THE SCIENCE BEHIND SOLVITAL™

Science is the backbone of every SolVital product, which support the health of your whole body. By neutralizing the effects of free radicals produced by UV light and environmental stressors such as pollution, the powerful antioxidants in SolShield protect you internally, and our UV-protective SolWrap clothing line protects you externally. Protecting you from the inside out™.

SKIN INFO

Skin is a stable but flexible outer covering that acts as barrier, protecting the body from harmful things in the outside world such as moisture, sun rays, germs, and toxic substances. Skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, but sometimes this ultraviolet light can be detrimental, to which everyone who has had a sunburn can attest. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn your skin and induce photodamage over time, causing the premature aging, loss of elastic tissue, wrinkles, and brown spots.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Our skin, with its three important layers, is our first line of defense to protect our body against outside pollutants. For example, too much exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays can cause sunburn. Most UV rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. Frequent and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays over many years is the chief cause of skin cancer. A healthy regimen of supplements, sunscreen, and sun-protective clothing will help protect your skin from sun and visible light damage.

You cannot have beautiful skin without having healthy skin.

Skin layers

The first layer is the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin. This is the layer we see. The epidermis is thick, for example, on the palms, and thin in other areas, like the eyelids. This layer functions with the immune system, provides water balance, and contains melanocytes, the cells that are responsible for the color of the skin. Epidermis protects us against some UV exposure. We need sun protection—like supplements, UV-blocking clothing, and sunblock—to further defend against sun exposure.

The next layer is dermis, the core of the skin containing collagen and elastic tissue, blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands and hair follicles. The subcutaneous fat layer underneat the dermis layer is what connects the dermis to the underlying muscle. It provides support and insulation.

Light penetration

Examples of visible skin damage include sunburn, photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun), and hyperpigmentation — but the effects of sun exposure can go much deeper, causing DNA damage at a cellular level.

UV rays are the main cause of sun-induced skin damage, and high-energy visible (HEV) light can cause further stress to skin. All of these rays generate free radicals, which cause skin cells to produce enzymes that break down the collagen and elastin that give skin its plump, youthful appearance. The body uses antioxidants to neutralize these potentially harmful free radicals. When there is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them, the free radicals start to damage cells in a process known as oxidative stress—this process is what causes photoaging in skin.

UVA, UVB, and HEV light can induce uneven skin pigmentation (often referred to as hyperpigmentation) and may contribute to conditions such as age spots (also known as sun spots) and melasma, the pigmentation condition that leads to the sun spots often seen in darker skins.

Facts about sun damage

Sun exposure is #1 cause of premature aging

Using sunscreen daily can reduce skin aging by as much as 24%

Skin aging begins in your early 20s

UV rays responsible for aging are still around even on an overcast day

Age (brown) spots are actually "sunspots" (they are the result of excessive sun exposure, not the passing of time)

90% of skin cancer stems from sun exposure

1 in 5 americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, a 300% increase of skin cancer incidences over the last 40 years

50 million people are treated annually for skin cancer worldwide

Avoiding sunburn when young can reduce the chances of developming melanoma by as much as 78%

Skin cancer prevention

Several of the symptoms that we blame on aging are actually a direct result of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light. UV radiation damages the fibers in our skin, collagen and elastin, causing sagging, stretching, and wrinkles. Repeated sun exposure causes cancer, and this risk doubles if you’ve had five or more sunburns.

Currently, in the US, there are more than 5 million new skin cancers diagnosed per year, more than the incidence of breast, colon, prostate and lung cancers together. The incidence of melanoma has risen 350% since the 1970’s, Last year, an estimated 76,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma, and 10,000 Americans died from it.

We know that skin cancer risk is related to sun exposure, which is cumulative over time. Over 70% of our sun exposure is incidental – walking to the mailbox, gardening, sitting on the patio, even driving in our cars. That is in addition to our time playing or watching a sporting event, enjoying a beach or lake, etc.

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