When you think of summer you think of days spent outdoors, eating ice-cream, and making memories. But this is also the time to give some thought to the effects UV exposure can have on your skin.
Leading dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi speaks daily to his patients about just how vital sunscreen is as a part of a daily routine. “75% of what we perceive as signs of skin ageing are directly attributed to unprotected sun exposure” Dr Artemi said.
We’ve teamed up with SunSense to compile our top 4 tips to help prevent premature skin ageing.
1. Be Mindful of Peak UV times
UV levels are not constant, nor can they be judged by how sunny or hot it is. UV levels are an indication of the strength of UV radiation. The higher the number the stronger the UV level. Using the SunSmart app is a good way to keep an eye on UV levels and plan your sun protection accordingly.
2. Are You Applying Enough Sunscreen?
Apply 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to each limb as well as a half teaspoon each to the face, neck, and ears
Reapply every 2-4 hours as indicated on the label, as well as after swimming, sweating, and towel drying for maximum effect
Don’t forget commonly missed areas including the bridge of the nose, the ears, the upper back, neck, shoulders and feet
The higher the SPF on the bottle, the higher your protection from UVA & UVB, so aim for an SPF 50+ sunscreen
3. Maximise Your Protection
While sunscreen is a great protective measure you should also utilise other forms of physical defence including:
Long sleeved clothing - to minimise the amount of exposed skin
Wide-brimmed hats - to protect your skin when outdoors for extended periods
Sunglasses - to help protect your eyes from UV damage too
Seek shade where possible, particularly during the peak UV hours of 10am-4pm.
However, even while in the shade UV rays can reflect from surroundings such as water and sand, so be sure to still use sunscreen and other UV protection.
4. Choose the Best Product for Your Skin
While a sunscreen can help protect you from all the damage that may come with UV exposure, it can also do much more for you. Some sunscreens also contain ingredients to help keep your skin feeling soft and supple, and visibly improve the look of your skin.
SunSense sunscreens not only offer very high SPF 50+ protection*, but contain the additional benefits of Vitamin B3^ and moisturisers to help maintain normal skin barrier functions. The SunSense face range also contains Vitamin E, which has antioxidant benefits and helps to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.
Why settle for just sun protection when you can get a sunscreen that delivers multiple skin benefits? For more information on sun care or other skin tips, visit www.egoskinexpert.com.au
*Highest label claim allowed as per AS:NZS 2604:2012; Very High, SPF 50+, Broad Spectrum.
^Excludes SunSense Lip Balm