There are many factors that cause the aging of the skin. But did you know that 90% of the causes of aging are controllable? So, how can you help prevent the aging of your skin?
Factors beyond our control
10% of aging is caused by our genetics and is simply natural. As we get older, our cells grow older, and this is something we cannot change. Expression lines and facial wrinkling is a good example of this.
Dangers of sun exposure
90% of aging is caused by external factors - mainly sun exposure and pollution. Sun damage to skin can result in wrinkles, discoloration, breakdown of the skin's structure, skin growths and even cancer. Despite the negative points, this is an area we can make a difference! To protect yourself from sun exposure, check out the Fountain Sun Protection
Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap!
The sun in Australia is very strong. Here are some suncare tips to ensure you stay protected:
- Slip on a shirt
- Slop on some sunscreen
- Slap on a hat
- Wrap on a pair of sunglasses
You got burned! What now?
Here are some great ways to ease the pain:
- Aloe vera products provide a nice cooling sensation to sun damaged skin
- After sun moisturisers are also a great
- Cold compresses. Dip a cloth in iced water and place over the affected area
- When taking a bath or shower, make sure you are using cool water. And do not use a lot of soap, as this dries the skin. Make sure you gently pat dry your skin
- Drink lots of water and keep hydrated
Spray Sunscreen vs lotion
These are the two main ways of application. Spray sunscreen is easy to apply, absorbs quickly and feels non-greasy. The downside to this is that you never know how much product you get on your skin. There is also the issue of accidently inhaling it. Sunscreen lotions or sun creams are thicker products. They tend to take time to absorb and you really need to put effort into rubbing it into the skin (we all know how long it takes the white marks to go away!). However they tend to provide a lot more protection.
What does SPF50 mean & is SPF15 enough?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Its how we measure a sunscreens ability to block ultraviolet radiation (UVA or UVB). The higher the number, the better the protection. Any sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher do fantastic job of blocking UVB from the skin.
Remember - just because it filters a high percentage of ultraviolet rays does not mean you should just apply once. For more information on SPF protection, check out this great article by the Skin Cancer Foundation
Tips for using sunscreen:
Tip 1# Apply 30 minutes before you go outside
This gives the sunscreen time to absorb into your skin to protect you properly. Tip 2# Even if the weather is cloudy, you should still use sunscreen if your are outside for a long period of time.
A very important point! Just because it is overcast does not mean there is less chance of getting burnt. Tip 3# Reapply every 3-4 hours.
If you are swimming, reapply when you get out of the water, as it can wash off. Video:
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