As you may have noticed, the sun has come out this week! The UK is set to bask in mediterranean type temperatures for the next week and although the sun's rays feel great, they can wreak havoc on our skin. Though you won't see it right away, the sun's rays will can lead to wrinkles, age spots and they're the top cause of skin cancer.
Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages fibres in our skin called elastin. When these fibres break down, the skin begins to sag and stretch. It also bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal. Spending too much time in the sun can also lead to freckles, rough skin and white spots. It can also widen small blood vessels under your skin.
There are a number of tips that you can follow to ensure your safety in the sun this summer:
- Take extra care in the sun if you have pale, white or light brown skin, freckles or red or fair hair, tendency to burn rather than tan, have many moles or have a family history of skin cancer.
- Avoid being out in the sun as much as possible from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunscreen should be worn every day, in all weather and in every season. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and say "broad-spectrum" on the label, which means it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before going outside.
- Take extra care to protect babies and children. Their skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, and damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life. Children aged under six months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight. Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.
- Sunscreen should be applied at least every 2 hours or more often if you're sweating or swimming even if the sunscreen is water resistant. Water can wash sunscreen off, and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you're not getting burned. Water also reflects UV rays, thus increasing your exposure. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.
- Wear sunglasses with total UV protection. Failure to wear proper eye protection can cause a temporary but painful burn to the surface of the eye, similar to sunburn. Even reflected sunlight from snow, sand, concrete and water, and artificial light from sunbeams can be particularly dangerous. Avoid looking directly at the sun, as this can cause permanent eye damage.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeved shirts and pants. Wear clothes and sunglasses that provide sun protection, such as a wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears, a long-sleeved top, trousers or long skirts in close-weave fabrics that do not allow sunlight through and sunglasses with wraparound lenses or wide arms with the CE Mark and European Standard EN 1836:2005
- Check your skin regularly so you know what's normal for you and to notice any changes or new growths.
- Don't use tanning beds. Sunbeds and lamps can be more dangerous than natural sunlight, because they use a concentrated source of UV radiation. Health risks linked to sunbeds and other UV tanning equipment include skin cancer, premature skin ageing, sunburnt skin and eye irritation.
If you looking for a safe, effective methods to protect your skin from the sun this summer or if you have any skin issues - sun related or not, call Madame Skin today (0207 205 4305) to find out which ENVIRON product is suitable for you or go to the website (www.madameskin.com).