Summer is here again and with it more sun exposure, HOWEVER one should be protecting your skin all year round. We are all exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun, even on cloudy days, to blue light from cellular phones, computers and fluorescent light.

The best way to protect your skin is with daily use of a product that offers “broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection”. UVA and UVB are the ultraviolet light rays that reach us from the sun. UVB is the chief cause of sunburn, while UVA accelerates skin aging and may initiate skin cancer. Skin aging causes sagging, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.

SFP factors can be confusing. The SPF of Sun Protection Factor is a measure of how long you can stay in the sun without burning. If you would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, application of  an SFP15 sunscreen will offer you 150 minutes protection. This is a rough estimate as it changes depending on skin type, intensity of sunlight and amount of sunscreen used.

Protection from the sun and precautions:

  • Apply a generous, even layer of sunscreen to achieve adequate cover
  • Reapply every couple of hours, especially if sweating, swimming or playing sport
  • Remember scalp,ears, back of neck and feet
  • Apply to babies from 6 months, but preferably keep them OUT of the sun
  • Make sure small children wear protective clothing and a hat
  • Check with your pharmacist to ensure sure your medication does not cause sun sensitivity
  • Have your moles mapped by a dermatologist
  • We keep various ranges of specialized sunscreen for different skin types, sensitivities and dermatological conditions. Please ask one of our qualified skin care therapists for expert advice.