Sun, in moderation, is good for our overall wellbeing, but unprotected and excessive exposure to the sun’s rays can have both short- and long-term consequences which include sunburn, photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun) and even skin cancer.
Limiting your and your child’s exposure, and always wearing adequate protection, are essential steps in caring for skin in the sun. And facial sun protection should be considered part of your daily skincare routine, because it’s not just holiday sun that can damage skin.
Here are some of the golden rules of sun protection:
- Choose a product that has been specially formulated for your sun allergy-prone skin and that offers the level of protection that you need
- Apply generously before sun exposure and reapply frequently− especially after swimming, perspiring or toweling − to maintain the original protection
- Be careful not to miss any areas that will be exposed
- Remember that reducing the quantity you use will significantly lower the level of protection
- Don`t stay in the sun for too long, even when using a sunscreen product − remember that skin damage can occur well before sunburn is visible
- Over-exposure to the sun is a serious health threat
- Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight
You can find out more about how to care for skin in the sun in the effect of sun on skin: prevention and protection and the effect of sun on children’s skin. If you are in any doubt about how your skin is likely to react to the sun, or what level of protection you should be using, ask a dermatologist for advice.