Too much time spent in the sun can cause pigmentation or premature ageing and sometimes even skin cancer.
What are some of the risks?
• Skin cancer cases have doubled in the last 20 years.
• Over 69,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.
• More than 2,000 people sadly die from skin cancer each year.
• Skin cancer can affect people of all ages.
• Doctor’s believe that many cases of skin cancer could be prevented by reducing the exposure time.
• Don’t ever burn!
• Sunburn will cause permanent sun damage. The burning will heal but the effects can re-appear in later life and present themselves as skin cancer.
• If you have a tan now , then you have damaged skin already, it doesn’t give you more protection.
• Malignant melanomas (skin cancer) are caused by short, sharp and excessive exposure that causes sunburn including sunbeds.
By choosing the correct sun protection and products it can help to diffuse pigmentation and the signs of ageing.
What is an SPF?
SPF is Sun Protection Factor. This is the level of protection from the sun e.g.. Therefore, if you usually burn in 5 minutes, an SPF 15 will provide you with 75 minutes protection from one application and should be re-applied after 75 minutes. So, if you usually burn in 5 minutes, an SPF 15 will provide 75 minutes protection from one application and should be re-applied after 75 minutes.
What is the difference between UVA, UVB and UVC?
UVA aging rays are responsible for the formation of free radical and phyto-allergic reactions.
UVB burning rays will penetrate deep into the skin cells of the epidermis and are the main cause of sunburn and the development of skin cancer.
UVC cancer rays are absorbed by the stratosphere and never reach the earth’s surface. With the damage to the ozone layer however, this barrier may break down allowing the cancer causing UVC ray to reach the earth’s surface.
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