We all know we need to stay safe in the sun, but sometimes we need a little reminder of all the things that keep us protected. We chatted to skin care expert, Dr Maureen Allem, who gave us this sound advice:
1. Protect your skin from the sun
Sun damage is the number one enemy to young-looking skin – the sun causes 80% of photo-ageing. Only 20% is hereditary and damage to the skin is mainly done by the age of 20. A suntan produces deep wrinkles, leathery-textured skin and brown pigmentation spots. Use a daily moisturiser combined with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you want a tan –fake it.
2. Sun protection
Even for black or olive-skinned beauties exposure to the sun is not recommended during the peak hours of 10am – 4pm. All ladies, regardless of their skin tone, should further protect themselves by using a high SPF 30 sunscreen every day. Also remember to wear protective clothing such as caps and sunglasses.
3. Drink lots of water
Hydrate your skin from within. If you want to look younger you need to make sure drinking water is an essential part of your anti-ageing regimen. Skin cells need water or they will dehydrate and essential anti-ageing nutrients cannot be delivered to your system.
4. Choose the right sunscreen
Pick a good sunscreen. While there is no such thing as a total sun block, choose a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection (broad-spectrum) that has a high SPF. Avoid sunscreens that have vitamin A as it can cause scarring.
5. Stay away from tanning beds
Sunbeds are not safe – there is no such thing as a healthy or safe tan. Essentially, a tan is a scar on your skin. CANSA has recommended that the Department of Health ban sunbeds and sunlamps as it has been proven through recent research findings that there is a relationship between the use of sunbeds and malignant melanoma, as well as other non-melanoma skin cancers.
Dr Maureen Allem is a general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic and integrative anti-ageing medicine and procedures. She is also the Founder and medical director of Skin, Body & Health Renewal and the Oasis Spas.