Holiday Sun Protection

Holiday Sun Protection

Holiday sun protection is more important than you are probably aware.Holiday Sun Protection

The statistics are scary: Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. It is the most common type of cancer in Australia, and 90%-99% of skin cancer is related to sun exposure. And just in case skin cancer wasn’t enough of a deterrent, up to 90% of the visible signs of ageing, including wrinkles, are caused by sun exposure too.

So, be it for health or vanity reasons, having the best possible skin comes down to reducing sun damage.

With temperatures already on the rise, here are my top 4 tips to defend yourself against the dangers of sun exposure.

Make sun protection a daily habit

 Everyone, especially people with fair skin types, are familiar with the burn from UVB rays. But did you know that 95% of UV rays are UVA rays? And these UVA rays are with us all the time, every day, regardless of the season, and hour of daylight, or weather forecast. UVA rays are responsible for premature skin ageing, such as pigmentation, wrinkles, reduced skin elasticity, dark spots, skin yellowing and skin cancer. They penetrate deep into our skin, not just superficial layers, and through most clothing, cloud cover and glass. The damaged caused by UVA rays is irreversible.

For this reason, protecting yourself against sun exposure is something that you need to do every day – not just days spent poolside or on the beach. And with summer approaching, the best time to start making sun protection a daily habit is now!

Cotton Doesn’t Cut It

The Cancer Council’s Slip Slop Slap message is NOT being fulfilled by slipping on clothing of just any description. Yes, we all love our t-shirts, flowy kaftans and oh-so-versatile sarongs. But, did you know, that the average white cotton t-shirt only has a UPF 5 (which is like SPF for clothes)? This means that it allows 1/5th of the sun’s UV rays to pass through.  And remember UV rays are not blocked by cloud coverage or glass.

You need to be wearing clothing that has been specifically designed to protect you from the sun. If you are going to be outside for an extended period of time this summer, remember, cotton doesn’t cut it, look for clothing labeled as providing certified UPF 50+ protection, the highest possible rating.

Be generous with your sunscreen

 Despite the fact that women know they should wear sunscreen every day of the year, less than 30% of us do on a regular basis. I hear many excuses for this – from ‘it’s too greasy’ to ‘I’m too busy’. But, given the importance of sun protection, I hope you’ll get in the habit of applying sunscreen daily, especially during these warmer months.

Personally I use Hamilton Sensitive UPF50+ Sunscreen – Hamilton is an Australian laboratory that has particular expertise with dry and sensitive skins and their sensitive sunscreen is free from fragrance, lanolin, and colours, and offers broad spectrum 50+ protection.

Remember, UVA rays are with us all the time, every day. Be generous with your sunscreen, most people do not use enough, apply it before you go outside and reapply it at least every 2 hours.

For every head, a hat

Yes, you need your hat to be breathable, lightweight and comfortable – but it also needs to be constructed in a fabric that offers protection.  I see women wearing their big floppy straw hats and yes, they look good and provide shade, but if you can see through the weave, then those UV rays can see you too!

Like sun protection clothing, look for hats that are labeled as providing protection from UV exposure.

 Don’t be a statistic

 With so many great reasons to protect yourself from sun exposure and so much public education focused on skin protection, it’s hard to believe that we Aussies are not already world class superstars at sun safety. I implore you, please don’t be a statistic, learn more about sun protection, and enjoy the sun safely.

Article submitted by Annaliese Allen

Founder of Honeybell Waterwear

 

Great Tips to Care For Your Skin During Winter

Great Tips to Care For Your Skin During Winter

Winter is a beautiful time of year. It’s the time we can snuggle up with a blanket and enjoy warm meals that are filled with nutrition. For some, it can be a time of lethargy and lack of motivation as the days shorten and the nights become cold. It is for that reason our diet needs to alter with the change in season to nourish our mind to regulate emotions, promote gut health to boost immune health and care for your skin during winter.

So which foods can do all of this?

Foods that improve your mood and the feeling of wellbeing contain tryptophan. Tryptophan increases serotonin in the brain which helps you feel happier.  These foods include turkey, chicken, lamb, beef, fish (tuna, salmon, trout), seeds (pumpkin, chia, sesame, flaxseed), nuts (cashews, almonds), legumes (soya, lentils, kidney beans).  Gut health is improved by consuming minimal processed and sugary foods and maximizing foods such as Sauerkraut. Kefir, Korean Kimchi, pickled vegetables, Miso, Tempeh, Cottage Cheese and of course yoghurt.

When your mood is positive and your gut health is balanced you will have skin that glows. In addition to these two key areas of health, here are some important tips to add into your day

1. Variety is the spice of life. Eating various foods will give your body a range of nutrients, vitamins and digestive enzymes, which would lead to less need for supplementation.

2. Only eat what is in season.

3. Drink water that is warm or perhaps more herbal tea.

4. Although not food related, but can definitely assist your health, enjoy exercise on a regular basis.

5. With increased need to wear more clothing, there is more chance of over heating and irritating your skin. If your skin is sensitive, perhaps the layers of clothing that come into contact with your skin should be made from a breathable material such as cotton and bamboo. If you wear synthetic materials you may get hot and sweaty and the toxins eliminated through your skin can sit there all day irritating sensitive skin.

6. To compensate for the drying nature of the heater, get into the habit of drinking warm filtered water throughout the day with some chlorophyll or a squeeze of fresh lemon to add natural flavour.

For more tips on skin health go to www.ireneprantalos.com or visit our Skin Care category for some great products.