SUN PROTECTION TIPS
FOR ALL YEAR ROUND
Daily sun protection is essential to keep your skin healthy and protect yourself from sunburn, and the resulting sunspots and wrinkles. The sun emits infrared radiation, which is the heat that we can feel, as well as ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) that cannot be felt or seen.
All year long, your skin is exposed to UVB and UVA rays, and their respective damaging effects. UVA and UVB rays act differently on the skin: UVB are responsible for tanning, sunburn and skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis causing premature aging and some forms of cancer. To avoid these negative results of UVA and UVB rays, it is essential to protect yourself from sun exposure through consistent sun protection habits.
12 TIPS TO PROTECT
YOUR SKIN FROM SUN
Sun protection may seem straight-forward, but every year many people still end up with avoidable sunburn and irreversible damage to skin cells.
Here are our top 12 tips to help keep you protected from sun damage all year ‘round:
- Use sunscreen every day. UV radiation does not correlate to heat, meaning that UV radiation can still be high and cause damage to skin on a cloudy, mild day. Find a lightweight non-greasy sunscreen that you enjoy wearing to ensure you apply it each day.
- Apply sunscreen to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you expect sun exposure, so it has time to create the intended protective barrier.
- UVA and UVB rays require different types of protection – when choosing, select a ‘broad-spectrum’ sunscreen which has both UVA and UVB filters. In Australia, using sunscreen with a very high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is key – when possible, choose a formula that is SPF 50+.
- Sunscreen should always be reapplied at least every two hours, regardless of the level of SPF.
- Remember to apply enough sunscreen on those easy to forget spots such as the back of the neck, the ears, knees and hands and the tops of your feet.
- Avoid sun exposure between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. This is the period when ultraviolet rays are at their most dangerous.
- Keep children in the shade. If exposure is inevitable, clothing is the most effective means of protection. After swimming, dry the child with a towel and reapply a water-resistant sunscreen formulated for kids.
- Cover up. Opaque clothing should be worn when possible, including long shirts, and long pants. Not all clothing provides the same degree of protection: effectiveness depends on the nature of the fabric. Manufacturers have developed specific anti-UV clothing using different techniques: very tightly woven fibres or fabrics treated with sun filters. Black provides more protection than white. Protection decreases with humidity.
- Eyes are sensitive to UV damage and cannot be protected by sunscreen. Protect your eyes and face by wearing a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses with lenses that offer protection from UV radiation.
- Be extra careful when at the beach, snow or other areas with highly reflective surfaces as this increases your exposure to UV radiation, via direct and scattered UV radiation.
- Be aware that certain medication can make your skin photo sensitive and increase the risk of reactions to sun exposure. This can include some antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and chemotherapy – when prescribed any medication, always check with your doctor whether it is known to increase photosensitivity.
- Be informed and know when you need to be extra sun smart by tracking your exposure to UV radiation with a wearable UV sensor. La Roche-Posay’s MySkinTrackUV provides you with personalised results for UV exposure, as well as pollution, pollen and humidity.
A simple way to ensure you complete the sun protection essentials is to remember the Cancer Council’s message: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide.
- Slip on protective clothing
- Slop on sunscreen
- Slap on a hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses
For daily sun protection against UVA and UVB rays, the Anthelios range by La Roche-Posay offers a wide choice of sensory textures for each skin type. Available in creamy, fluid, gel, or spray formulas with a lightweight, non-greasy finish to encourage more frequent use. Reduce your risk of skin cancer, premature skin ageing, and pigmentation with daily sun protection all year ‘round.