Sun Awareness Week – How to Protect the Skin and The Treatments That Can Help Sun Damaged Skin

Despite the feel-good feeling that comes with being able to relax in the sun there is one thing to be conscious of: sun damage. Taking improper care of your skin during all seasons can have a harmful impact, but Summer is the time to pay extra attention.

With Sun Awareness Week rising on 14th – 20th May 2018 it’s time to reflect on how we protect our skin from sun damage and the treatments available.

There are lots of things you can do to help protect your skin from sun damage:

Applying Sun Cream Correctly

As Summer arrives applying sun cream should be a top priority, but you need to apply the right amount for it to be effective, otherwise if applied too thinly it reduces your protection.

It is recommended by the NHS that adults should apply 2 teaspoons when protecting your head, neck and arms and 2 tablespoons when protecting your entire body whilst wearing a swimsuit.

If you’re worried about not applying enough, consider a higher SPF sun cream, with SPF15 being the absolute minimum to consider. And if you know you will be out in the sun for a while you will need to apply sun cream 30 minutes before going out and then again just being going out. Even with water resistant sun creams, reapply after being in water, sweating and towel drying.

Wear Suitable Clothing

When exposed to sunlight, it’s important to cover up as much as possible to build a protective layer between your skin and harsh sun rays. However, with sun comes heat, so it’s advisable to stay comfortable with loose and lightweight clothing.

Essentials:

  • Wide-brimmed hat to shade for your face, ears and neck
  • Close-weave fabrics to block out sunlight
  • Long sleeve tops to prevent your skin from burning
  • Sunglasses to shield your eyes from direct sunlight

Taking Extra Care of Children

Parents are advised to keep babies completely out of the sunlight as they are a lot more sensitive to the sun.

Just like adults, children should be wearing suitable clothing to keep their skin protected and have sun cream applied regularly, especially when sweating and playing in the water.

Also, for both adults and children, it’s important to take regular breaks in the shade, where you’re sheltered from the sun, as being exposed for too long can bring on dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea and other discomforts.

Treatments to Help Sun Damaged Skin

However, if your skin has already experienced sun damage and you’re searching for ways to reduce the appearance, there are treatments out there:

  • The Obagi Nu-Derm System will repair damage from within to transform your skin for a more youthful and healthy appearance.
  • Wrinkle Reducing Treatment can diminish wrinkles caused by UV sun rays. The treatment involves wrinkle reduction injections that are safe, quick and painless.
  • Skin Boosting Fillers provide deep dermal hydration for your skin after too much sun exposure. As a result, it plumps your skin for a more youthful and hydrated appearance.

It is vital to take proper care of your skin, especially when protecting it from sunlight. Those with freckles, moles, skin problems and a family history of skin cancer should take extra care, as well as those with pale skin, freckles and red or fair hair.

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