“I thought it seemed appropriate to talk about sunscreen, being the middle of summer and all (well maybe if you live somewhere other than Melbourne)”
Growing up in Australia I think we all know the dangers of the sun and the importance of wearing sunscreen. I personally find it confusing because on one side I don’t want to get burnt, I don’t want skin cancer and I don’t wrinkles. But on the other hand I lack Vitamin D and need to get that somewhere too?
Ultraviolet light is made up of different wavelengths, UVA rays penetrate deep into the cellular structure of the skin to form wrinkles and ageing, whilst UVB rays affect the surface layer of the skin resulting in sunburn. Make sure when your choosing your sunscreen it has both UVA and UVB filters.
SPF10 blocks 90% of UVB
SPF15 blocks 92% of UVB
SPF30 blocks 97% of UVB.
The safest sunblock ingredient is Silica-coated micronized zinc because it doesn’t break down and become absorbed into our systems like the old zinc (ah, Yuk) instead it reflects UV light away from our skin.
Also look for sunscreens containing antioxidants like vitamin C and E as they attack those free radicals that form as a result of the UV light that does get through your sunscreen, because although they do a good job no sunscreen is a 100% UV block out.
Getting vitamin D doesn’t have to be hard. Before 10am and after 3pm when the sun is not so harsh is a great time to spend 10 minutes a day soaking up some D. Some other ways vitamin D can be absorbed is through your diet from dairy products to tuna, salmon and daily supplements.
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SUNSCREEN
· Reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours
· All skin types benefit from sunscreen so make sure you apply whether your pale or dark skinned
· Don’t forget to apply sunscreen everywhere! No one wants to get wrinkles on their face but what about skin cancer on your ear?