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Factoring in the sun

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The sun is a gift, but be sure and protect your wonderful skin!

Over the last several months, we’ve discussed the need for skin care, how the skin functions and factors that influence how the skin ages and looks. As you will remember from our previous articles, a lot of our skin’s healthy beauty has to do with choices we make: 90% of skin ageing is due to external factors such as the sun, smoking, pollution, poor nutrition and improper skin care, and 80% of the secret behind healthy skin is proper skin care.

This month, we are going to discuss sun protection factor (SPF) and the benefit it offers during the sun’s longest days. Many people think that if they don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, go to the beach or lay in the sun, that it isn’t really necessary to use products that include an SPF. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just walking to the car, the bus stop, into a grocery store or picking the kids up from school is time enough to be exposed to summertime’s harsh UV rays.

Even though we naturally want to spend more time out of doors, many of us are not aware of the extra sun exposure we get during the summer. It’s warm outside, and bright. Daylight lasts longer and there are far more activities planned outside during the summer months than in winter. It’s also easy to get caught up in the fun and not realise how long we’ve been outside or how long ago it was since we put on our sunscreen – or that it is time to reapply. If you spend a lot of time outside, you should apply a skin care product with SPF30 at least 20 to 30 minutes before going out and then – depending on what you are doing (for instance, swimming) – reapply it every few hours.

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