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Beat the sun and protect your skin

Published: Thu January 16, 2014
Categories: Top 5 Advice
Tags: Age Defence, antioxidants, beauty, cholesterol, cure, Dehydration, fatty acids, fiona, glowing skin, New, skinstitut, SPF

The song lyrics ‘burning like a heat wave’ may have been popular in the 70’s.  However, in reality, getting sunburnt is something you want to avoid at all costs…especially if you want to have healthy, youthful looking skin! So with the treacherously hot weather that is being experienced across Australia at the moment in mind -- Protecting your skin against the damaging UV rays is extremely important. Especially in the war against  Skin Cancer & ant ageing. Because let’s face it -- nothing damages your skin, quite like a date with the sun without wearing protectionHere is our Top 5: Ways to Beat The Sun & Protect your skin. 1. Suns rays are strongest between 11 am – 3pm. Avoid lying in the sun between these hours. If you do have to be outside within this time, protect your skin by covering it up/using a parasol to protect yourself. 2. Always apply SPF 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. The number on the SPF bottle reflects the length of time of protection e.g. 50 means you can stay in the sun 50 times longer prior to burning. Any excess UV radiation can cause skin damage even if the skin is not burnt. 3. More than 2 hours of constant sun exposure can be considered damaging and potentially harmful to the skin, even with SPF protection as the skin may be protected from burning but cannot cope with the radiation leading to possible cell mutations or even skin cancer. 4. Use liberal amounts. A teaspoon for each limb is a good guideline to ensure adequate coverage and reapply every 2 hrs. Use a broad spectrum SPF 50 + to give maximum protect from both UVB rays (burning) and UVA (ageing rays). 5. Use SPF 50 daily on the face, neck and décolleté to protect against premature ageing and pigmentation, even in winter UVA rays are present during daylight.    

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