DECODING SUN PROTECTION
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Below you’ll find information that explains the varying effects of these different types of UV on skin - sunburn, ageing and increased skin cancer risk - as well as how to understand the labels on sun products and pick out protection you can rely on.

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OUR ANSWERS

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What is sunscreen SPF?

SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure relating to UVB and the time taken to see a sunburn reaction compared to using no protection at all. It does not measure protection against UVA radiation and therefore it is very important to choose a sunscreen that has both a high SPF (50+) and is also labelled as broad-spectrum. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

Choose a sunscreen formulated especially for sensitive skin which is fragrance free and free from other irritants such as parabens. If you have had an adverse reaction to sunscreen in the past, then is always advisable to test the sunscreen in a small area for a few days prior to applying it over the whole face. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Unfortunately a spray tan offers no effective level of sun protection. The tan like a dye in the outer layers of the skin but has no protective effect. Fake tanning is much safer than conventional tanning from the sun but it is still essential to use regular sun protection to avoid unintended damage after using fake tan. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my skin from the sun?

It's best to protect your skin every day to avoid long-term damage. Sun-exposed areas should be protected with sunscreen as well as shade, hats and sunglasses where possible. When exposed to high UV levels you should reapply your sunscreen regularly and use additional protection such as clothing as much as possible. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my face from the sun?

The face is the most frequently exposed area. It's important to develop a daily habit of high SPF protection on the face. This will reduce the sun damage throughout one’s life. However even with daily sun protection, direct sun exposure on the face should be avoided where possible using hats, shade and sunglasses. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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SUN CAN MAKE
YOU AGE PREMATURELY.

TRUE

UVA rays disrupt skin’s inner building blocks such as collagen and elastin fibres. Over time,sun exposure causes a loss of plumpness and elasticity as well as wrinkles. UVB rays also stimulate patchy and irregular pigment production leading to dark spots and a sallow complexion. Globally, these changes in the skin are known as photo-ageing.
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THE EARLIER A SKIN
CANCER IS DETECTED, THE BETTER.

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If detected early, 90% of skin cancers are curable. That is why screening is so important between dermatologist visits to keep an eye on your moles and those of your loved ones. And of course, make sunscreen a daily non-negotiable to protect your moles and prevent skin cancer.
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DECODING SUN PROTECTION
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

For most people, the sun is a universal symbol of positivity, the most natural of mood-boosters. And yet, 365 days a year, in summer and winter alike, sun exposure is sensitive skin’s enemy.

On your morning commute or during a quick lunch-break - even through cloud cover - UV rays will reach your skin. This triggers a series of events:

  • Instantly, the sun’s rays heat the skin, which can trigger irritation, redness and discomfort.
  • UVA and UVB rays then set off oxidative stress, leading to micro-inflammation. This can cause blood vessels to dilate and nerve endings to fire off pain signals.
  • The sun dries out your skin’s superficial layers, damaging its protective film and leaving it exposed to external aggressors.
  • UV also act as a pro-oxidant tag team with pollution particles, further worsening the oxidative stress and irritation within your skin.

The bottom line? Sun protection is not just for the beach.
Daily exposure is sensitive skin’s top stressor and will detract from your complexion’s comfort, as well as its uniformity.

 

Picking your filter: what are the best sun creams for sensitive skin?

First of all, ensure your sunscreen comes in a light, spreadable texture to avoid excessive rubbing. Next, check it contains a high protection, broad spectrum UVA-UVB filter. Some sunscreen ingredients are known irritants, such as PABA and oxybenzone, so make sure your product has been tested on sensitive and sun-allergic skin.

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90% of skin cancers are curable, if detected early*. Become a Skin Checker and monitor your and your loved ones’ moles.

* https://www.euromelanoma.org/intl/node/25 epidemiological fact sheet

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READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.