Did you know that UV radiation is the biggest controllable cause of premature skin ageing?
Sun protection Is more than simply slapping on some sunscreen before spending 6 hours out in the Australian summer sun. It is about being sun smart, wearing protective clothing, re applying sunscreen and seeking shade where possible. Using Broad Spectrum sunscreen in your daily skincare routine on areas most likely to be exposed from the sun such as the face, neck and hands will help to prevent premature ageing of your skin
What is Broad Spectrum?
Broad spectrum refer to a sunscreen that protects from the full range of UV rays that reach the skin. So what are the different types of UV rays?
Types of UV Rays
UVA UVA rays penetrate most deeply into the skin and are considered to be the primary cause of premature ageing and contributors to skin cancer. These rays are present at fairly consistent levels throughout the day and also have the ability to penetrate glass and clouds! Making even cloudy hot summers days dangerous. Did you know that up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate through light cloud cover
UVB UVB rays are the main causes for our skin burning, reddening and skin cancers. Most commonly, these rays are most present during 10:00am-2:00pm during the summer months.
UVC UVC Rays do not yet reach the surface of the skin. At this time, the UVS is absorbed by the ozone layer, so they do not cause us any damage- YET
Tips for Managing UV Rays
1. Upgrade your basic SPF30 sunscreen and choose a broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen to help avoid premature skin ageing.
2. Check the daily UV levels. This is an indication of the strength of sunburn producing ultraviolet radiation. At a UV rate or 3 or more, sun protection is a must.
3. Avoid spending long periods of time out in the sun between 10am and 4pm as this is when the UV levels are at its highest.
4. Use a broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen all year round as well as wearing protective clothing. This includes hat, sunglasses, cover up shirts and also seeking shade when the UV is over 3. Wide brimmed hats, long sleeved clothing and sunglasses when outdoors for extended periods are also essential.
5. Make sure you are applying 1 teaspoon of SPF50+ sunscreen to each limb, as well as half a teaspoon each to the face, neck and ears. Reapply every 2 hours as well as after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
6. Give your skin some TLC. Despite our best efforts, there are times where we will get sunburnt. Minimise the pain and how long it lasts by using some after sun products. These will help to soothe ad hydrate the skin. Products such as
Sunsense After Sun Cooling Spray
as soon as you notice the burn starts to develop. This spray can be kept in the fridge to provide an even greater cooling senstation.