The DO’s and DO NOT’s of safe sun
OK, OK. If you’re holidaying in the UK this Summer then you’re more likely to need wellies and an ark than advice about exposure to the sun. However, for those of you about to escape to sunny destinations for your holiday here’s some sensible advice to follow when having fun in the sun.
The DO’s and DO NOT’s of safe sun:
DO NOT rely on chemical sunscreens to protect you against skin cancer.
DO NOT tan via a tanning studio. The rays from their UV lamps are extremely harmful and the tan produced does not have the protective effect of a sunlight-induced tan.
DO wear a physical sunscreen based on zinc oxide with a SPF of 15 if you absolutely must be out in the sun for extended periods of time.
DO NOT bother reapplying sunscreen during the day - it does not extend the period of protection.
DO try to develop a moderate natural suntan unless you have extremely sensitive skin and burn easily.
DO wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat and UV rated sunglasses when you are outside.
DO avoid sun exposure between 10am and 3pm if possible.
DO remember that UV rays, particularly UVA, are present even on cloudy days.
DO remember that sunlight is strongly reflected from sand, snow, ice, and concrete and can increase your direct sunlight exposure by 10 to 50%.
DO supplement your diet with antioxidants.
DO see your healthcare provider if you spot any unusual moles or growth on your skin - particularly if they are irregular in shape, bleed, itch, or appear to be changing.
Zinc oxide is the closest thing to a total sunblock on the market today. It uniformly covers from 290 to 380 nm, thus protecting against UVB and most of the UVA spectrum. No other sunscreen ingredient provides broader protection. And unlike many chemical sunscreen agents, zinc oxide is never irritating. In fact, it is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a Category I skin protectant, meaning that it is safe for compromised or environmentally challenged skin. Zinc oxide has over a 300-year history of safety, with no known adverse reactions (which is why it is often used to treat babies).
Therefore, for the best anti-ageing and immunity protection, choose a sunscreen based on zinc oxide and has an SPF15 or greater, but ensure you get regular and moderate unprotected sun exposure in the early morning or late afternoon to help maintain a protective tan and keep your vitamin D stores at an optimum level.
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