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by Lorisa Hasenbush September 03, 2023
It is essential to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. All 365 days of the year (yes, even on cloudy days) ultraviolet rays affect your skin and can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. So it is super important to apply sunscreen daily.
Sunscreen alone is not enough. Thankfully, you can pair it with powerful antioxidants to dramatically boost its effectiveness. Which antioxidants help the most? Studies show that vitamins C and E are effective in preventing sun damage. Let’s take a look at how this team, sunscreen and vitamins C and E, work together to create a powerhouse of skin protection.
Sunscreen protects skin from UV damage
Okay, we know that we need to wear sunscreen to protect our skin, but what does it really do? Sunscreen blocks ultraviolet (UV) rays from damaging our skin. Sun protection factor, also known as SPF, blocks UVB rays; these are the rays that cause sunburn. The higher the number, the more solar energy is blocked, meaning as the SPF value increases, sunburn protection is greater. But there are other types of radiation that affect our skin, namely UVA rays. These rays affect skin over time, causing premature aging. Only sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Zinc oxide is a natural mineral that protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays. It is an active ingredient used in mineral sunscreens. Zinc oxide is not absorbed by the skin, but lays like a shield on top of the skin. It reflects UVA and UVB rays, protecting the skin from sun damage.
Zinc oxide is a 100% mineral sunscreen used in all FRÉ SPFs. It’s safe for health and for the planet. It doesn’t contain any toxins like chemical sunscreens, so it’s the healthiest sunscreen you can get.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant
In regards to sun protection, vitamin E helps skin in multiple ways. First, vitamin E has antioxidant properties, meaning it fights free radicals, unstable molecules that occur in the body after exposure to sunlight and pollution. Free radicals cause skin cell damage, but vitamin E fights this damage by stabilizing the free radicals. Second, vitamin E absorbs some UVB rays, protecting skin from sunburn. Third, vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties, which prevent the skin from swelling and reddening, two common side effects of prolonged sun exposure. Fourth, vitamin E moisturizes skin, which is very important as the sun’s rays dry skin.
Tocopherol is a form of vitamin E that naturally occurs in vegetable oils. It is commonly used in skincare products to provide skin with all the benefits of vitamin E. FRÉ’s sunscreens are enriched with tocopherol from argan oil, so skin will be protected from UV rays and stay hydrated.
Vitamin C fights free radicals
When UV rays reach the skin, they can create free radicals, unstable molecules that damage the skin: breaking down collagen and elastin, creating inflammation, and causing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage by stabilizing free radicals and protecting skin cells. When considering the benefits of vitamin C for the skin, the topical application of the vitamin is 20 times more effective than eating foods rich in vitamin C. Eating a diet high in vitamin C is great for the body, but applying vitamin C topically daily will be the most effective to protect against and repair damage caused by UV rays.
C ME, FRÉ’s vitamin C serum, contains 10% VC-IP (Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate). It is an advanced form of Vitamin C that remains in skin cells up to 80 times longer than L-ascorbic acid (the typical form of vitamin C on the market) and has 4 times the effect on skin.
Combining 3 powerful ingredients for the best sun protection
When you use mineral sunscreen and vitamins C and E together, there is a synergy effect. They boost each other’s abilities, making them a powerhouse of skin protection. This triple power formula is more effective in preventing sun damage and reducing the signs of aging than when these ingredients work alone.
Making the triple power formula part of your daily skincare routine
Start every morning by washing your face. Then, apply C ME vitamin C serum to protect your skin from free radicals, giving you brighter and smoother skin. Your skin will absorb the waterless formula instantly and the unique geranium and citrus scent will supercharge your senses. Finish your skincare routine with mineral sunscreen. PROTECT ME mineral SPF 30 moisturizer is the sunscreen that does it all. Its lightweight formula provides broad spectrum mineral protection with non-nano zinc oxide, moisturizes with FRÉ’s exclusive patent, Argania Active Complex™, and boosts sun protection and hydration with vitamin E. Best of all, PROTECT ME does not leave a white cast. It leaves your skin looking healthy and radiant.
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