By now every Australian should know the dangers of UV rays from the sun. The damage that could be done to their skin and the fact that it can potentially lead to skin cancer, as well as other skin conditions. With a hot, sunny Summer ahead, here’s how we can best protect ourselves.
First off, let’s recap why sun exposure is dangerous. Too much exposure to the sun can lead to the following health problems:
- Wrinkled, leather-looking skin (eventually)
- Bruising occurs easier with sun-burnt skin
The sun does supply us with vitamin D. However, many foods nowadays contain enough vitamin D that we needn’t be overly exposed to the sun.
How to avoid harmful UV rays
- Always wear sunscreen (and zinc if you feel the need to)
- Avoid sun in the middle of the day, from about 10 am to 3 pm.
- Wear protective clothing, as well as a hat.
- Wear sunglasses that filter UV light.
Who should wear sunscreen?
Everyone. There is no reason not to put on sunscreen when you’re going to have a day out and about in our sunny country. If you have any skin conditions or other health factors, you will be able to find a sunscreen that can accommodate your needs.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number on the container or bottle will tell you what protection from the UV you can expect. If you have had skin cancer or pre-cancer, you should a sunscreen with an even higher SPF. Many new sunscreens go up to SPF 45 and above.
How to apply sunscreen effectively
- Apply it 20 to 30 minutes before you go outdoors
- Apply it again every two hours
- Cover all exposed areas such as your ears, face, lips and hands
- Apply a generous amount
- Woman can apply sunscreen under their makeup
What if you have sensitive skin?
Some sunscreens contain ingredients that may irritate sensitive skin types. There are products available for more sensitive-skinned people that will ensure you don’t get a rash or irritation after you’ve applied it.
What to do if you have already had sun damage?
There are remedies such as staying out of the sun, but once the damage is done, there’s really nothing natural you can do.
The best advice would be to seek a dermatologist who specialises in sun-damaged skin. For more information, contact us and we will help you revitalise your skin.
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