5 Steps for Healthy Summer Skin

Written by on 06/12/2017 in Health and Fitness, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

It’s summertime, so that means BBQs at the beach, hikes, picnics in parks and any other excuse we can find to slip on the jandals and soak up the sunshine. It also means it’s time to protect our precious skin. Vitamin D is great for us, but too much exposure to UV rays can do some serious damage, and we know how brutal the Aussie sun can be!

As teenagers, we’d lay in the sunshine for hours on end hoping for that beautiful glow, and feeling cheated when instead we got bright red tan lines, and our golden skin didn’t stick around for long, as we watched it peel away.

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year4. In fact, the incidence of melanoma in New Zealand and Australia is around four times higher than in Canada, the US and the UK1.

How do we enjoy our Aussie summer as well as protecting our skin against sun rays?

1. Cover up!

Okay, so maybe not as much as Joey, but throw on some light clothing that covers up your skin. At the beach it’s really handy to have a light beach sarong to throw over yourself, as you’ll be covered without overheating. Plus, who doesn’t love a floppy sun hat and sunglasses? Not only will you be trendy, but also protected.

 

2. Seek Shelter When The Suns Out

During peak hours, which are generally from 10 am to 4 pm, try to keep out of the sun. If you don’t want to miss a beach day (which let’s be honest, we don’t), find a spot under a tree or bring a beach umbrella or small beach tent.

3. Slop On The Sunscreen

If you’ll be outdoors for long periods of time, be sure to slop on a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 half an hour before going outside (remember: 30 + 30). Also, be sure to reapply after a couple hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

It’s a great idea to use a day-time moisturiser or foundation with SPF in it, so that it’s part of your daily routine!

4. Examine Your Skin

Have a look over your skin regularly, especially if you have fair skin or moles. If you see a mole change colour or shape, be sure to see a doctor right away. Click here to learn more about how to self-check your skin!

5. If In Doubt, See Your Doctor

When you go in for a physical, have your doctor check your skin too. If you have done a self-check and any of your moles could look unusual, check with your doctor ASAP. If melanoma is recognised and treated early enough it is almost always curable3. It’s much better to be safe than sorry!

Love The Skin You’re In

You’re going to be in it for a long time… so love the skin you’re in! Not only will you be healthier, but you won’t gather wrinkles before you’re meant to.

References:

  1. https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1329-nz-skin-cancer-statistics
  2. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/
  3. https://www.melanoma.org.nz/
  4. http://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html

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