Staying safe in the sun

10th May 2019

The Spring / Summer of 2019 is finally here! Will it be a scorcher like 2018? We can’t deny that many of us do enjoy the warmer months, plus the sun does bring many health benefits. So how can we ensure we enjoy the sun safely?  Cancer Research UK predicts that by 2035 skin cancer cases are projected to rise by 7%.  So taking a few simple precautions helps us to stay safe in the sun without having to hide indoors. In this blog we hear from sk:n Medical Director Dr Firas Al-Niaimi who outlines the effects of the sun on our skin and recommends how to enjoy the sun wisely.

The effects of UVA and UVB on our skin

There are two types of sun rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can penetrate deep into the skin breaking down elastic fibres and collagen – this leads to premature ageing, deep wrinkles and leather-looking skin.  (UVA rays are used on tanning beds). UVB rays cause sunburn and both types contribute to skin cancer.

Health benefits of the sun

Our body absorbs Vitamin D from the sun, which has many health benefits including regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body – these are the nutrients that are needed to keep muscles, teeth and bones healthy.  It has also been suggested that vitamin D may help to prevent serious diseases such as cancer, various forms of arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

Use a good SPF

You can still enjoy the sun as long as your skin is protected, especially your face.  The skin on the face is not only thinner than the rest of the body but will receive the most exposure. So ensure you use a specific SPF that is designed for the face and always reapply. To avoid getting spots from sun creams try a SPF that does not block pores (referred to as non-comedogenic), also great for oily skin.  sk:n love the Heliocare 360 Mineral - Heliocare 360 is a photo and anti-oxidant skin protection in a natural, breathable mineral formulation. The non-greasy formula also makes it the ideal product to wear underneath make up.

Applying sunscreen

If you’re actively sunbathing, it is recommended you apply two teaspoons of sunscreen if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck. Apply two tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume, apply 20 minutes prior to sun exposure – and remember to top up every 2-3 hours.  For an all over body protection we love Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50+ which provides maximum protection for fair and hypersensitive skin prone to sunburn. It also contains Vitamin E precursor which is a powerful anti-oxidant that protects the skin from free radicals.

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Cover up

Use this as an opportunity to treat yourself to those new Ray Bans you’ve had your eye on. The sun can be extra harmful to the skin around the eyes and cause premature ageing. And cover up when you can… its best to wear long and loose close-weave fabrics which will block harmful rays.

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