Get It Beauty 2016 Episode 12 - Sun Care and UV Defense

Friday, May 20, 2016

Get It Beauty is a Korean beauty network television program shown on the OnStyle channel. It's hosted by (from left to right) actress/model Kim Jung Min, actress and former Miss Korea Honey Lee, and beauty editor Hwang Min Young. They are joined by special MC Lizzy of Kpop group Orange Caramel and After School.

They used to release episodes with English subtitles, but stopped back in 2015, so every once in awhile, when I see a show with some useful skincare tips, I like to translate them on the blog. Today's episode is all about how to fight the aging and imperfections brought on by UV radiation. This is the sunscreen and sun care episode.

Honey Lee says 'you may have been born with great skin, but there's no such thing as having been born with strong skin'. She'll coat you with UV protection through the advice given in today's episode.

Lizzy of After School and Orange Caramel

Lizzy talks about how she isn't that great about using sunscreen underneath makeup and how that leads to freckles which she then covers up with concealer. The hosts lament that she may be losing her perfect skin and may become more reliant on makeup to cover it up instead. In order to educate Lizzy and everyone in the studio audience about sun care, they bring out Lim Yi Suk, a dermatologist.

Dermatologist Lim Yi Suk cautions the audience that all UV rays, whether they be UVA, UVB, or UVC (although UVCdon't penetrate past the ozone layer) are harmful and damaging to the skin. 

UVB rays cause sunburns and skin cancer and can be protected against by using SPF. However, SPF is measured by time spent out in the sun SPF1 can protect someone for roughly 15 minutes out in the sun. However, what people misunderstand is that UV protection does not increase in a linear fashion with SPF. That is, SPF 60 does not give 60*15 minutes of protection, and SPF 60 does not give twice the amount of protection as SPF 30. The protection factor begins to taper off as SPF increases.

Lim Yi Suk also reminds the audience that SPF must be applied 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun. and must be reapplied every 2-3 hours to get the full protection stated on the bottle.

UVA rays cause skin discoloration and can be protected against by using PA protection. PA ranges from PA+ to PA++ to PA+++ to PA++++, the more '+'s, the more protection the user is receiving. 

They then compare complexion camera photos of two different audience members, one who is religious about sunscreen usage, and one who does not use sunscreen whatsoever, to see if there are differences in the skin age and quality.

Audience member 1 does not use sunscreen. On the left is the damage/discoloration in her epidermis, the outermost layer of our skin, and on the right it's possible to see where the UV has damaged her dermis, or deeper layer of the skin. 

Lim Yi Suk explains how right now the damage seen on audience member 1 indicates that she isn't applying her sunscreen evenly and gives some reassurance that some of this damage could be scaled back if she receives a laser treatment or chemical peel. However, damaged dermal cells and dermal discoloration is hard to reverse. Beauty editor Hwang Min Young warns that the appropriate amount of sunscreen needed is quite large (1/2 tsp) and that those who rely on makeup with SPF to protect them would need to apply a ton of makeup to be protected, and that they are most likely not doing so since that amount of makeup would make the foundation look cakey.

Audience Member 2 is meticulous about sun care because she is prone to getting freckles. She uses sunscreen, SPF on the lips, and a hair mist with SPF protection as well.

The second photo shows very little epidermal discoloration/damage and a lot less dermal damage than that of the first audience member. Remember, this person's skin is much more susceptible to freckles.

Beauty Editor Hwang Min Young always has the scoop on what cool and new beauty devices are commercially available and today he presents to the audience a UV detection wristband. This wristband is meant to be worn and checked throughout the day. If the band remains a yellow color, that means the user is in the clear. If the band changes to a beige color, then the wearer is warned that 50% of their sun protection is gone and they should reapply sunscreen. If the band turns pink, that means about 90% of the sun protection is gone, and they should find shade or go inside. The dermatologist agrees that this device is much like a litmus test for UV exposure and it could be useful to own.

The next device is a small donut/disk like electronic device. Hwang Min Young tells the studio audience about how the device comes with a mobile app and can measure skin condition and UV exposure as well. There are sensors on the device and when it is held up to the face, it will analyze the current state of the skin to reveal the skin age, condition, moisture levels and more. In terms of measuring sun exposure, the device will sound an alarm when the UV levels are dangerous outside from a range of 0 to 11. 

Next, Lizzy and the audience members face off in a sun care quiz, Lizzy vs. the audience members.

1. If someone applies a sunscreen SPF 40 and a bb cream SPF 32 on top, what level of SPF protection are they getting? 
Answer: SPF 40, SPF is not additive.

2. Which area of the face is most susceptible to UV damage?
Answer: Lips, as the skin is quite delicate there.

3. What fruit is responsible for actor Song Joong Ki's almost perfect skin? Hint this fruit contains polyphenols.
Answer: Apples contain the most polyphenols and antioxidants of the choices presented to the audience.

4. Which of these skin type - sun care product type matches are not suitable for one another?
Answer: Combination skin with a matte stick SPF product

5. Who pictured on screen is wearing the clothing with the highest level of sun protection?
Answer: The person who was wearing a denim shirt and denim pants. Denim as a fabric offers much more protection factor than other fabrics like linen, cotton, and others.

6. It can be a bit dangerous and increase the chances of phototoxicity when applying sunscreen over this area.
Answer: The area spritzed with fragrance. 

They end the sun care discussion there and go into a makeup tutorial which I've decided to skip for today. I think this episode comes at a great time as we're approaching summer vacation. I hope this helped and for my sunscreen recommendations, I will direct you here.

The episode can be viewed at OndemandKorea here.

What did you think of the episode?
Did this episode change the way you will approach your sun care?

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