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).

All About Lips

They can be big or small, they are used for eating and they help us communicate our feelings with our chomas, but have you ever thought of how to take care of your lips? Here are some interesting lip-facts and tips to say on how to keep them soft and ‘poutiful’.

Your lips can help choose your mate

There are some studies that claim that kissing plays a role in selecting a partner. Kissing brings possible partners close enough. Through kissing, the person may be subconsciously measuring a potential partner through smell or taste and thus picking up biological signs for compatibility or general health.

There is a name for that fleshy bump in the middle of your lip

There are a few names the fleshy bump has, namely labial tubercle, tuberculum labii superioris or procheilion.

Lips can become paralyzed

Some people may experience a paralysis of the facial nerve causing the muscles of the face to weaken, this is known as Bell’s palsy. This condition can make you have trouble smiling or even frowning. It’s caused by damage to the facial nerves. However, with time, people with Bell’s palsy normally recover.

The older you get, the thinner your lips get

Your lips contain collagen, which helps give shape to your lips. Collagen is a protein which is found in our muscles, bones and skin. Think of it as a glue that holds the body together and gives elasticity and strength to your lips.

As you get older, the production of collagen will naturally slow down. You start to lose your plumpness and then you develop wrinkles. This is because your body has slowed down in producing collagen. If you smoke, eat lots of sugar or expose your skin to the sun without any protection, then this will quicken the process of getting wrinkles or sagging skin. So, a few ways to preserve the plumpness of your lips is to protect them from the skin by wearing lipstick or lip balm with sunscreen and to quit smoking.

Your lips don’t sweat

Your lips don’t sweat simply because they don’t have sweat glands. One of the sweat glands’ jobs is to keep your skin moisturized. This means your lips will tend to get dry quicker than other parts of your body.

How to take better care of your lips

Drink lots of water

Try and carry a water bottle with you, wherever you go so that drinking water can be easier to do. This will keep your skin and lips hydrated.

Stop licking your lips

Licking your lips damages its protective barrier and can dry out the lips. When your lips feel dry, rather apply lip balm (with sunscreen) regularly instead of licking them.

Matte may make lips miserable

I understand that the matte look makes lips look edgy but they can dry your lips. I’m not saying stop using matte lipstick, but use it once in a while chomas. When your lips are extremely chapped, that’s when you should hardly apply any matte lipstick as that could dry your lips even further. Rather try out some light gloss as that could help reduce the appearance of fine lines around your lip area.

Exfoliate with a lip scrub

Shed the dead skin cells on the top layers of your lips by exfoliating with a lip scrub. This will help re-generate the growth of new cells. Get a course lip scrub and gently rub it on your lips. This will remove any dead skin. Rinse off the remaining scrub for smoother lips.

The best way to properly apply lipstick

  • Apply lip balm (with sunscreen).
  • Dot your lip with lip balm to smooth them and reduce the cracks.
  • Use a lip liner.
  • Apply lipstick by starting at the centre of the upper lip and moving outward toward one corner.
  • Blot your lips.

Always make sure you choose a colour that matches your lips and not your lipstick.

Now that we are approaching winter, these tips will be very beneficial to you. So pucker up, your lips will thank you! Do you have any other tips? Put them in the comment section below.  

Biggest skin mistakes – EVER

You may not want to admit it, chomas, but you know you could be better at taking care of your skin. It’s time to stop the abuse and start fessing up to your biggest skin mistakes now!

You’ll need to rethink your bad habits when it comes to your skin if you’ve guilty of:

  • Washing your face with harsh soap: You need to choose a cleanser that will suit your skin type. Oily skin needs a light gel formulated cleanser to control your skin’s oil production. For dry skin, go for a product that moisturises while cleansing. Think cleansing cream or cleansing milk. But don’t use plain old soap. Soap is harsh on your face and tends to dry it out more than anything.
  • Going to bed with your make-up on: Don’t! No matter how tired you are or how late it is, take off your make-up. Daily skin cleansing is important morning and night.
  • Popping your pimples: It’s difficult not to want to pop those ugly pimples but you’re better off if you resist the urge. Popping your pimples can make them look redder and bigger than before. You can spread the pimple-causing bacteria to other areas of your face resulting in even more breakouts. There is also the risk of leaving marks or scars on your face and you certainly don’t want that.
  • Using a dirty phone: Yes, your cellphone could be causing your breakouts. Be sure to wipe down your cellphone with an anti-bacterial wet wipe to keep it clean. While you’re at it make sure your pillowcases are clean and please use clean towels on your face.
  • Skipping the Zzzs, H2O and sunscreen: Not getting your nightly dose of beauty sleep and not drinking enough water can leave your skin looking old before its time. Make sure you get a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor or SPF of 15 or higher. The SPF is a measure of how well the sunscreen will protect against sunburn. Don’t leave home without it and apply every two hours if you are going to be outdoors.

Put an end to your biggest skin mistakes today and your skin will thank you for it later.

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?