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Why sun exposure is dangerous

Ultra Violet light emitted from sun light is vital for our existence. Because of various environmental factors (e.g. the depletion of the ozone layer by CFC’s) our atmosphere cannot filter out enough of the dangerous Ultra Violet wavelengths emitted from the sun.  It is this Ultra Violet light that causes sunburn and skin cancer.

Ultra Violet Light (UV) is made up of UVA, UVB, and UVC.

UVA has long wavelengths but low energy and so penetrates deepest into our skin.  Because of the low energy UVA causes our skin to feels warm and prolonged exposure to UVA will cause our skin to tan but not burn.  UVA is directly linked to the formation of skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

There is no such thing as a healthy tan – if you have tanned, you have damaged your skin.  Tanning beds expose the skin to higher doses of UVA than normal sun exposure and is therefore a major contributor to premature skin ageing and skin cancer.

You cannot repair the damage done by UVA exposure as it’s cumulative over your lifetime, starting at birth.

UVB has shorter wavelengths than UVA.  This means that it has more of a surface action as it does not penetrate as deeply into the skin as UVA.  UVB has more energy and causes the skin to become irritated and sun burnt and can lead to sunstroke.  Because UVB causes immediate discomfort we tend to be proactive in protecting our skin against UVB exposure.

UVC has the shortest wavelengths and the most energy.  Luckily our atmosphere filters it out completely as it has very little penetration power.

How to protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight

Avoid sun exposure between 10h00 and 15h00

Wear a wide brimmed hat that is thick enough to prevent UV light penetration

Only wear UV400 rated sunglasses.  Cheap non-UV400 sunglasses will damage your eyes more that if you wore no sunglasses and wear wrap-around sunglasses where possible.

Where possible wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and use full body bathing costumes for children.

Educating children on the dangers of sun exposure is critical as most sun damage occurs before the age of 18 and avoid exposing babies less than a year old to direct sunlight.

Apply broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) ±30 minutes before going into the sun.   Apply liberally being cautious not to miss out spots.  Re-apply sunscreen every 4 hours (depending on the SPF and water resistance) and after swimming, excessive perspiration and after towel drying

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Bioderma AKN MAT Cream SPF 40 BD8 R0.00 The sebo-regulating Fluidactiv® complex*, a BIODERMA innovation, improves sebum quality and helps to keep the skin clear and healthy. Young oily problem skin

Bioderma Cicabio SPF 50 30ml BD44 R0.00 2-in-1 treatment that repairs and protects damaged skin against exposure to the sun to limit scarring

Bioderma Max Kids Milk | 100ml BD15 R0.00 Maximum UVA/UVB efficacy. Maximum photoprotection suitable for children’s fragile skin. Fragrance free Water resistant.

Bioderma Photoderm Compact SPF 50 BD6 R0.00 Compact for sensitive skin. Soft and easy to apply. Texture unifies the complexion and leaves a powdery finish with a healthy glow Gold and light tints available

Bioderma Photoderm Max Fluid SPF 50 BD1 R0.00 Ultra-light texture leaves skin feeling soft Colourless when applied leaving no oily film or white marks Non-comedogenic protection for oily and acne prone skin Protection for skin intolerant to all types of sunshine, prevents sun intolerance reactions

Bioderma Photoderm Max Tinted Cream SPF 50 BD7 R0.00 Leaves the skin feeling comfortable and soft Spreads evenly leaving no oily film Minimises skin imperfections (Hyper- Hypopigmentation) and unifies the complexion. Non-comedogenic Available in light and golden colour.

Bioderma Photoderm Max Ultra Fluid SPF 50 | 40ml BD25 R0.00 Safely protects against sunburn and prevent sun intolerance. Assists in the fight against premature skin ageing. Available in light and golden tints.

Bioderma Photoderm Spray SPF 50 BD16 R0.00 Sun Spray for all skin types to use on the body and face Spray leaves no oily film or whit marks

Coverderm Filteray SPF 80 C1 R0.00 The ultimate safe, protective and high quality skin caring Sunscreens Extra-long protection for over 6 hours 100% waterproof SPF 80 protects against UVA &UVB & Infrared radiation Strong moisturising, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory action suitable to al

Dr Babor Derma Cellular Protective Cream SPF 50 | 50ml BB2 R0.00 Effective UVA & UVB protection for particularly sun sensitive skin, even after cosmetic surgery or chemical peels.

Dr Babor Detoxifying Vitamin Cream SPF 15 | 50ml BB1 R0.00 An anti-oxidant face cream with a high-dose of Vitamin Complex. Strengthens the skin immune defences and prevents environmentally induced ageing, while freeing tissues from toxins. For all stressed skin needing protection.

Epicure Day Cream SPF 30 | 125ml E1 R0.00 A light moisturising day cream with a SPF 30 sunblock. Approved by the SABS.

Epicure Sport Lotion SPF 30 | 100ml E3 R0.00 UVA & UVB Protection has been scientifically formulated to give your skin the protection it deserves. Water resistant, Non greasy, Fragrance free.

Eucerin Kids Sun Lotion EC37 R0.00 Very high UVA/UVB protection for the sensitive skin of children, with quick absorption and moisturiser.

Eucerin Sun Extra light lotion SPF 50 | 150ml EC2 R0.00 Strengthens and protects with a three dimensional system. For Normal/Dry Skin and also for use with Atopic Dermatits.

Eucerin Sun Face Cream | 50ml EC4 R0.00 Fast absorbing cream that strengthens skins own cell protection. For sensitive skin and skin with atopic dermatitis.

Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF 50 EC3 R0.00 Protects against acute and long term skin damage, strengthening the skin’s own cell protection and DNA repair mechanisms. Light fluid texture provides a non-shiny and non-sticky feel Combination to oily prone skin. After peeling/laser treatment

Eucerin Sun tinted Face cream SPF 50 50ml EC38 R0.00 A sun creme with a light tint for the face. Very high UV protection and cell protection. Provides an even, natural tanned-looking skin tome while protecting from the sun and preventing further darkening of pigment spots.

Heliocare 360 Airgel SPF 50+ | 60ml N52 R0.00 Suitable for normal skin as it melts quickly and leaves no greasy residue.

Heliocare Capsules N24 R0.00 Systemic protection Add to normal protection regime during times of High Exposure Contains Lutein that protects the eye from Macular Degeneration Safe to use for anyone that is immune compromised and children older than 4 Take one tablet 30 minutes be

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