Sun Exposure

Most of us like a healthy looking tan and yes we need sunshine for the vitamins it provides but too much exposure is dangerous!

We are all aware of the skin cancers over exposure can cause but perhaps not everyone realises that it is a fact that the sun can be the most destructive element to our skin. It is said that over 90% of the skin’s visible signs of aging can be caused by being in the sun too long and letting it burn your skin, what we call getting a “sun tan”.

Too much sunshine exposure causes the formation of those free radicals, molecules within the cell structure, causing disruption and damage.

Premature aging of the skin as a result of over exposure can take years before becoming noticeable. Yes, sun related skin damage can take up to 10 years before becoming visible!

Sun safety needs careful consideration and extra care is needed with children. Children need to be made aware of the safety measures at an early age.

Remember use a good sunscreen and apply it at least 15 minutes before you go out into the sun. Reapply liberally and often even though the product may be marked as waterproof.

Cover up if you intend to spend long periods out in the sun, wear a hat of some sort to protect your head.

The safest tan is a Fake Tan but often they do not include sunscreen so if you are out in the sun and you’ve got on your favourite tan out of the bottle you still need to remember to wear a sunscreen.

But if you must lie in the sun on holiday:

Don’t sunbathe between 12noon and 3pm.

Apply sunscreen liberally before you go to the pool or beach.

Reapply sunscreen frequently.

Use after-sun lotions to prevent skin drying out.