Since cancer I’m even more sun-safe aware, even though I had breast cancer my treatment and surgeries have far reaching health implications and sun exposure is a trigger. It can trigger lymphoedema, my skin is more sensitive due to medication and of course my scars need extra protection.
Sunburn is something we all need to steer clear of, overexposing our skin to the sun’s UV radiation can and does contribute to skin cancer. The sun is also the main cause of wrinkles and premature aging, if cancer doesn’t scare you maybe vanity will make you think about your sun-safe options.
SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’, it’s the measure of just how well a product works to shield your skin against UV radiation. To be safe we should all be looking at products with a minimum SPF of 30. We all know that we should be wearing sunscreen but what are some other sun-safe tips you can implement?
+ Say NO to sunbeds…end. of. story.
+ If you’re exercising outside wear a specialty sports sunscreen.
+ Time your outdoor exercise sessions so they aren’t when the sun is at its stinging worst. Try to exercise early morning or late evening.
+ Wear a visor or hat when outdoors.
+ Carry a mini size sunscreen with you everywhere, pop it in a zip lock bag to prevent sunscreen stain in your favourite handbag.
+ Sunscreen needs to be applied at least 20 minutes prior to exposure to the sun. This will give your sunscreen time to start working.
+ Your SPF level is a guide of blockout, a higher SPF doesn’t give you the green light to stay in the sun longer. Make sure to reapply every 2 hours or follow product directions.
+ Don’t be stingy with your sunscreen, slather it on… more is better! Don’t forget the tops of your ears, back of your hands and neck, we can get burnt even while travelling in a car.
+ Buy smart makeup that contains sunscreen. A little extra help is always handy.
+ Seek the shade when exercising outside. You’ll feel more comfortable and shade can offer you some protection.
+ If you want to protect you hair colour, let’s face it those salon visits can be pricey then add a treatment with filters to protect. Remember though these will only protect your hair and not your scalp so keep a hat handy.
+ Sunglasses with quality lenses will protect your peepers, look for glasses that meet the Australian standards and features like polarised lenses, wrap around or wide arms.
+ An aerosol sunscreen is my favourite to use and especially handy for hard to reach areas if you’re on your own.