Long term readers of my blog will be familiar with my mother’s melanoma story, and how fanatical my family and I are about looking after our skin year round. Now it’s almost Summer (finally!) in Oz, let’s talk sun protection, because let’s face it – you only have one skin and it’s your job to protect it. Hayley Fahd, NSW State Educator at Ella Bache, speaks to the issue of protection against damaging UV exposure, and it couldn’t be more timely. Hayley says that “prolonged exposure in the sun can lead to signs of premature ageing, therefore using a broad spectrum sunscreen that filters both UVA and UVB rays is imperative. UVA rays penetrate deep into the epidermis; unprotected exposure can lead to premature ageing and damage to the skin. While UVB rays penetrate the superficial layer of the skin it is the principal cause of sunburn; both UVA and UVB contribute to skin cancer risk.”
Hayley recommends that we choose a sunscreen that both light spectrums, and reminds us that Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures how well a cream or lotion protects the skin from sunburn. SPF should be applied first thing every morning, 20 minutes prior to going outdoors. Says Hayley “exposure to the sun causes both the epidermis and superficial layers of the skin to age prematurely this can result in pigmentation, dark spots or static fine lines. The regular use of sunscreen helps to prevent these damages as it works in synergy to filter light spectrums.”
“Did you know over 80% of premature ageing is caused by the Australian sun*? Not to mention, we still have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Ella Baché have always been unrivalled leaders in the suncare category and as a brand we take great pride in this.” Pippa Hallas, CEO of Ella Baché
Speaking of Ella Baché, they offer a wide range of advanced sunscreen protection from SPF30+ to 50+ with breakthrough product formulas, with the range made and tested in Australia to ensure suitability for the Australian climate. All of Ella Baché suncare products are tested and approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), a division of the Australian Department of Health, responsible for regulating and safeguarding Australian products.
Enjoy these gorgeous long days and stay safe,
* US National Library of Medicine