Are you finding Sun a mixed blessing?
I LOVE the Sun! But it does my skin no favours, and I end up looking like a ‘dried prune’ if I am not careful.
As Cancer Survivors we have to be extra vigilant in protecting our skin. Yes, we need to get out in the sun and get its benefits whilst we can. We also need the Vitamin D the sun gives us. But this doesn’t mean that we should neglect our skin.
If we want to have smooth, fresh skin next winter, we need to be extra vigilant now. Beware not only of wind, heat and pollution but, most important, ‘wear and tear’ from drying out. And this can happen even if we are sheltered under an umbrella. Especially by the sea and next to white walls and concrete, be aware that the sun’s rays can be reflected off the surface, and the atmosphere is extra-dry, which does skin no favours.
Facing up to problems
Looking in the mirror, I noticed more lines around my eyes, and my skin looked sludgy. So it was time for repairs – and fast.
I have taken to using a strong night cream developed for older skns. This gives me an extra boost of hydration, my face has lost its ‘gritty’ feel and gone back to smooth plumpness.
For fine lines under the eyes, I pat on an eye cream such as Anthelios Eye cream, which not only smooths out nasty lines, but it also has the benefit of SPF50+, which has got to be good. Be aware of SPF content (sun protection factor) but this should be as high as possible. And at least SPF15 – but over SPF30 is best for the face, especially in summer.
he British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) currently runs a national campaign around skin cancer called Sun Awareness, which includes national Sun Awareness Week in May. This campaign is overseen by the BAD’s Skin Cancer Prevention Committee, comprised of leading medical professionals with expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and public health messaging.
is the British Association of Dermatologists‘ annual campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer. The campaign is two-pronged and combines prevention and detection advice.
- The first aim is to encourage people to regularly self-examine for skin cancer.
- The second is to teach people about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning,
- To discourage people from using sunbeds, in light of the associated risks of skin cancer.
In addition to public education about the dangers of sunbed use, the BAD has also been involved in campaigning for legislation to regulate the sunbed industry and is continuing to push towards further and improved regulation.
They are very helpful : www.bad.org.uk
Those Beauty Consultants behind the counters in posh stores – the ones with the perfect skins – all keep them that way by wearing a foundation with an SPF of at least 15 EVERY day (Winter as well), or they wear a sunscreen.
If you qualify for free prescriptions, certain of the French skincare company’s Anthelios range are approved by NICE, so you can get these for free. Not every doctor knows this, so you muat be persistent.
Remember – the hotter the sun, the more often you need to re-apply suncream. Don’t think one application in the morning will be enough. To keep your skin looking good, you need to re-apply sunscrean every hour to two hours during the middle of the day (usually 11 am – 4 pm). And even if the day is overcast, the sun’s rays are strong, so keep re-applying. Being on water, especially sea, can intensify rays, so slap on extra protection.
It makes economic sense to buy sun creams in the biggest size you can.
And remember by water, concrete and especially white walls, even if you are under a parasol or shelter, the sun’s rays are capable of relecting off these surfaces, so use more cream.
N.B Don’t forget to drink extra glasses of water every day, to keep your skin hydrated from inside and out.