We are constantly told to be aware of the damage that can be done to our skin when going out in the sun without using a sunscreen to protect our skin. Women are more likely to apply a sunscreen than men, but they also need to protect their skin against the problems arising from too much time in the sun.
There is a high incidence of skin cancer in New Zealand and Australia, so sun protection is necessary.
It is important for sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays – the ultra violet rays of the sun that cause sunburn and premature ageing of the skin.
It is helpful to have a sunscreen that can be used by all the family. A sunscreen that is light, smooth and moisturising with a non-greasy formula that has Vitamin E, an antioxidant with Erythema that is associated with UV rays. Four hours water resistance is good.
Application of sunscreen is important. It is now recommended that one teaspoon of sunscreen should be used for each area that is exposed to the sun – e.g. a teaspoon for each arm, each leg, face, your back and front. While the neck is not usually forgotten, the ears can be so be sure you don’t forget them.
Whenever possible try to apply sunscreen 15 minutes prior to going out in the sun. Re-apply after exercise (perspiration), swimming and towel drying.
Always be prepared. Have sunscreen in the handbag, sports bag, or work holdall if your work takes you outside. It should be readily available.
Wear a hat that protects your face as well as the back of the neck, sunglasses, and don’t forget to carry a container of water.
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