Fun under the Sun
The Golden rules for enjoying the sun without the fear of damaging your skin…
Summer season is fast approaching, and the need to protect our skin should be the focus of our beauty regimen. Summertime in Dubai is as hot as a furnace, so, taking care of the skin gets more challenging. The sweat, humidity and constant exposure to airconditioning, leads to dull, worn out and sensitive skin that is susceptible to breakouts. Eucerin®, the dermo-cosmetics sun protection expert, lays the foundation for enjoying the sun with in-depth UV protection all year long, tailor-made for sensitive skin and its individual needs. Eucerin, shares with us ten GOLDEN RULES for enjoying the sun, and let us know what is important before and during our time in the sun, especially for our facial skin.
ENJOY THE SUN
The sun’s rays activate and stimulate a lot of the body’s important mechanisms. UV radiation causes the body to create vitamin D, which regulates the calcium level, promotes bone growth, strengthens the immune system and supports the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. But: We only need a small dose of sunlight to receive these positive effects from the sun for our body´s mechanisms.
RESPECT THE RISKS
The natural protective mechanisms against UV rays only work for a very short time in the sun. Without protection, you risk sunburn. Remember: cloud cover and even window glass only protect us from part of the sun’s radiation.
Face and décolleté are the most UV exposed skin areas. To protect them with a daily sunscreen routine is a worthwhile investment in your future and keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.
CHOOSE HIGHER SPF
Nowadays, day care creams offer SPF 15 or higher. However, most dermatologists recommend using a high SPF 30 or even SPF 50+ for everyday use, especially if your skin is sensitive to the sun. That’s why it’s a good idea to integrate a high SPF sunscreen in your daily basis skin care regimen in addition to your regular daycare product. If your skin is sensitive to the sun or you have a lighter skin tone, always use an SPF 50+ product on your face.
USE FULL PROTECTION PRODUCTS
The sun protection factor (SPF) number only indicates how much protection the product offers from UVB radiation, which causes sunburn. To protect your skin from long-term skin damage, sunscreen products also must provide a shield against UVA radiation. Since 2006, Europe has followed the criteria laid down by Cosmetics Europe, formerly known as COLIPA (the industry’s umbrella organization) for the minimum efficacy of sunscreen products against UVB and UVA radiation. According to this standard, the UVA protection factor must equal about a third of the sun protection factor.
Find a sun protection product that you really like to use. The special Eucerin® Sun Face line won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky and combines well with other face care and makeup products. The lightweight formulas are easy to apply, fast absorbing and leave the skin with a matt finish. The products are available in different textures and all formulas contain active ingredients according to your skin’s individual needs.
The UV protection works instantly after applying Eucerin® Sun Protection products – there is no waiting time required. All of them can be combined with the other Eucerin® products – also under foundation. Start your day by cleansing your skin as a first step – from a scientific point of view you can apply the sunscreen before or after your regular daycare product. Either way, the sunscreen will protect your skin effectively.
One of the most common mistakes is to overlook parts of your body that should be protected. Eucerin® recommends as part of a daily routine for your face not to forget your ears, scalp, neck and the décolleté. Those are precisely the areas that are most exposed to sunlight, as are your hands.
Sun exposure is not permitted after microdermabrasion and laser treatments. Other situations can increase sensitivity to the sun’s rays as well, like taking the birth control pill, during pregnancy or during menopause. If you are taking medications, check the instructions to see if they increase photosensitivity. Generally, women with very fair skin types, red or light blonde hair and many freckles are most susceptible to the risk of sun damage.
The amount of the sunscreen you apply is crucial for the actual protection your skin gets. Eucerin® recommends the following rules for application: Adults need one line comprising the length from the tip of the middle finger to the base of the hand for the face. Another one for the décolleté and one for ears and neck. A sun hat or cap and sunglasses are a plus as well.