Research shows you’ve been applying sunscreen wrong
Have you been sloppy with your slip, slop, slap?
In a recent article in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, they discovered the average person is unaware of the adequate amount of sunscreen needed to effectively protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays.
A higher SPF sunscreen can throw the average consumer off and give them the impression that they are using an appropriate amount when most of us are not.
The study asked a group of volunteers, aged 18-45 to demonstrate how they would usually apply sunscreen to avoid the burn from the sun. UV photographs were then taken before and after, to evaluate coverage. The findings discovered that the usual sunscreen application leaves 11% of the body not covered at all. Leaving the average person very vulnerable to sunburn.
These concerning stats are bad news for your skin. Not only does exposure to the sun increase your risk of skin cancer, it also contributes to poor quality of your skin and accelerates the ageing process. The damage the sun is doing to your skin may not be obvious immediately, but prolonged exposure destructs the elastin and collagen in your skin; meaning saggy skin, lines and wrinkles later in life (and earlier than it needs to be). Sun damage can also cause pigmentation, freckles, sallowness and impact its ability to heal.
If your skin’s already fallen victim to the sun, fortunately, ZO® Skin Health can rescue and repair damaged skin. ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical skincare ranges were created by world-renowned dermatologist Zein E. Obagi, MD. At SKYN® we offer three different ZO® skin care anti-ageing programs. Depending on the level of damage to your skin, they can help minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation and age spots.
Still not convinced the sun’s doing you any harm? At SKYN® we can assess the skin by using a ‘Woods Lamp’, which is basically a UV light that can expose the severity and areas of skin damage, unseen to the naked eye.
Always remember to read the back of your sunscreen, reapply and even wear it in winter to avoid damaging your skin and accelerating the ageing process.