Sun, Sea and Skincare by Solvaderm
A day at the beach can be great fun! Deck chairs, ices and volleyball are just a few things that make for a spectacular summer outing. However while splashing around on the seashore or soaking up the sun on the sand, it is important to remember to take care of your skin. For many of us, these days wearing a broad spectrum SPF on a daily basis is a habit we have become accustomed to, yet we can find that our visits to the beach result in sunburn and longer term damage if we don't take the correct precautions.
Solvaderm have the do's and don'ts to follow when at the beach or poolside during the summer to keep your skin safe, whether you are tanning or just hanging out.
Stop using products that contain AHA’s
If you plan on being out in the sun for any extended period of time. Alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic and lactic acid expose newer skin which has not yet developed melanin for protection, so that even those with sallow skins can burn. It is recommended that you stop using AHA’s at least a week before going into the sun and wear a higher SPF than usual following their usage.
Remember that it’s not just hot sun that does damage.
Many people get confused about the difference between UVA and UVB rays. Essentially UVB rays are the ones which cause the skin to burn and while that can cause some damage to the epidermis, it is the effects of UVA rays that you can’t see or feel on the skin that cause long term damage such as hyperpigmentation. This is why a broad spectrum SPF is necessary for everyone, not just children, to protect the skin.
This is not only the case when you are in it, it is also happens when you are beside it due to the sun’s rays being reflected off the water’s surface. Ensure that you have an adequate level of sun protection and that you reapply it frequently, the FDA recommends every 40 minutes, particularly if in and out of the water.
Just rely on sunscreen to protect you in very hot sun.
A hat, sunglasses that offer UVA protection and a sarong will ensure that areas not covered by sunscreen will stay protected. Sunstroke and heatstroke often occur on those with unprotected heads. Even if you have a thick head of hair a hat can keep the sun’s rays from causing dehydration and damage. For those with thinning or no hair, wearing sunscreen on the head and the top of the ears even with a hat is imperative.
A good after sun moisturizer is also a must and should be applied both morning and evening following sun exposure. Those containing Aloe Vera are particularly soothing to skin that is any way irritated. Solvaderm want to ensure that you enjoy your time in the sun and there is no reason why you can’t tan safely as long as you take the right precautions and look after your skin.