We’ve had some wonderful summery days around Nottingham recently and it’s only April! Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. As a nation, we want to make the most out of our sunny weather but it can be as a consequence to the health of our skin.
We all know that we shouldn’t go out in the sun without wearing skin protection or without being covered up but many of us still choose to take the risk. So what are the risks?
Our skin is very sensitive to sunlight due to UV rays emitted by the sun this results in some damaging effects such as sun spots, premature ageing of the skin, skin burns and heightens the risk of developing skin cancer. Sun beds emit concentrated UV rays and also dangerous to your skin.
What can you do to stay safe?
Avoid strong rays
The best way is to avoid exposure to sunlight is to stay out of direct light especially during the hottest hours of the day between 11am and 2pm.
Sun cream and cover
If you do plan to be outside then remember to wear sun cream or stay covered up. Always choose a high factor sun cream even if you feel like you will be fine with a lower number. Remember to reapply, even if the bottle suggests that you don’t have to reapply regularly, there is no harm in doing so.
It is not just your skin which is at risk to sun exposure but also your eyesight. As children we’re told not to look directly at the sun and during the summer the glare can also cause damage to our eyes. When buying sunglasses it’s important to check for UV filters and polarised lenses which will offer the most protection.
If you do get burned by the sun make sure that proper aftercare is taken to help soothe and heal the damaged area. Apply moisturisers and after sun to the burn and don’t allow sun exposure to that part until it is fully healed.
I have sun spots what can I do?
Sunspots can occur on your body after prolonged exposure to the sun. They often appear to be freckle-like but can be very prominent if they are grouped together. Here at Luxe Cosmetic Clinic we provide Ellipse Laser treatment to reduce the visibility of these spots by breaking up the melanin pigment. If you are concerned about sun spots then you should get in touch with us for a free consultation.
Luxe Private Clinic, Clinical Director
Mr R . Thaxter - Luxe Private Clinic
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