The Sun is shining and we are all in great form, apart from sweating and the squinting.
We are constantly making new discoveries about the sun but it is still a source of uncertainty and confusio to many of us.
Let us break it down in layman's terms for you.
It is understood so far that;
Sunlight consists of two types of ultra violet radiation that can damage the skin.
UVA (longwave) cause no pain and penetrate deeply into the skin, accelerating skin ageing and can lead to sun intolerance (sun allergies, pigmentation disorders) &
UVB (shortwave) stimulates tanning in particular and is the main cause of sunburn.
The understanding of exactly what kinds of damages each causes to the skin changes every year. Both UVA & UVB penetrate the atmosphere and play important roles in
Premature sking ageing (photoageing)
Eye damage (cataracts) &
By damaging the skins cellular DNA, excessive UV radiation produces genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer.
The sun has some great benefits, but like all things if not used properly and with care, there can be side effects.
Sun Safe tips
Always seek shade when you're outdoors.
especially between 10am - 4pm
UVA penetrates glass, so it may be a good idea to get UV protected tinted covers for your car windows if you're regularly on the road.
Always, ALWAYS make sure your sunglasses have UV protection - forget how cheap they are or how good they look.
Sunscreen - this is a tricky one and has been awarded its own paragraph (see below)
Sunscreen is measured in SPF (Sun Protection Factor).
SPF is not an amount of protection per se. Rather, it indicates how long it will take for UV to redden the skin when using suncream, compared to how long it would take to redden without the product.
For example; SPF 15 takes 15 times as long to redden than without sunscreen.
SPF 15 protects 93% of the sun's UVB rays
SPF 30 protects 97% &
SPF 50 protects 98%
It is recommended that you use SPF 15 or higher to get adequate protection.
When choosing sunscreen, ensure that there is some protection from both rays (UVA &UVB).
Our Pharmacist Recommends,
La Roche Posay
Anthelios XL SPF 50 Smooth Lotion
Available in store on Special Offer of €24
Ultra-comfortable, easy to apply, velvety moisturising texture. Water resistant. No parabens Non-perfumed
La Roche-Posay follows strict formulations standards: - 100% hypoallergenic skincare range - Non-comedogenic - High concentration of selected ingredients with Thermal Spring Water - Minimal ingredients and fragrance - Tested on sensitive skinWith Mexoplex, Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX to provide high broad spectrum sun protection available against the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays. Contains Thermal Spring Water.
Anthelios efficacy has been demonstrated via clinical studies carried out in-vivo on subjects suffering from sun intolerances, particularly those caused by UVA rays. Anthelios products all have a high PPD (Persistent Pigment Darkening) factor, offering one of the best protections against UVA offered by any brand in the world. The efficacy has been proven by a file of 16 clinical studies carried out by world-renowned expert dermatologists. The brand was also the first laboratory to use Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX and the first to use photostable UVA filters in its sun protection.