Keep your skin sun-safe on holiday
14 Aug 2012
If you are heading off on holiday to sunnier climes, it is essential to make sure that your skin is not neglected. Although most people like to return home with a healthy glow, what they fail to realise is that that they are doing lasting damage to their skin.
There are many sun protection products on the market and sometimes the choice can be overwhelming.
Dermatologists recommend that you find a sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor - or SPF as it is better known - as well as protection against ultraviolet types A and B.
UVB rays affect the outer layers of your skin, creating redness and a burning sensation.
UVA rays, on the other hand, lead to damage underneath the surface and although it may not be noticeable, can be just as harmful.
Protect other parts of your body
Although we are used to applying sun protection to the exposed parts of our bodies, there are certain areas that often go neglected.
Wearing a hat is important as it helps prevent sunburn on the scalp, as well as reducing the likelihood of heat stroke.
Your hair can also be damaged if you leave it exposed - some products come with a built-in SPF and are worth considering if you are heading out into the sunshine.
Eyes need to be protected with sunglasses, while it is also important to think about regularly applying a lip balm with SPF.
If your skin is already damaged
There are various non-surgical solutions that will help rectify damage to your skin caused by the sun.
Skin treatments such as microdermabrasion can remove your dead skin cells, leaving your face glowing for all the right reasons. Similarly, skin peels are a great way to give your skin a boost if it has had a little too much sunshine over the years.