Dr Ian Webster emphasises the importance of re-applying your sunscreen throughout the day…
The most important piece of advice from a Dermatologist is firstly to use a daily sunscreen, and secondly to re-apply it regularly throughout the day.
One of the most common issues when it comes to sunscreens is not their daily use (as many people do use a sunscreen), but rather that people fail to re-apply the sunscreen after the initial early morning application.
The reason for this is that many people do not carry a sunscreen around during the day, or they don’t think it’s necessary to re-apply their sunscreen again after one early morning application. Another common reason (when it comes to women) is that they do not want to ruin their make-up by applying a liquid sunscreen midway through the day.
You’re not protecting your skin if you don’t re-apply
We often do not apply sunscreen thickly enough, and coupled with the sweating and rubbing, it may be removed during the course of the day. Some chemical sunscreens may be degraded with exposure to UV radiation.
The South African sun (particularly in summer) is extremely harsh – and the damage caused by UV radiation not only causes skin ageing and pigmentation, but more significantly skin cancer. Even when driving or working near windows in an office, the damaging UVA rays can still penetrate glass, and thus be harmful to the skin. As we go about our daily routine, we need to remember that our skin still needs protection. It is often assumed that unless we are lying on a beach or are outdoors for long periods of time, we do not need to re-apply sunscreen. It is also essential to apply and re-apply a sunscreen on overcast days, even when we cannot see the sun.
Our skin is under constant threat and it is our only defense against the elements. Fortunately, a solution to the problem of re-applying a sun protection product regularly has been found to address this issue.
A unique sunscreen protector
Colorescience® Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 acts as a shield for your skin against our harsh rays. It has a portable brush with light reflective minerals, and is the perfect solution for easy re-application of sunscreen. The high quality mineral powder also works well when applied over make-up due to its translucent powder effect. It is a non-greasy, on-the-go modern sun protection product that can be used by both men and women, and it is suitable for all skin types – including sensitive and oily skins with a shine.
This physical mineral sunscreen works by reflecting ultra violet radiation away from the skin. Two natural minerals, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are micronized together with finely milled iron oxides and mica, which are then formulated into a fine powder to avoid the white paste effect (which is usually associated with some physical sunscreens).
It is an ideal product for people who, for a variety of reasons, do not like wearing a sunscreen – these can range from not liking a sticky or white residue, to irritation of their eyes, an allergic reaction to their skin or to clogging of their pores (which can cause breakouts).
This non-irritating, self-dispensing sunscreen powder works well for sports people, those who enjoy outdoor recreation or work outdoors, as well as the busy city worker. This is because regular application of this highly refined silky mineral formula is simple and offers every day broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, with a hint of colour for all-day touch-ups.
A2 Disclaimer: This article is published for information purposes only, and should therefore not be taken as an endorsement or advertisement for any product or medical treatment – nor should it be regarded as a replacement for sound medical advice.
This article was written by Dr Ian Webster and edited by the A2 team EXCLUSIVELY for the A2 Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Magazine September Spring 2016 Edition (Issue 19).
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