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According to the Skin Health Institute, skin cancer caused by lack of sun protection is a major issue faced by Australians:
Let’s take a look at how you can take care of your skin during the summer, ranging from clothes you should wear to choosing the best sunscreen.
Australians engage in a wide variety of different behaviours to protect their skin from the sun. According to Cancer Council Australia, 38% of Australians double up with a hat and sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Many adolescents wear a longer leg cover with sunglasses. The most common sun protection behaviors among Australians include wearing sunglasses (about 61%) or using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (about 42%). More Australians tend to do one thing that protects against the sun.
Sun protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses are highly recommended if you are outdoors during the summer, but certain colors and fabrics can further mitigate sun damage to your skin. These include:
Sunscreen comes in a wide variety of different formats. Available sunscreen applications include gels, creams, sprays, and oils. When choosing a sunscreen, you want to select at least a minimum of SPF 30. A broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is better. If your outdoor activity involves swimming or water, consider using a water resistant that you can reapply after you are wet.
It is important to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays will cause your skin to age while UVB can cause sunburn. A higher SPF rating is important because it indicates the degree of sun protection that the sunscreen offers. SPF 30 will filter roughly 95% of UVB rays while SPF 50 will protect you against about 98% percent of UVB rays.
Water resistant sunscreen will provide some protection after you have been in the water. However, it is important to reapply it after you are done swimming and throughout your time outdoors because using a towel will rub some of it off. Water will also degrade the protective ability of the sunscreen over time.
Generally speaking, the time you can spend in the sun depends upon your skin type. A recent study can recommend some safe times you can spend in the sun based upon your skin type. Some general guidelines include:
In addition to skin cancer, there are other long-term risks associated with exposure to the sun. These can include:
Some of the effects of sun damage can be treated. UV rays can ultimately damage your tissue and this damage is irreversible. Dermal fillers can help with dry, rough looking skin. Anti-wrinkle treatments are also an option.
If you have sun damage, you might want to consider an initial consultation with Skin Essentials. Our consultation will help determine the right type of skin treatment to help you with your overall appearance. At the end of the day, wearing sunscreen, hats, and the right clothes will help protect your skin from sun damage. We also offer a line of sun protection and skin care products from Aspect Dr that can help. All of our sun protection products are SPF 50 and contain no harmful ingredients.
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Skin Essentials will reopen the week beginning 11th October 2021.
Per NSW government regulations, only double vaccinated patients will be served when we reopen and we will be checking vaccination certificates for all patients upon booking. This requirement may change as of December 1st, and we will advise you accordingly.
Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text us (0413174654) your vaccination certificate as soon after booking as you can. We will not be able to see anyone for treatments or confirm appointments without this.
In the interest of full disclosure, transparency and patient safety, all patient facing staff will be fully vaccinated by the time of reopening. Please read our reopening FAQ for more information.