Okay, although hard to hear, let’s start with the facts.
Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer. Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease, is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds and experts estimate that by 2024, Melanoma will become one of the most common forms of all major cancers (source: masced.uk). Scary, right?!
The thing is, with early detection of signs and symptoms over 86% of cases are preventable! This is why it was so important to us at The Beauty Lounge to take the Masced course so while looking after our clients skin we can detect early signs. Facials and skincare are not just about looking and feeling great – they are also about looking after our biggest organ!
Exposure to direct sunlight is one of the major causes of skin cancer, so of course there are precautions that you can take while still enjoying the sunshine…
Always wear an SPF
Who’s guilty of thinking “I’m not on holiday…I don’t need to wear sun cream?!” Well, the sun is the same here in England (even if we don’t see it very often!) It is vital that you wear sun protection every day, especially on your face. This is because the skin on your face is considerably thinner that on your body so needs extra protection. Picking the right sunscreen is very important -
You will be surprised to hear that there are studies in America and Australia that now suggest all of the commonly used Chemical sunscreens you pick up from your local chemists are in fact really quite harmful for our health and that the chemicals have been detected in unborn children!: https://www.treehugger.com/health/new-study-links-chemical-sunscreens-birth-defects.html.
We believe the best sun screen available on the market at the moment is AlumierMD. Over 100 years of research have gone into the brand’s products and their range of sun screens are specifically formulated to keep your skin safe - Alumier MD is 100% mineral physical and it is broad spectrum which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
These SPF’s use a mix of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, moisturizing vitamin E, with free-radical-quenching antioxidants, including a stable vitamin C, resveratrol, grape seed extract and glutathione.
There are six different types of Alumier sunscreens so we will be able to help you find the perfect one for your skin.
During July, as part of our Skincare Awareness Month we are offering £5 off all of our AlumierMD Sunscreens.
Sit in the shade
It sounds obvious but it makes a huge difference! If you love to sit in the sun, just make sure you limit your time and hop in and out of the shade as often as possible!
Wear a hat
Wearing a sun hat protects your face and also helps to keep you cool. The sun can cause headaches so this helps with that as well!
Drink plenty of water
This is vital for your skin all year round but particularly in the summer!
Eat the right foods
Certain foods are known to increase lycopene, the skin's own SPF. An antioxidant found in tomatoes, and other red and orange fruit and veg, it can boost your sun protection by a whopping 33%. One of the best sources is tomato puree.
Beware of reflections
Snow can intensify sun radiation by up to 85%, water by up to 17% and sand by up to 5%!
Avoid drinking alcohol
However fun drinking alcohol in the sunshine sounds, it is very dangerous for your skin! According to The Telegraph, researchers published in the British Journal of Dermatology have found that ethanol is converted to a chemical compound called acetaldehyde after it is ingested, which may act as a ‘photosensitizer’ making skin sensitive to light.
Cover up correctly
Take light, loose clothing with you so you can cover up whenever you need to!
If you would like to talk to us about skincare in the sun and look at our range of SPF’s please drop into the Salon or give us a call. To view our full range of facial and skin treatments click here