The sun has been out in full force and as we walk around Sydney we are seeing some scary things.

Clearly, many of you have been spending time out in the sun without the adequate protection.

What does the adequate protection include?

1. A hat: Is important for both adults and children. In adults, a hat is a great way to protect your hair, eyes and skin from UV rays.

2. Sunglasses: Protect from eye damage.

3. Sunscreen: Read more here.

Without the adequate protection skin is left burnt. Sun burn is your skin clearly telling you that skin cells have been damaged too much by UV radiation.

There are various types of burns from pink or red skin to raw, peeling and blistering. If you have darker skin it may just feel irritated, tender or itchy.

FACT: Getting sunburn, once every two years can TRIPLE your risk of melanoma skin cancer.

In Australia, your skin can burn in as little as 11 minutes and take days or even weeks to heal. If your skin appears pink you can treat and calm this type of burn at home but if it appears more sever with blisters you must seek medical attention.

Once you heal, the burn will fade but the damage caused can not be undone and you skin will keep a tally.

The best way to avoid sun damage is via sunscreen. Here are the simple rules you need to follow:

– Apply about 1 shot glass of a high SPF sunblock ALL over your body.

– Sun screen should be applied 30 minutes before you step outside to allow for absorption.

– Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.

If you are on the beach or participating in water activities sunscreens should always be reapplied once towelling off.

Other than skin cancer, which is absolutely terrifying why should you care? PREMATURE AGING!! Up to 80% of fine lines and wrinkle are a result of URV damage. UV also causes sagging skin, blotchiness and roughness.

For the face:
Solar Defense Tinted Face Guard, By HydroPeptide, $79

Solar Defense Non-Tinted Face Guard, By HydroPeptide, $79

For the body, an easy convenient spray:
Solar Defense Body Guard by HydroPeptide, $82

Find out more about this incredible body sunblock via our “Solar Power” blog.

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