv