Protecting your precious skin. We are all aware that too much exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. I think with all the media campaigns that run over the summer time we are all very aware that we need to cover-up, wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage. But when the seasons change and we go from summer to autumn and winter, are we still thinking about sunburn and sun damage to our skin?
We tend to only think of putting sunscreen on in the summer heat, being more aware of how uncomfortable the burning sun’s rays can feel when we are out in the midday sun, it makes us reach for the sunscreen. But during autumn and winter the weather cools down considerably and we find it rather nice to be out in the sunshine, finding the warmth from the sun to be comforting and energising when it’s cold outside.
But the cooler months can lull us into a false sense of security and we tend not to think that the sun’s rays are doing us damage. If we are not necessarily aware or feeling the sunburn on our skin we are less likely to reach for the sunscreen and apply protection.
So we really need to be more aware of the power of the sun’s rays in damaging our skin no matter what the weather conditions. We need to consider that the sun at any time of year still has the potential to damage our skin. Leading to sunburn, premature aging, and sun damaged skin and unfortunately in some cases skin cancer.
I think for many places in the world during the winter months you tend to wear more clothing and the day light hours tend to be shorter so most of your body is covered in warm winter clothing but this is not necessarily so for places like the northern areas of Australia another tropical and sub-tropical climates.
Day time temperatures can still be quite warm and you can wear your summer clothing most of the year through. So in general think about the skin exposure you will have when you go outdoors and apply some sunscreen. It would usually be the backs of your hands, face and neck exposed to the sun most of the time that you spend outdoors.
The best rule of thumb is to make sure that you apply sun protection products to these exposed areas of your body at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors and even under your makeup before you go to work in the morning. Another good tip to remember is:
Save your skin with natural sunscreento cover your head whilst you are outdoors. How many of us are unaware that the skin on our heads burns. You don’t have to have a receding hair line to be extra cautious here. Even if you have a lovely full head of hair your scalp can still burn particularly along the part of your hairline. It is best to wear a hat outdoors to protect your scalp, face and neck.
But if you are participating in active sports or swimming it is a good idea to massage a little sunscreen into your scalp, and around the tips of your ears so that you don’t suffer any nasty sunburn surprise.I am a great believer in wearing sunscreen all the time even under my makeup.
It is one of the best preventatives against premature aging of the skin and I just can’t recommend wearing it highly enough from this point of view as well as saving you from potential skin cancer. I am also a great advocate of all things organic and natural and think that we should all chose organic and natural sun screen alternatives with high SPF protection for the protection of our general wellbeing and health. Chemical exposure to some common sunscreens can have serious adverse effects on your health.