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Did you know….deeper the tan, the greater the damage to the skin?!
As the temperature rises and we head into the beach season, it’s time to get sun smart. Whether you’re a groovy beach bum or running errands during the summer, you can’t be too careful protecting your skin. Failure to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the Sun accelerates the ageing process, leads to premature wrinkles, causes discolouration and hyperpigmentation and can also lead to skin cancer over time. Regardless of the shade of skin you have, even the darkest of skin tones you must always protect your skin from the damaging effects of the UVA/UVB rays It is so much easier to prevent the damage then it is to fix it afterwards.
Sun is the best natural source of Vitamin D which is very essential to maintain strong bones and general health. However, getting enough vitamin D while maintaining safe sun exposure levels is a balancing act. The simple message is, get outdoors, enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle but sun protection should be a priority – particularly when the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm.
For the ultimate skin protection, look for an SPF with the right formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UV rays. We all know the importance of good sun protection, but when it comes to chemical sunscreen versus physical, which SPF is best and how much sun is needed for keeping our vitamin D levels in check…well it can be a bit confusing and can lead to you having a cupboard full of sunscreens that you stopped using because it didn’t give you the needed protection, were too greasy, too thick or irritated your skin. Well, You are not alone 🙂
It’s not just the ‘type’ of sunscreen that can baffle the best of us. The next burning question is …. How do you decide which sun protection factor (SPF) to go for? It is believed that higher the SPF better is the protection….the truth is that SPF 50 only gives you slightly more protection from UVB radiation than SPF 30. The problem is, SPF 50 can be a lot thicker and harder to apply than SPF 30—causing us to apply less or none at all. The trick is to choose a sunscreen formula that offers adequate protection (nothing below SPF 15) but, most importantly, feels good on your skin. Look for a “Broad Spectrum” SPF with the right formula that gives protection from both kinds of UV rays.
We believe every person should feel confident in their own skin, hence no matter what time of the year it is we still need to be safe ..so you can now get your SPF while stocking up on your other Happy Skincare favourites. Dr Patel can advise on the best skin care solutions specifically for you.
Here’s to a sunsmart summer!