August 21st, 2013
Safe sex and safe sun are both important health messages!
Sex and sun are part of life, there’s no denying that! We have for some years now had a very clear health message about having safe sex, it is thought to be ignorant of us to assume venereal disease will only happen to others, and using condoms and discussing our sexual health is intelligent!
So why is sun protection not receiving the same health message from the government or even our GP surgeries ? I’ve never seen a poster in England engaging the general public on safe sun! Yes we do need the sunshine, it makes us feel better in our well being, and of course we need the vitamin D it delivers, however, only fifteen minutes of skin exposed a day is said to be the minimum required.
What do I mean by safe sun ? Well here are my top tips:
1 Use sun protection daily, using an SPF 50 which also is an anti-ageing cream is a good start for exposed skin for protection against those damaging free radicals.
2 Be mindful of intense sunning! Let it kiss your shoulders and not scorch your face is my advice!
3 Enjoy a lunch alfresco with your seat facing away from direct sunshine.
4 Wear a hat to shade your face and décolletage.
5 Wear sun glasses to avoiding squinting!…. blue eyed blondes I can hear you agreeing!
6 Re-apply your SPF regularly if out and about. Don’t expect your morning application to last all day if the temperature is up!
7 When on holiday, choose a lounger under the shade, a parasol or tree or both, as I do!
I’m not being the sun police really, I’m just advocating safe sun. Ensure you protect yourself on a daily basis for life, and in doing so, you are doing your best to protect your health. Sun damage is not just about anti ageing, now we are seeing at MBNS that skin lesions are becoming a health risk and prevention is always better than cure.
While I was on holiday, I had some interesting conversations with ladies on the beach. They remarked: “Your skin looks so clear, what make up are you using?” (I was wearing iS Clinical’s tinted SPF 50). I also was wearing a floppy brimmed hat and sun glasses whilst sitting out of direct sun and sipping on my 5 o’clock cocktail. I took a look at the ladies’ faces around me and saw broken vessels, hyper-pigmented skin, and even all over sunburn …oh my!
I know I was on holiday but…
There’s still a health message to deliver, and I am a nurse, so I gently advise an SPF with antioxidants and a protection of SPF 50. It was my duty of care after all, but the next day, the same ladies were laying unprotected in the morning sun!
More education is definitely required on a larger scale for sure…..now don’t get me started on sun beds….!
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