The results are in and the decision is unanimous: sun exposure.
Well, actually this has been known for decades it just doesn’t seem to get many headlines. Maybe it doesn’t suit the agenda of the day…
Companies spend billions of dollars trying to sell you lotions, potions and corrective surgery to reverse the ageing process. Maybe it’s partly because it's not trendy to have a paler complexion? The Hollywood movie star stereotype has favoured the more bronzed look for a generation or more.
However, having a youthful, less wrinkly appearance is universally sought so it’s strange that it’s not better known that up to 90% of premature skin aging is due to repeated exposure to sunlight. Whether you have four or five carrots with your lunch today is not going to move the needle.
Having a tan is often portrayed as being healthy, it is anything but. Tanned skin is a sign of irreparable skin damage.
The effects of the sun are cumulative, so whilst you can’t do anything about what has already happened you can prevent further damage by taking simple corrective and cost-effective measures.
Sunscreen is undeniably helpful in protecting oneself from sunlight. Wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more will provide you with effective sun protection.
The downside of sunscreen is that people rarely apply enough to all exposed areas and almost never reapply in line with the recommendation of at least every two hours.
Seeking shade generally between the hours of 10am-4pm and avoiding unnecessary time outside when the UV index is high, very high or extreme.
All of the above measures are sensible but if you visit a dermatologist, that is a person who is a highly qualified medical professional that focuses solely on the skin they will without a doubt recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin aging and skin cancer.
Solbari Sun Protection is an Australian brand that offers a range of award-winning UPF50+ sun protective clothing, sun hats, arm sleeves and umbrellas. Solbari has customers in over 65 countries around the World.
UPF50+ is the maximum sun protective rating for fabrics. Australia is well known as the global leader in skin cancer prevention, sun protection and sun protective clothing.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."