That healthy tan might not be so healthy after all…
We love a bit of sunshine in Australia. Most people know too much sun can cause skin cancer (not to mention painful sunburn). But what if we told you stepping out for some Vitamin D is actually aging your skin way faster?
Here’s some common-sense wisdom you’ll learn in our Beauty Therapy course:
- Re-apply sunscreen regularly
- Yes, even if you’re young
- Don’t skimp on SPF
Sun damage is the leading cause of premature skin aging
Australian women are aging 20 years faster than ladies in the USA and Europe, thanks in part to the amount of time we spend in the sun. It’s not just beach trips with the girls that count – think about all the time you spend outside on a normal day.
We’re blessed to have clear skies and loads of sunny days all year, but good weather comes at a cost. Young girls and teenagers under 18 are especially susceptible to the aging effects of the sun, although we’re all taught to slip, slop, slap from a young age.
Thankfully it’s not a hopeless cause.
Tips from a Beauty Therapy trainer
Use broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen
There are actually two types of UV rays, UVA (long-range responsible for aging skin) and UVB (shorter wave). Some sunscreens protect well against UVB but don’t stop UVA rays from doing longer term damage. UVA can also still find you through windows and clouds so don’t be fooled!
Do your SPF maths
SPF (sun protection factor) is linked to those UVB rays we talked about. If you skimp on sunscreen, the SPF drops dramatically. Half the amount of sunscreen means it takes half as long for UVB rays to redden your skin.
Re-apply on the reg
There’s a handy recipe for sunscreen:
- Use 7 teaspoons total
- 1 teaspoon for the face, neck and décolletage – and don’t forget your ears
- 1 teaspoon for each arm and 1 for each leg (4 total)
- 2 more teaspoons for the torso (1 each front and back)
- Re-apply every 2 hours
And we’re only talking about your daily dose. When you go to the beach, a music festival, on a bushwalk or anywhere else you’re going to be exposed to the sun for longer than a few minutes you’ll need to at least double the amount above.
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