I want to take extra precautions in the sun – what can I do?

Friday, 27 November 2015

I love spending time outdoors but I’m afraid of getting skin cancer (even though I use an SPF). What are some of the things I can do to make sure I’m covered?


Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“It is so great to hear someone being conscious and intentional about skin cancer prevention. The fact is that you need to take as many precautions as you can in order to prevent this, bearing in mind that some people are more predisposed to this than others.

Some helpful tips:

1) Use a good SPF everyday and apply twice a day (morning and mid-day) on all exposed areas (any areas that are not covered with clothing).

2) Use a good antioxidant serum every morning (under your SPF) – Something like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum.

3) Take good oral antioxidants, something like Ovelle from Lamelle or Heliocare capsules.

4) Wear sunglasses when you’re driving or outside.

5) Wear a hat if you’re outdoors.

6) Try and limit your exposure time during peak times.”

Ask Dr Allem your skincare questions here.

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  1. Pseudo_kate

    I don’t even bother purchasing sunscreen for my face and body below SPF50, even though I spend very little time in the sun, it just gives me more peace of mind.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Heliocare sunscreen works the best!

    4 years ago •

  1. Sarah-Jane Van Heerden

    I always find that my skin feels oily when sunscreen is applied even though it says non oily on the bottle, I havent found a good face sunscreen as yet that I’m 100% happy with. and I know it is necessary especially for me with my pigmentation.

    4 years ago •


    I burn very easily. I even burned through my clothes once, so these tips are definitely helpful. Thank you Dr Allem.

    4 years ago •

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