We all like to be outside, especially during the December holidays. Swimming, playing, doing sports or just lying on the beach – these are all fun things to do, but be careful, the sun can spoil your fun?

Sunrays always feel good on your skin, but they give you wrinkles and age spots and are the main cause of skin cancer. Too much sun can also lead to freckles, white spots and un-even pigmentation, which is normally hard to get rid of once you have it. South Africa has the 2nd highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia.

Follow these easy steps and protect yourself and your loved ones against the harmful rays of the sun.

  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4 pm as the UV exposure during these hours are most harmful.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy. Always opt for a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30, as well as one that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply your sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before you leave home.
  • Wear clothing to protect yourself against extreme exposure.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses which offer UV protection.
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated when you’re out in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 60 to 80 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • Remember your umbrella or beach shelter when you go to the beach.
  • Check your skin regularly so you know what’s normal for you and will notice any changes or new growths.
  • Choose cosmetics and contact lenses that offer UV protection. You still need to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses with broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Try to avoid tanning beds – rather opt for self-tan.

What to do when you already have sunburn?

  • Place a cool compress (water or milk) on sunburned skin for quick relief.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin and help relieve the pain.
  • Use a lotion or moisturiser that contains Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise sunburnt skin. There are a couple of after sun lotions which help to soothe, heal and offer relief faster.
  • Hydrate: Drink lots of water, or even a hydration solution.
  • If the pain is severe, consider taking and anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen to help with the redness, swelling and discomfort.
  • Consult your pharmacist or doctor if the sunburn is severe and if you don’t get relief.
  • Wear loose clothing that won’t irritate the skin.
  • Be patient and don’t scratch when the skin starts to itch.

We recommend the following products to protect against sunburn and to speed up the healing process after the burn.

  • Vichy Capital Soleil Sun Block range and after-sun
  • Bioderma Photoderm Sun Block range
  • Piz Buin Sun Block range
  • Everysun Sun Block range
  • Skinny tan
  • Nivea Sun range

For more information on Sun Care, please consult any of our skincare experts or contact Ansie directly at our Durbell Palm Grove branch on (021) 975-6570.