As much as we know how to enjoy a glorious summer outdoors, we also know the effects of harsh UV rays and sunburn. Yet, Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Nearly two in three Australians today are likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer before they’ve reached their senior years.
Many factors contribute to the risk of sunburn. Some of the most common factors include skin colour, quality of products, daily skin care routine and how often you should apply sunscreen. While the easiest way to prevent sunburn and damage is to not go outside, it is neither practical nor enjoyable. That is why we’ve come up with several ideas to help look after your skin in the sun and enjoy your favourite outdoor activities whatever the weather.
Here are 3 tips on how to keep your skin protected from sunburn.
#1 – Avoid Harsh Sun Exposure
The sun’s extreme UV rays are the strongest during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While it is usually unrealistic to avoid going outside during these hours, you can take extra precautions by staying in the shade, using an umbrella, and seeking cover as much as possible.
#2 – Use Sunscreen Religiously
If you’re going to be spending your day out in the sun, use sunscreen. While this may sound like common sense, not as many people follow this rule. In fact, you might be surprised at how many people actually use sunscreen and how much of it. Always choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 50 to meet the Australian Standard. Simply applying sunscreen throughout the day will make a difference in the protection of your skin. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours for best protection, especially if you plan to swim or enjoy a day at the beach. If you are just out and about on a daily school drop-off or office or at the shops, use cosmetics containing sunblocks.
#3 – Get A Spray Tan
You don’t have to spend the whole day under the sun just to get that beach look. Instead, you can get a quick spray tan to help you achieve that slim, sun-kissed look instantly without having to worry about the harsh UV rays. Spray tanning also allows you to look sun tanned and achieve the desired colour you want. Prep for it with an exfoliation and a wax the day before and lightly moisturise after that to extend the lifespan of your sunless tan.
Once you start to feel a tingling burn on your skin, aim to find coverage and hydrate the skin immediately. Be sure to stay aware of the time and staying over 60 minutes in the direct sun without shade will increase the risk of sunburn, even with sunscreen protection.
Article contributed by: Lucy Wyndham