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Protect your Skin from Sun Exposure

Protect your Skin from Sun Exposure

By B. Soberano

As the temperatures begin to rise and we spend more time outside, it's important to be aware of the damaging effects of the sun on our skin. That's why May is not only Skin Cancer Awareness Month, but also the week of May 1st-7th is Sun Awareness Week in the UK. These important annual events aim to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer.

As the most common form of cancer in the UK, skin cancer has 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The good news is that skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, and by taking a few simple precautions, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing it.

What can cause skin cancer?

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are the primary cause of skin damage and skin cancer. UV rays can penetrate the skin and cause DNA damage, which can lead to genetic mutations and ultimately, skin cancer.

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The two most common types of skin cancer caused by UV radiation are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which are non-melanoma skin cancers. These types of skin cancer are often not life-threatening but can cause significant damage to the skin and surrounding tissues. Melanoma, on the other hand, is a more serious form of skin cancer that can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. This develops when UV radiation causes genetic mutations in the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. These mutations can cause the cells to grow and divide uncontrollably, leading to the development of a tumour.

This is why it's so important to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Exposure to UV radiation is not the only risk factor for skin cancer, but it is the most preventable. Other risk factors include fair skin, a family history of skin cancer, a weakened immune system, and a history of severe sunburns. By taking steps to protect your skin from the sun, such as wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and using sunscreen, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Be sure to regularly check your skin for any changes or abnormalities and to see a dermatologist if you notice any unusual moles or spots. Early detection is key to successfully treating skin cancer.

Preventing your skin from UV damage

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun is by using sunscreen, applying liberally to all exposed skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reapplied every two hours or more often if you're swimming or sweating. However, sunscreen alone isn't enough to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. It's also important to seek shade during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm. When you're out in the sun protect your body and be sure to wear protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses, to shield your skin and eyes from the sun's UV rays. By taking these simple precautions and being mindful of the sun's harmful rays, you can enjoy the great outdoors and keep your skin looking healthy and radiant all year round. Discover some of the sun protection formulas available in store that you can use to give your skin the protection it needs whilst feeding your skin!

READ ALSO: The Importance of Wearing Sunscreen Daily

DERMALOGICA Dynamic Skin Recovery

Protect whilst improving hydration & elasticity

First and foremost, it's important to remember to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. The Dynamic Skin Recovery is a daily moisturiser with broad spectrum SPF50 by Dermalogica containing a blend of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid that work together to hydrate the skin and improve its elasticity, while also protecting it from harmful UV rays. It even includes a unique polypeptide that helps to stimulate collagen production, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

INSTITUT ESTHEDERM Brightening Face Sun Protection SPF 50+ Tinted - Light Beige

Protect & even out your complexion

If you're looking for a tinted sunscreen Institut Esthederm's Brightening Face Sun Protection SPF 50+ is designed to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation while also providing a subtle tint to even out the complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. The tinted formula blends seamlessly into the skin, leaving a natural, radiant finish that looks great on its own or under makeup. The unique blend of active ingredients work together to protect and brighten the skin, along with mineral and chemical filters to provide broad-spectrum protection and vitamin C to brighten the complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Vinosun High Protection Cream SPF50

Protect with natural antioxidants

Provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB radiation with Caudalie's Vinosun High Protection Cream SPF50. From the Vinosun Protect range, this creamis formulated with a unique blend of natural ingredients that work together to protect and nourish the skin. The main active ingredient is organic grape water, which is rich in antioxidants and helps to hydrate and soothe the skin. The sunscreen also contains organic grape seed oil, which is known for its anti-aging properties and helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors.

Professional Protection SPF 30 High Protection Sports Spray

Protect whilst active & on the go

If you're planning on spending a lot of time in the water this summer, the Ultrasun High Protection Sports Spray is a great option for your face and body. It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes with SPF30 and provides triple protection from high UVA, UVB and Infrared A. Plus, the spray is easy to apply, fast absorbing and won't leave a sticky residue on your skin, so you can enjoy your time outdoors and under the sun.

Skinceuticals Double Defence

Protect & brighten the skin

Finally, don't forget to regularly check your skin regularly for any changes or abnormalities. The SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50 is a great option for those who want to protect their skin while also targeting dark spots and uneven skin tone. It contains a potent blend of vitamin C and niacinamide that helps to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Find this SPF in any of the Skinceuticals Double Defence Kits, to target your specific skincare desires whilst protecting the skin.

So this Sun Awareness Week and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, be sure to make the commitment to protecting your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer. Your skin will thank you for it!

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