There is now scientific proof that sunscreen can make you look younger. A new study has shown that daily use of SPF 15 or more prevents skin aging. Not only that, experts say that there are also lifesaving benefits.
A world first study involving 900 people showed that those who did not use sunscreen daily showed severed photo-aging and deep course wrinkles.
When studies began in the 90s, SPF 15 was the highest protection. But the Cancer Council says that frequent use of more than SPF30+ is the preferred option. Below are just a few great examples of reliable Sunscreens:
SLOP on Sunscreen the Correct way
Most of us apply too little sunscreen for full sun protection. There are heaps of different types of sunscreens on the market but the same rule applies to all of them.
HOW TO APPLY SUNSCREEN CORRECTLY?
Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going into the sun. Just over 1 teaspoon, that's about 6mLs, for each leg, for the front of the body and the back of the body. And more than 1/2 teaspoon, about 3mLs, for each arm, and for the face and neck including the ears. That comes to about 35mL for a full body application. Make sure to reapply every 2 hours or more frequently if you have been swimming or sweating.
Watch this video to see how to apply your sunscreen on correctly.
Other ways to protect your skin
It's essential to combine sunscreen application with other sun protection methods. So if you want to go out into the sun, it's SLIP on a shirt, SLOP on sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SEEK shade, and SLIDE on sunglasses.
SLIDE on Sunnies
Most Aussies remember to slide on their sunnies when out in the sun. But how can you know that what you’re getting is giving you the best protection? There are heaps of types of sunnies out on the market but you only need to remember a couple of simple points when buying a pair.
Since eye damage from UV radiation builds up over time, it is important to protect the eyes of children which are particularly sensitive. Toy sunglasses won't do the trick. Proper sunglasses designed for babies and toddlers have soft elastic to keep them in place.
SLAP on a Hat
A good hat would protect your face, head, ears and neck and can reduce UV radiation to the eyes by 50%. Broad brimmed and bucket hats provide the best sun protection. Legionnaire hats also provide good sun protection. Baseball caps do not provide protection to the face, head, ears or neck. So don't rely on these for sun protection.
Pick a broad brimmed had with a rim of at least 7.5cm. For a better sun protection, a tighter fabric structure is best. A fabric with UPF 15 offers good protection whilst UPF 50 provides excellent protection. If you are wearing a bike helmet or hard hat, always consider a brim attachment or legionnaire neck cover.
SLIP on a Shirt
One of the best barriers between your skin and the sun is clothing, long pants and shirts with a collar and long sleeves and some of the most effective options, especially in darker colours. Look for a swing tag with a high UPF to ensure you're protected.
Remember to always protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays this summer when outside, even on a cloudy day.
Visit Your Chemist Shop for the full range and great deals on the Nivea Sunscreen range. Prices range for $10-$20.