Staying On The Safe Side Of The Sun
We Australians are no strangers to the sun – and its inevitable side effect – skin damage. The majority of us are sure to slip, slap and slop at the beach, barbecue or by the pool, but it’s easy for
skin protection to slip off the radar. Plus, many of us forget that we should be protecting our skin whenever the sun is shining – even if it’s through cloud, or on a day that’s chilly.
Ultra violet (UV) rays are your skin’s nemesis, and as the ozone layer continues to weaken, there’s less protection than ever between your skin and the sun’s damaging rays. The effects of failing to protect your skin from UV rays are widely known: skin cancer remains a huge problem across Australia.
Did You Know?
Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. According to our government, Australians are four times more likely to develop skin cancer than any other kind of cancer, and a staggering two in three of us will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.
As if that’s not reason enough to get yourself protected, too much sun on unprotected skin creates surface discolouration, sun spots, blotchiness and brown spots, and is a key cause of wrinkles and premature ageing.
A key aspect of ensuring your skin is adequately protected from UV rays is remembering that just because the weather isn’t boiling hot, it doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays aren’t damaging your skin. The sun is just as powerful on overcast, hazy and cloudy days, and the ability of its rays to reflect off surfaces like water and even concrete means there really is no escape. In other words, the beach isn’t the only place where you should be stocking up on sun cream.
Speaking of sun cream, continuously applying protection with a certified sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15 and preferably higher – and containing protection from both UVA and UVB rays – is crucial to minimising the sun’s effect on your skin.
Staying indoors or in the shade is advisable between the peak exposure hours surrounding midday on hot days, as is wearing a wide brimmed hat to cover the head, face, ears and neck – areas all
especially vulnerable to sun damage. Wrap-around sunglasses are also a must…
However, if like many people your skin is already showing visible signs of skin damage, there are
treatments out there to help. Skinception Phyto350, for example, works from the inside out to repair damage caused by the sun, replenishing the skin’s structure and strengthening its layers. By feeding natural phytoceramides back to your skin, Skinception Phyto350 makes skin more resilient, leaving fewer wrinkles, better moisture retention and a fresher, healthier complexion.
Just don’t forget the sunscreen!