Summer is passing but the sun is still out and Shining! There is good news ladies the sun has many excellent benefits:
• It regulates your sleep cycles
• Stimulates your bodies production of vitamin D
• And enhances a feeling of all round well being As we all know too much of a good thing is never a good idea so be aware that Overexposure can lead to
• Premature and unwanted wrinkles
• Age spots
• skin cancer Every time the sun strikes your skin, the skin produces pigment that scatters to absorb the rays resulting in a tan that is defending your body from harmful radiation.
Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables which reduces the damaging effects of the sunshine.
Wear a protective sunscreen, take advantage of the shade and wear protective clothing.
Follow our easy three step action plan that will get your body bronzed while still staying protected from the suns harmful effects:
Step 1 Look out for signs of trouble which include: Small pearly white bumps, sores on your skin that bleed, scaly bumps resembling a scar and dark spots that are asymmetrical, have irregular boarders or more than one color. If they are bigger than the back of a pencil they should also be looked at by a dermatologist. As anyone can get skin cancer, some are more at risk than others. Pay special attention to your skin if you, (a) Have a fair skin, as it does not contain as much melanin (natural pigment) that scatters the suns rays. (b) Have ‘beauty spots’. The more beauty spots you have the greater the risk of cancer cells that will be present (c) Have a history of sunburn i.e. if you have burnt and peeled more than once in the last year.
Step 2 Choose and use the right protection We all know that wearing the right sunscreen is essential, even though we don’t apply it at all times. Rule of thumb, if you are spending anytime outdoors put on sun block before you leave the house. • Choose a product with high SPF (sun protection factor) this refers to the length of time that sunscreen protects your skin. If your skin naturally starts to burn in 20minutes then use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, you won’t begin to burn for 5 hours – 15 times longer. To be safe, use a high SPF as you will be in the salt water all day and still get burnt off the suns reflection on the ocean. • Apply your sunscreen often. 40 min before you go in for a surf as well as each time you come out the water. In real life sun screens are not always as effective as they claim to be. • Buy a broad spectrum sunscreen. These will help fight against UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburns. Protecting yourself from UVA will go along way in preventing wrinkling and unnecessary signs of ageing. (choose a product containing zinc oxide , titanium dioxide or avobenzone) • Use the right amount – it takes about 30grams to cover the average persons body ( about a shot glass filled with sunscreen)
Add extra protection. Sunscreen decreases the incidence of wrinkles and prevents the development of skin cancer but sometime sunscreen just isn’t enough. • When between surfs and hanging on the beach, wear sunglasses to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Sunglasses will also protect the sensitive area around your eyes. • If you can surf in a peak cap in summer it would be an advantage. Otherwise wear a hat while tanning or waiting to head back out for your next surf session. • Wear a rash vest when surfing. • Beware of the instant tan – tanning beds produce a faster tan because the rays are so much more intense and damaging.
Skin protection – what if I only have five minutes? Skin protection should always be taken seriously and you need to make the time to apply sun block. If you find yourself stuck at the beach without any sun protection. Use a moisturizer that provides UVA and UVB protection (most cosmetics companies make facial moisturizers with both UVA and UVB protection). It may not block radiation as completely as normal sunscreen, but provides a good protection. It is also fast and convenient to apply.