Every year over 2000 patients are registered with life threatening melanoma and 67,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in New Zealand alone.
We hate to get preachy on you, but if you want to have a safer, sexier, fun time in the sun this summer repeat after us, thou shall not…
1. Pursue the all over tan unless it's fake (think Super Tan)
Getting a tanned skin is just as dangerous as getting sunburnt. Well established studies indicate that those who consistently tan may be just as much at risk of skin cancer and premature aging as those who experience sunburn.
2. Not checking sunscreens for Zinc Oxide
Using sunscreen without Zinc Oxide as an active ingredient is certainly a serious sun safety sin. It’s recommended by dermatologists as a clean, broad-spectrum effective and hypo-allergenic blocker of UV radiation. Studies have also indicated that it may be one of the few active ingredients in sunscreen that doesn’t cause premature aging from the release of free-radicals in the skin.
3. Believe that UVB causes all the damage
UVA radiation makes up 95% of the rays that reach our skin from the sun. While UVA rays are less harmful than UVB, UVA may cause more damage than we think. Skin Cancer Foundation reveals that UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers.
4. Think the higher the SPF number the better
SPF is not an amount of protection per se. Rather; it indicates how long it will take for UVB rays to redden skin when using a sunscreen compared to how long it would take to redden without the product. Someone using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will take 30 times longer to redden than without the sunscreen.
5. Forget to prime the skin or reapply
Dermatologist’s best advice is to apply a thick base layer of sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out and a second layer 15-30 minutes after initial exposure and then every 2 hours after that or as needed. By reapplying 20 minutes after initial exposure it can help to protect your skin from 60%- 85% of the UV exposure than if you only applied every 2 hours.
6. Not applying sunscreen because there is no sun
We tend to stay outside longer without sunscreen when it is overcast and researchers now believe the clouds may magnify UV radiation putting us more at risk than we think.
7. Forget sunscreen on the slopes
You may already know that snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice, But the Skin Cancer Foundation also explains that UV radiation exposure increases 4% - 5% with every 1,000 feet above sea level. If you’re 9,000 to 10,000 feet UV radiation may be 35% to 45% more intense than at sea level.
If you have any more summer skin care tips, we would love to hear it! Love Melissa x