We are all looking forward to being out and about these holidays. But be careful – the summer sun can damage your skin. Here’s how to protect yourself. Dermatologist Lourette Du Toit warns how skin cancer is common now. “The sun can be harmful to the skin in terms of too much exposure to UV Rays, and this can result in sunburn, pigmentation and long term results such as skin age3ing. It gets dangerous when the skin gets overly exposed to the sun without protection. This can result in extreme cases like skin cancer,” she says. Use these tips: Apply sunscreen You should apply sunscreen daily and re-apply during the day in case you are in direct contact with sunlight or water. Ensure your sunscreen is Spf50+ and broad spectrum. Rinse skin after swimming This is especially important when you’ve been swimming in chlorinated water as it can dry out your skin or even result in an allergic reaction. Wear a hat Always wear protective clothing, especially big sun hats when outside. Stay out of the sun between the 10am and 3pm as it’s the hottest part of the day during the summer. Avoid spraying perfume on your skin in the sun The psoralen in perfume (especially in citrus perfumes) can permanently stain your skin when they react with the sun. During the summertime, it is recommended that you spritz your clothes with your fragrance rather than your skin. Hydrate Water keeps you hydrated and moisturises your skin.
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