The sun is essential to life on earth and yet for its many benefits, it also has harmful effects. This makes it important for you and your family to use sun protection products that have a high index factor. In small doses, the sun has a beneficial impact on our skin, but when we have overly exposed the results can be dangerous.
Here at Chemist Direct we care for your family’s health, happiness, and well-being. Whether you are out on a family holiday, spending a weekend on the sunny beach, or rock climbing with a group of friends, we want to make sure that you are safe and able to enjoy the benefits of the sun without having to worry too much about the harmful effects on your skin’s health.
Small doses of the sun can have beneficial side effects:
Feeling SAD? SAD, seasonal affective disorder, is usually caused by a lack of exposure to sunlight and generally hits individuals during the winter months when there is little sunlight. The sun is an excellent remedy for certain forms of seasonal depression.
Need more Vitamin D? A lack of Vitamin D is known to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cause cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, as well as cancer. Vitamin D has been rightly called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because it is produced by the body in response to sunlight. Vitamin D is also essential for strong bones because it helps the body to use calcium from the diet. To enjoy the benefits of the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, 15 minutes of sun exposure per day should suffice.
Strong doses of the sun can have very dangerous side effects:
- Pigmentation disorders like spots, melasma (pregnancy mask), or vitiligo
- Sunburn, also called sun erythema
- Photodermatitis, such as benign summer light eruption (which affects 10% of the adult population) and acne, as well as rarer types of photodermatitis like lupus and light-induced urticaria
- Photo-immunosuppression (herpes labialis)
Strong doses of the sun can also have long term effects like:
- Photocarcinogenesis (skin cancer)
- Accelerated skin ageing, which is indicated by the appearance of spots, a yellowish complexion, deep wrinkles, and loss of skin density and elasticity.
What makes the sun harmful?
In spite of all the goodness that the sun brings, it can be extremely harmful if we are not careful. UVB and UVA rays are the prime culprits for the harmful effects that the sun has on skin. UVB rays stimulate tanning and are also the main cause of sunburn. UVA rays, on the other hand, are more of asilent striker and cause no pain, but penetrate more deeply into the skin. UVA rays accelerate the process of skin ageing and can cause sun intolerance, which is commonly referred to as sun allergies and pigmentation disorders (melasma, spots). Both UVB and UVA radiation cause alterations at the core of our cells and damages their DNA. Should the invisible damage be repeated, in the long term itcould lead to the development of skin cancer.
One of the biggest risk factors of excessive exposure to the sun is skin cancer, which mostly affects those with light skin or fat rich diets. Melanoma, an extremely aggressive skin cancer that is deadly in 20% of the cases, has been strongly connected to the repeated burning of the skin. Each time your skin gets burned, healthy, live tissue gets destroyed, and repeated burnings can cause irreversible changes. The sun’s radiation also has an accumulative effect that is manifested through malign tumours which appear after the age of 50. Repeated burning of the skin and intensive tanning also work gradually to destroy the elastic proteins of the skin and its fatty glands. This leads to the appearance of wrinkles and premature ageing of the skin.
La Roche-Posay for your family’s sun protection
Protection from the sun is paramount for sensitive skin. La Roche-Posay sun protecting products are dermatological sun creams and lotions that filter harmful UVB and UVA rays. La Roche-Posay sun protecting products are for sensitive or allergy-prone skin. These sun protection creams and lotions have been made with refreshing thermal water and will protect your skin while you are in the sun. At Chemist Direct you can find the complete range of sun protecting products from La Roche-Posay that are sure to make your summer a refreshing and enjoyable affair. We want your summer holidays and times in the sun to be enjoyable and free from any skin irritations or allergies. Studies have shown that most women have sun-sensitive skin that causes redness, burning sensations, and vulnerability to sunburns, spots, or itching. With these products you can end the discomfort that your skin feels during the summer and enjoy the sun with peace of mind.
Tips for avoiding harmful effects from the sun like a pro!
When planning for a trip into the great outdoors, keep in mind that there are several rules that you should follow when you are spending time in the sun. Always remember that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure! Here are some rules to follow in the sun:
- Avoid going outdoors during peak sunlight hours.
- Seek out the shade.
- Protect yourself and your children by wearing a hat, UV-filtering sunglasses, and a tee shirt.
- Not all clothing will give you the same level of protection. The effectiveness of the material usually depends on the nature of the fabric. Manufactures have developed specific anti-UV clothing using different techniques: very tightly woven fibres or fabrics treated with sun filters. Choose the appropriate sun protection level for your skin type.
- Use your sun protection product in sufficient quantities right before exposure to the sun. Two coats are better than one. Don’t forget your ears, the nape of your neck, and your feet.
- Re-apply your sun protection product generously and frequently every two hours, especially after swimming, perspiring, or towelling off.
- Eat more Vitamin C and Vitamin E rich foods when on a sunny vacation. Certain natural molecules such as carotenoids contribute to photoprotection. They do not replace good sun protection, but they will help give your skin extra protection from the harmful side effects of the sun.
- Do not expose children under the age of 3 years to direct sunlight.