Should you wear sunscreen?

Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months to avoid sunburn and damage, but did you know that sunscreen should be worn all year round? Here’s why.

It protects your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays

Sunscreen blocks UV rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn. A good idea is to apply a moisturizer (one that has an SPF ranging from 15 to 30) each morning in combination with a sunscreen that you apply regularly throughout the day.

It lowers your skin cancer risk

The most important reason you should wear sunscreen is to lower your skin cancer risk. Daily SPF use, even in rainy or colder weather can help protect your skin from harmful rays that cause cancer.

It prevents premature aging and dark spots

UV rays age our skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. They also damage pigment-producing cells, which can cause discolouration and dark spots (hyper-pigmentation). The daily use of sunscreen can prevent this and help you to enjoy smooth, youthful and even skin for longer.

Brands to consider

Everysun SPF 50 

Everysun family sunscreen lotion SPF50 is specially made with VitaLock – an advanced complex of antioxidants, vitamins, and UVA and UVB filters. It has a light, non-greasy formula that’s also waterproof. 

100ml costs R130 at Clicks 

 

Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion

This lotion offers reliable UVA/UVB protection and long-lasting moisturisation that’ll make your skin feel soft and hydrated. The water-resistant formula prevents damage from UV rays on the skin.

R 190.00 at Clicks

Spending time outside is healthy and can help us get the vitamin D we need, but too much unprotected time in the sun can harm your skin health. Using sunscreen every day can help protect you from skin cancer and skin changes.

Remember there are additional ways to protect yourself from the sun, like wearing hats, sunglasses, staying hydrated, carrying an umbrella, and chilling in the shade. No matter your skin tone, adding sunscreen to your daily routine is a must.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

5 Ways To Protect Yourself Against The Sun

It’s summer and you are out there with your shades ready to swim with your chomas. You may have heard that people with darker skin are less likely to get sunburn or skin cancer because darker skin has some protection against the sun’s rays. Yes, having darker skin does mean that your skin has more protection from the sun that people with lighter skin, but this doesn’t mean that your skin can’t be damaged by the sun at all. No matter what the colour of your skin, you still need to protect it.

Here is how you can avoid the harmful effects of the sun.

Wear sunscreen

Apply sunscreen on your skin as often as possible – every day if possible. Make it a habit, like taking a bath or brushing your teeth. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher (but if you’re going to be outdoors for a long time, use a water-resistant one that’s 30 or higher). SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet rays which cause skin damage, like sunburn. The amount of SPF sunscreen has is usually written on the outside of the bottle.  Sunscreen helps protect the ultraviolet rays from going deep into your skin when you are in the sun. Re-apply your sunscreen every couple of hours. Rubbing or sweating can cause the sunscreen to rub off.

Moisturize your lips

Make sure you don’t neglect your lips when it comes to the sun. Your lips can get sunburnt too if they are not protected. So, always keep your lips moisturized by applying a lip balm protection every hour.

Avoid the sun from 10 am to 3pm

Try and stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm, if you can. This is when the ultraviolet rays (which causes sunburn) are strongest.

Cover up

I know it’s hard to do this when it’s so hot outside, but when you do go outdoors, wear protective clothing – especially if you are going to be outside between 10am and 3pm. Hats or caps, long sleeved tops and khakis or denim jeans will help protect your body against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Also remember to always wear sunglasses because your eyes can be damaged by the sun too.

Self-examination

You can do a ‘skin check’ once a month. Check for any changes to your skin – such as burnt skin – or for moles. Get a choma to look at your back and other hard-to-see areas.

Enjoy the summer but just remember that it is important that you protect your skin against the sun to avoid getting sunburn or even skin cancer. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, right chomas?