I thought I would remind you of the importance of using sunscreen, particularly as we have just had our first few ‘sunbathing’ days of the year. Whilst we all know about protecting our skin, I am still tempted to get a tan and sit baking in the sun to achieve my goal – but now I am ‘getting on’, I really do regret the years of lying in the sun for hours on end just to get temporary colour. While it is important to get some sun exposure during off-peak hours for health reasons, you can still achieve a golden tan while preserving the long term health & beauty of your skin. All skin tones are vulnerable to sun damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. So applying sunscreen at the start of your day should be as automatic as combing your hair. To provide colour to pale skin, try tinted moisturisers or self tanning lotion.
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Avoid going out without sunscreen or a hat during the peak hours of 10AM to 3PM, because in addition to the risk of skin cancer, UV radiation (whether from the sun or from a sunbed) can also cause the following:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Dry, rough, leathery skin
- Broken capillaries on the face
- Liver spots on the face, back of hands, arms, chest and upper back
- Spots or blemishes on the lower legs and arms
So be sure to protect yourself when going outside, whatever the weather.
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Ideal protection for sun-sensitive skin or skin exposed to intense sunlight. Combining efficacy with the most incredible texture, this suncreen lotion protects against dehydration as well as helping to prevent the visible signs of premature skin ageing.
Don’t forget your hands when applying sunscreen; hands are often one of the first parts of the body that show age since they get more exposure to the sun than other parts of the body. Be sure to protect them daily with a UVA/UVB sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. When it comes to sunglasses, most people think of appearance. Eyes need protection too. Sunglasses protect your eyes and the skin around them from sun damage and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. What’s the right protection? Lenses that offer 99-100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Wraparound sunglasses work best because they also block UV rays from the side.