The Risk Of Sun Baking.

For anyone who has followed me for awhile now you will know how pedantic I am about protecting your skin from the sun, especially living in Australia where we have such a strong sun presence, I know I can talk about skincare until the cows come home (literally) but I always say to people the number one anti ageing thing that you can do for your skin is protect it from the sun.

The follow article is from Dr Michael Rich who has the enRich dermatology and cosmetic surgery centre:


During these warm summer months it is important that you protect your skin against harmful UV rays. 

There is no such thing as ‘safe tanning’. Exposure to the sun is important for healthy vitamin D levels, however exposing your self to the sun long enough to develop a tan has already created damage to the skin. 

Sun baking and sunburns can create lifelong damage to the skin, which in many cases is irreversible. The more sunburns you have, the higher the risk of melanoma, which is the deadliest skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Council between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. 

Sun baking can also worsen the appearance of the skin. At my clinic, enRich Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Centre, we see plenty of patients who have developed leathery, highly pigmented and wrinkled skin from too much sun exposure. Sun damage accelerates aging, so although you may look good for a few days/weeks after a natural suntan, you have already added years to your skin. It is important to remember that your skin is your body’s biggest organ, and it is exposed to numerous external elements. The more you do to protect your skin now, the more grateful you will be later in life. 

There are guidelines about safe sun exposure in Australia. As a general rule, sun exposure should be avoided between the hours of 10am and 3pm. This changes as per UV exposure and can be checked on a daily basis. If you think you may be exposed to the sun during the peak UV ray period, you should ensure that you are covering yourself with sunscreen and repeating every 2 hours. 

Your sunscreen should be SPF50+ and cover both UVB and UVA rays as both cause skin damage. 

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