What you need to know to avoid sunburns
Clouds are no sun protectant
You may think that you are safe from sunburn when clouds cover the skies. Wrong!
Many people fall prey to this belief and get hideous sunburns. Up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation penetrate the clouds and hit your skin.
Make-up is no sun protectant either
While there are make-up products that offer UV protection, they generally not only offer much above SPF 20, but they also don’t have the broad-spectrum protection you need to prevent your skin from getting burnt. It certainly may help for brief times of sun exposure but certainly won’t protect your skin on a full day in the sun.
Re-applications are the key
It’s not enough to empty a bottle of sunscreen on yourself in the morning and then forget about it for the rest of the day, even if you use a high SPF sun lotion. Instead you need to re-apply sun screen every couple of hours to have good protection.
Naturally dark skin won’t spare you from sun burn
Dark skin has a natural sun protection of up to 13 SPF – not really equal to a sun lotion. That still doesn’t spare dark skinned people from skin cancer. Darker skin usually isn’t as prone to sunburns as fair skin, but still needs protection from sunburn.
Starting off slow doesn’t prevent future burns
Many believe it is better start the summer off slow by slowly increasing their sun exposure and building up a tan. While that is certainly a useful strategy, it can backfire if you think your skin is “used to” the sun and you end up spending an extended period in the sun without any sun protection. There is just no way around sun lotion.
Choose your sun lotion carefully
Most traditional sun lotions are actually not good for your skin. They contain chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate or octinoxate which are harmful to your health. They are considered endocrine disruptors and known to cause allergies and are carcinogenic. These chemicals get absorbed by your skin and get into your blood stream where they travel throughout your body.
Choose alternative brands that offer sun lotions with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Consider any other active ingredient as not safe. The Environmental Working Group publishes reviews and information about cosmetics on a regular basis. The 2017 sunscreen report can be found here.
Skin cancer is a threat to all of us
Skin cancer is a serious disease. Take preventive steps as simple as applying sun lotion and wearing loose garments which can reduce the UV radiation by almost 30%. Additionally, if you have fair, sensitive skin, it is recommended that you have regular skin checks by a dermatologist. They can spot moles and skin irregularities early on before they might turn malignant and become cancer.
Proper after-burn skin care
If you do get burnt, give your skin what it needs most. Kandala Rosehip Seed Oil is a great product we strongly recommend to apply to sunburnt skin. It not only will prevent peeling but it also prevents sun spots and can even reduce the appearance of existing sun spots. The high levels of anti-oxidants in Kandala Rosehip Oil helps the skin regenerate and repair itself, which is crucial after a sunburn.
And if you are fair-skinned and have lots of pigmented spots all over your body, do regular skin self-examinations. Check out the Skin Cancer Foundations recommendation on how to perform such examination. High risk individuals should have professional skin checks done by a dermatologist on a regular basis.