Worldwide, outdoor activities and recreational sports have seen an increase. Locally, South Africans as a whole have always enjoyed the outdoors whether that be hiking, swimming, kayaking and a range of sports such as rugby and soccer to name a few. Although these activities might be beneficial to our health, incidences of skin cancer have also risen. Taking into consideration the often-harsh African climate, it is imperative that we protect one of our most valuable assets and largest organ of the body: our skin.
There are some excellent suncare products on the market, here are a few recommendations.
QMS Cellular Sun Protection SPF 50+
Cellular Sun Protection SPF 50+ is a lightweight formulation with balanced UVA/UVB protection and a DNA-Repair Complex that provides protection against sunburn and premature light-induced skin ageing. The DNA of the skin cells are protected and the skin’s DNA repair mechanisms are activated.
Team Dr Joseph – Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream – SPF30
A revolutionary skin photo-protector. With highly innovative UVA & UVB filters, this sun cream can be used throughout winter and summer to prevent pigmentation and sun damage to the skin. Its light and non-greasy texture add extra moisture to your complexion.
The World Health Organisation suggests following a few simple precautions to ensure your skin protection is optimised:
- Limit time in the midday sun
The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. To the extent possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.
- Use shade wisely
Seek shade when UV rays are the most intense, but keep in mind that shade structures such as trees, umbrellas or canopies do not offer complete sun protection. Remember the shadow rule: “Watch your shadow – Short shadow, seek shade!”
- Wear protective clothing
A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for your eyes, ears, face, the back and neck. Sunglasses that provide 99 to 100 per cent UV-A and UV-B protection will greatly reduce eye damage from sun exposure. Tightly woven, loose-fitting clothes will provide additional protection from the sun.
- Use sunscreen
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15+ liberally and re-apply every two hours, or after working, swimming, playing or exercising outdoors.
- Avoid sunlamps and tanning parlours
Sunbeds damage the skin and unprotected eyes and are best avoided entirely.