Summer holidays = days in the sun, but, with our harsh South African sun, we certainly can’t afford to spend all day in the sunshine without wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen is as essential to summer as ice cream!
Whether you’re heading to the beach, the bush, the river. If you’re camping, glamping or spending your days sunning yourself in a 5 star villa – you need to invest in the best sunscreen you can! And you need to remember to reapply it regularly!
Sunburn is a sure fire way to ruin a holiday and the impact of sun damage is something you certainly don’t want lingering longer! When it comes to saving your skin, maintaining your youth and preventing skin cancer – all the top dermatologists agree on one thing (and it’s not often you can get doctors to agree!): SUNSCREEN is the no 1 beauty product you should invest in. Buying and using a high SPF that protects you from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays is month worth spending if you want to protect the health of your skin.
The United States Department of Health & Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer have declared UV radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, as a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
Below are a few more sun care tips that are always worth repeating!
Important Sun Care Tips for Everyone
- Everyone should use sunscreen daily to prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race – yes even those with black skin!
- The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round so use a sunscreen even on cloudy days, as up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF30, preferably SPF50 on your face. A higher number SPF lasts the same amount of time as low-number SPFs. A higher number SPF does not allow you to spend additional time outdoors without reapplication.
- Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects you from UVA, UVB, Ultra violet
- Remember you should never use last years sunscreen as the efficacy of the product is diminished. If you are using sunscreen every day and in the correct amount, a bottle should not last long.
- Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Most adults need about a shot glass of sunscreen to fully cover their body and a teaspoon for your face. This is not a time to “save product”
- Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- If you’re getting wet while wearing sunscreen use one that is water resistant and reapply after towelling off
- Avoid going out in the sun during the hottest hours: 11am to 4pm
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure
- Reapply every 2 hours to maintain protection.
- Don’t stay in the sun too long, even if you’re using sun protection excessive sun exposure is dangerous.
- Babies and young children should NEVER be exposed to direct sunlight. The best way to protect infants from the sun is to keep them in the shade as much as possible, in addition to dressing them in long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Make sure they do not get overheated and that they drink plenty of fluids. If your baby is fussy, is crying excessively or has redness on any exposed skin, take him or her indoors. Sunscreen use should be avoided if possible in babies younger than 6 months. Parents of infants and toddlers 6 months and older may apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to their children’s exposed skin. Sunscreens that use the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, or special sunscreens made for infants or toddlers may cause less irritation to their sensitive skin.
Sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you from the suns damaging rays. In addition to wearing sunscreen, dermatologists recommend taking the following steps to protect your skin and find skin cancer early:
- Seek shade. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.4
- Wear protective clothing. Buy kids rash vests to wear on the beach, wear lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants, always wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
- Use extra caution near water and sand. Damaging rays of the sun are reflected which can increase your chance of sunburn.
- Don’t seek the sun. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet and vitamin supplements.
- Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. Rather use a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it!
- Check your skin. If you notice anything (moles, patches, freckles, spots) changing, itching or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist.
What is the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens?
Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These formulations tend to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue. Physical sunscreens work like a shield, sitting sit on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays. They contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin.
There is no safe way to tan. Every time you tan, you damage your skin. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer.
After reading all of this info about the importance of using sunscreen regularly and correctly you’ll be pleased to know that as part of my #BYFestiveFinds campaign I’m giving away a hamper of sunscreen products from Avene worth R770 to one lucky Becoming you reader!
Avene is a skincare brand from France with a mission statement that promises to “provide the best protection for skin health and beauty while respecting the environment” They do this by developing their suncare products with biodegradable formulaes to minimise the impact on the marine environment.
- 2/3 of our planet are composed of oceans.
- 25 % to 50 % of marine species live in the coral reefs.
- 500 million human beings depend on the benefits that coral reefs provide for the ecosystem.
- It is estimated that in 30 years, approximately 30% of coral reefs will have disappeared at a rate of 1% per year.
Avene have taken an eco-friendly approach to suncare. Thanks to a strict selection of ingredients which promote better formula biodegradability (no silicones) and are more difficult for marine organisms to digest (no water-soluble filters), Eau Thermale Avène sun care products have been developed to minimize impact on the marine ecosystem. These gentle, effective, eco-friendly formulas and textures with an imperceptible finish carry a promise to protect the skin and respect the ocean.
I love this! I think it’s such an important factor to consider when selecting suncare for your family – you want your kids to still be able to see fish in the see when they are grandparents enjoying a day at the beach with their grandchildren don’t you!?
Now on to their products…
Most sunscreens get a bad rap for being too sticky, too greasy, too shiny or too “white”, which results in people feeling reluctant about applying a sun care product. But applying life saving product to your body shouldn’t be an unpleasant chore! Unfortunately when exposed to heat and UV rays our skin reacts by increasing perspiration and sebum production – resulting in a shiny, sweaty mess!
Avène Dermatological Laboratories have recently redesigned their formulas to offer a more pleasurable sunscreen application experience – one that will enhance efficacy and also protect the environment!
They have reformulated their sun care face range with SPF50+ to now have formulas with more sensory appeal, a “nude skin feel” as well as the addition of a new antioxidant active ingredient, combined with Pre-tocopheryl: Thialidine.
The new texture that will adapt to your skin’s needs, absorbing both excess water (sweat) and sebum. The texture is easy to apply, non greasy and quickly absorbed.
In order to offer the most effective sun protection possible, Avène Dermatological Laboratories have added a new antioxidant to their SPF 50+ face formulas: Thialidine, that , when combined with Pre-tocopheryl, produces a photostable precursor to vitamin E which is a unique antioxidant complex that is capable of providing cell protection against attacks from UV-generated free radicals.
The Avene Thermal Spring Water & Suncare prize hamper includes the following:
- Eau Thermale Avène SPF50+ Fluid 50ml
- Eau Thermale Avène SPF50+ Lotion 250ml
- Avène Thermal Spring Water 300ml
Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray
Originating as rain, Avène Thermal Spring Water follows a 50-year journey through the Cevennes Mountain aquifer emerging clean and pure in the small French village of Avène, where it is bottled directly from the source.
This incredible water can be used in a multitude of ways to soothe stressed skin this summer for instance, use it after a superficial dermatological procedure, apply to relieve sunburn or simply use it to set make-up. It can be used on all types of sensitive skin need well-being on a daily basis.
Each spray provides soothing benefits making Avène Thermal Spring Water the ideal summer skincare companion for the entire family.
HOW TO ENTER
Complete the form below to win an Avene suncare hamper worth R770
Eau Thermale Avène Sun Care products are available at leading Clicks, Dis-Chem and selected independent pharmacies.