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Skin cancer, including melanoma and non-melanoma types, stands as the most prevalent form of cancer, especially in sun-drenched regions like Australia and New Zealand. The primary culprit behind these cancers is exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, fear not! By adopting effective sun protection measures, you can significantly lower your risk of skin cancer while still savouring the joys of outdoor activities.

The sun, while a source of concern for skin health, also plays a crucial role in our well-being. Our skin naturally synthesises vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, a process essential for enhancing our mental and physical health. Vitamin D boosts our immune system and elevates mood by increasing serotonin levels. Despite these benefits, overexposure to the sun carries significant risks, prompting many health experts to advise getting your vitamin D from dietary sources or supplements. Stay tuned as we explore how to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from these UV challenges.

  • Include Sunscreen as Part of Skin Care Routine

Sunscreen, essential for skin protection, is rated by Sun Protection Factor (SPF). A higher SPF offers more defence against ultraviolet (UV) rays. Broad-spectrum sunscreens, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays, are crucial. UVA rays lead to ageing and cancer, while UVB causes sunburn. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 daily, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Sunscreens have a three-year shelf life, reduced by high temperatures. Makeup or lip balms with SPF less than 15 are insufficient for protection and should not replace sunscreen.

Mayerling’s tinted Anti-Ageing Moisturising Cream with SPF 30+ is the best sunscreen for women aiming to slow down ageing. Packed with Vitamin B3, Kakadu plum seed oil, peptides, olive oil, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid, it not only shields skin from harmful sun rays but also masterfully conceals imperfections. This all-in-one formula hydrates, nourishes, and targets ageing signs making it a skincare staple for every skin type. Elevate your routine with Mayerling’s Forte Day and Night Creams and Eye Cream for comprehensive care.

  • Reapplication is a Must

Effective sunscreen application is essential for optimal skin protection against harmful UV rays. For best results, generously apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, allowing your skin ample time to absorb it. After application, wait 10 to 20 minutes to ensure the sunscreen sets properly, reducing the risk of it being rubbed off. It’s important to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently during activities like swimming, to maintain effective protection. 

The “teaspoon rule” is a useful guideline to ensure adequate coverage: one teaspoon each for your face and neck, and each arm, two teaspoons for the front and back of your torso, and two teaspoons for each leg. This approach helps in ensuring all exposed areas are adequately covered, significantly reducing the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage.

  • Dress Smart to Beat the UV Rays

To safeguard against harmful UV rays, selecting appropriate clothing is essential. Thicker fabrics, such as denim, provide better protection than thinner materials like cotton. Additionally, darker colours tend to absorb UV rays more effectively, further reducing exposure. It’s also noteworthy that dry fabrics are generally more protective than wet ones, as wetness can decrease a fabric’s UV-blocking ability.

In the realm of specialised attire, numerous clothing brands offer lightweight, yet protective tops and bottoms designed specifically to shield from UV radiation. These garments are often marked with a UV Protection Factor (UPF) rating. A higher UPF rating indicates a greater level of UV ray blockage, enhancing your defence against potential skin damage. When selecting sun-protective clothing, consider these factors for optimal UV ray mitigation.

  • Shade with Safety

Safeguarding your eyes against the sun’s harmful rays is crucial, and sunglasses are a key tool in this defence. The skin around your eyes is particularly sensitive and susceptible to damage from UV radiation. Therefore, it’s essential to choose sunglasses not just for their style, but for their protective capabilities as well. It’s a common misconception that the darkness of the lens is an indicator of protection. 

However, the colour of the lenses doesn’t necessarily correlate with their ability to shield your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. To ensure maximum protection, opt for sunglasses that are specifically labelled as blocking 99% or 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. This ensures that your eyes are shielded from the broad spectrum of harmful ultraviolet light, reducing the risk of eye damage and related skin issues around the eye area.

Superior Sun Protection from the Authority in Premier Skincare

Mayerling’s sun protection stands out for its scientifically backed, high-quality ingredients. Not just a barrier against harmful UV rays, their products are infused with nutrients that enhance skins resilience and prevent premature ageing. Their commitment to innovation ensures maximum sun defence and nourishing care for your skin’s health and vitality.

Embrace Mayerling for a sun protection experience that transcends the ordinary. Opt for Mayerling’s unparalleled quality and give your skin the best defence against the sun. Trust Mayerling for superior sun protection and nourish your skin with every application. Your skin deserves the finest care, and Mayerling provides just that. Click here to check our wide range of cosmeceutical essentials or give us a call on 02 9909 0935 for other enquiries.