Sun solutions for summer

While we are all aware that exposure to the sun turns up the clock on aging, and can lead to cancer later on in life; what many of us don’t know is the short-term cosmetic effects. 

Many of us think that enlarged pores are genetic, however exposure to the sun actually causes your pores to get bigger and your skin can develop a rough, patchy texture. The sun can also irritate skin conditions like eczema, melasma, vitiligo, and even acne, as well as causing tone changes that can range from hyperpigmentation to scarring. 

The biggest barrier to savvy sun care is overcoming behavioural habits. Here are some QUICK TIPS to incorporate into your everyday office routine:

– Rain or shine, apply sunscreen every day. Even if it is cloudy there still exists danger from UVA and UVB rays.

– Don’t rely on tinted moisturisers, rather apply sunscreen underneath face makeup.

– Apply the size of a shot glass worth of sunblock at least 30 minutes before you go out. It takes that long to be absorbed into the skin.

– Keep sunblock in your car, bag or desk and don’t forget application to the back of hands, feet, ankles and between toes. 

– Don’t rationalise tanning with a need for Vitamin D, it is safer to take a supplement than expose yourself to harmful rays. 

– Reapplication is important. Re-spray yourself or your children if you go in the water, use a towel or sweat. Otherwise reapply sunscreen every two hours.

– Budget brands are just as effective as the more expensive brands.

– Take time out in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is strongest.

– Children and babies need greater protection so use specially formulated kids ranges with gentler ingredients and higher SPFs.

If you get sunburnt, taking anti-inflammatories will reduce your body’s inflammatory reaction and apply aftersun lotions, especially those containing aloe vera gel. Take an antioxidant such as vitamin C, vitamin E, or green tea and use cold compresses.


SELF-TANNERS

Many of us opt for sunless tans using self-tanning lotion or sprays. For the best effects, exfoliate for a few days before application to clear your skin of dead, scaly cells. Moisturise regularly before applying and note that certain areas of your body are much drier than other areas and might soak up the self-tanner which leads to blotchy colouring. Do not apply the self-tanner in your steamy bathroom. The heat and moisture can cause you to sweat which will cause streaks. Take your time with application and work systematically over your body. Wash your hands directly after application or use a pair of latex gloves, and then wait 15 minutes before
getting dressed. 

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