There is a big difference between applying sunscreen and applying it the right way! In this article, I will explain how you should always protect your skin and I will give you plenty of tips to enjoy Summer days out with total peace of mind.
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Applying sunscreen onto your face is absolutely crucial as the face is a common area to develop basal and squamous cell carcinoma, the most prevalent forms of skin cancer. What’s more, sun exposure will also result in unsightly dark patches, fine lines and crow’s-feet. Many women mistakenly assume that their makeup will protect them from the sunrays simply because it has SPF. But the truth is, you never apply enough makeup to achieve significant protection.
Sunscreen remains your best ally! Ideally, choose one that is light weight and oil-free, especially if your skin is prone to breakouts.
Another good idea would be using a moisturizer with a high SPF. But remember, if you run out of sunscreen, wear a wide brim hat or a baseball cap.
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We have all gotten back from a Summer’s outdoor day without having used adequate protection. The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile and ages fast if not taken care of. Sunscreen can sometimes irritate the eyes by bringing about redness and/or tears. To avoid that, choose a formula that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which are unlikely to irritate your eyes.
Most importantly, too much exposure to UV light raises the risks of eye diseases, including cataracts, growths on the eye, and cancer. So put your sunglasses on! They can block 100% of UV rays and will rest your eyes from the bright sun.
Most of us completely forget to protect our lips but like any other area of exposed skin, it gets hit and thus damaged by the sun. Your ideal shield: SPF 30 lip balm. If you do not have any, wear your favourite matte lipstick but do avoid lip glosses as their shiny textures intensify the sunrays and increase the damage.
The forgotten areas
Please remember, when you apply sunscreen on your upper body, do not leave out your neck, chest or hands! Especially if you are regularly on the road, your hands will be hugely affected by the Sun. It only takes a few seconds yet makes a huge difference: Better safe than sorry!
Order is important
I always like to clarify that sunscreen goes on after moisturizer (yet another crucial step in your daily skincare routine) and other skin treatments but before makeup. If you do not wear any makeup, sunscreen should be the last product you put on your skin.
Ideally, apply 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen on your whole face to ensure adequate coverage. Repeat application onto the forgotten areas mentioned above. And do so 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. This gives the sunscreen enough time to be absorbed into your skin and offer you ultimate protection. Do not forget to re-apply every couple of hours.
I hope you enjoyed this article, remember that we stock Heliocare, an amazing sun protection skincare range that we will talk about later this month. If you would like to know more about what I offer at my practice, do not hesitate to call 011 954 0070/3.