Experts that summer is only going to get hotter and that soaring temperatures will become normal.Yet many Australians are still not following the number one skin care rule of the summer holidays, which is to avoid sun exposure and use sun protection.
South Australia’s Cancer Council reveals that a third of all Australians got sunburnt last summer, meaning that the majority take steps to avoid exposing their skin to the sun without protection, but the remaining third are still at risk.
The third of Australians still getting sun burnt are most likely those who foregoskin protection to develop a tan; blissfully unaware that just a few minutes of unchecked contact with the sun’s UV rays can damage their skin drastically.
If you are reading this and scoffing – thinking about the years you’ve spent tanning without any visible skin damage – we advise that you check back with us in a few years’ time. Sun damage is known to creep up on you and before you know it you’re less Victoria’s Secret Model and more Donatella Versace.
A tan isattractive, but there’s no getting around the fact that it’s your body’s reaction to UV ray damage. Even the smallest amount of exposure every other day can create sun spots and exacerbate skin ageing, making wrinkles and fine lines look more severe and skin more haggard.
Laser skin treatments can treat sun damage but avoiding deliberate and prolonged sun exposure (or at least wearing a hat, flops and sunscreen when you spend a long time outdoors) is best.
For tanning enthusiasts, this means slapping on a heavy SPF on the beach and opting for a spray tan. It might not seem necessary now, but when the time comes for you to explore laser treatment in the future, you’ll be glad that won’t have to contend with sun damage on top of natural signs of ageing!