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glimpse at our beautiful blue sky gives us an instant lift, and who doesn’t
enjoy the feeling of the sun’s soothing warmth on our skin as we laze about on
our holiday or enjoy our favourite outdoor sport?
how much are you thinking about the downside of all that facetime with the sun?
If the answer is ‘not so much’, you need to consider some hard facts…
sun is very intense, and we have among the highest number per year of sunny
days in the world – we get more sunshine in winter than they do in a European
summer. It’s also no coincidence that we have one of the highest rates of skin
cancer in the world, second only to Australia, and skin cancer is the most
common form of cancer in SA.
there are the other effects of sun exposure on our skin. Most of the lines,
wrinkles, sagging, dark marks, etc., we put down to ageing are actually the
result of UV damage rather than natural ageing. If you need convincing, just
look at the skin on the inside of your arm (which has had little sun exposure)
compared to that on the top of your arm, which has had plenty. Need we say
signs of ageing from sun damage can show as early as your twenties, depending
on how much of a sunbunny you’ve been in your early life, especially if you are
sporty, but it’s between 35 and 49 that the real damage rises to the surface.
studies have shown that repeated unprotected exposure to ultraviolet and
infrared radiation from the sun, even for short periods at a time, breaks down
collagen and damages skin cell DNA. UVA rays penetrate into the deeper layers
of the skin, breaking down the support structures and resulting in loss of
volume and elasticity, whereas UVB rays are responsible for the topical burning
of the skin, also triggering the production of pigment within the skin which,
in turn, causes freckles and sunspots and which may lead to skin cancer.
line… the more diligent you are about protecting your skin from a young age,
the better your chances are of looking younger for longer.
Be Sun Smart
no. 1 tip for keeping skin healthy and looking good for as long as possible is
to be savvy about sun protection:
a good quality sunscreen that has broadscreen (both UVA and UVB sun
protection). Apply it every day, even in winter.
the sun between 11am and 3pm in summer.
UV protective clothing, hat and sunglasses and find the shade.
shouldn’t be out there that long, but if you are, reapply sunscreen every 2
hours, especially after swimming.
sure your kids are not exposed to too much sunshine, especially under the age
of 2, and make sure they are well protected with UV swimsuits, hats and
sunglasses, as well as sunscreen specially formulated for their delicate skin.
need 10 minutes of sun exposure on bare skin twice a week to produce the
vitamin D your body needs. We recommend exposing your thighs rather than your
face and arms, which get regular exposure, to avoid further damage on their
find out more about protection against the sun or to find suitable treatment
solutions after the damage was done, visit Skin Renewal.