10 June 2015
Before you hit the pool this summer, you’ll need to make sure your skin is properly protected from the sun’s UV rays. But don’t get fooled by common myths – here’s what you need to know about summer Skin Care.
- Sunscreen even if you are already tanned
It’s easy to assume you don’t require sun protection if you already have a tan. In actual fact, you may put yourself at even more risk to sun damage as you’re more likely to stay out in the sun longer, thinking it’s not causing you any harm. Always apply sunscreen, whether or not you have a tan.
- Cover-ups are not substitutes for sunscreen
You know that super cute sarong you bought to ‘keep your body covered’ when you’re not in the pool? You’ll still need sunscreen to keep your skin sufficiently protected from burns. It’s also a good idea to stay out of the sun completely at the hottest part of the day – between 10am and 3pm.
- Dark-skinned people are still at risk of skin cancer
While your skin is at less risk of burning if it’s dark, it’s still at risk for skin cancer. Dark skin naturally creates up to SPF 13, but this is not high enough to skip the sunscreen. Look out for formulas with both UVA and UVB protection.
- Sunscreen is a must every day
Did you know that up to 80 per cent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate your skin even on a cloudy day? Sunburn is more common on overcast days as people assume they don’t need to wear sunscreen. Make sure you apply your SPF liberally throughout the day, no matter what the weather.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can be lazy with your sunscreen – one thick layer of SPF 50 will not provide you with adequate protection. Sunscreen needs to be applied every two to three hours, and immediately after swimming. You can keep extra sensitive areas such as your scalp protected with a sun hat.
- Makeup with SPF is not the same as sunscreen
Many cosmetic products contain SPF nowadays, which is great for providing you with an extra layer of protection but shouldn’t be used as sole sun protection. While ideal for intermittent sun exposure, they’re not adequate protection for a full day at the beach. Apply SPF 30 minimum on top of your makeup each day for maximum protection.
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