• What are the ingredients that I should look for in a sunscreen skincare product


    Do you understand what labeling and ingredients you should be looking for when choosing a reliable sunscreen product for the best protection against UV rays and sun damage? Dr. Howard Murad explains the facts about sunscreen. We should look for antioxidants, hydrators, UVA and UVB protection

  • Winter Sun Safety Tips


    There are a great many people who would never go to the beach or any outdoor activity without using sunscreen in the summer. Many of these same people will also tell you that you don’t need sunscreen in the winter because there is little or no sun. Nothing could be further from the truth though. Ninety per cent of all skin cancers come from too much sun exposure and the winter sun is no less damaging. Although you may think of frostbite and wind burn as the main dangers to your skin in the winter, it’s actually the sun’s dangerous UV rays that are still the major concern. Protecting yourself is easy though, if you have a little knowledge beforehand.

    The Higher You Travel the Stronger the Sun

    Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are great fun, but the higher the altitude the greater the strength of the sun’s UV rays, as much as a 5 per cent increase with every 1,000 foot climb in altitude. The snow also reflects approximately 80 per cent of the sun’s rays back to you so, in essence, you are hit with a double whammy of exposure.

    Limit Your Time in the Sun

    Even on a cloudy day up to 80 per cent of the sun’s rays still reach the earth, which means they reach your skin too. UV rays go through thin clothing, clouds, even glass. Sunscreen helps to defend your skin, but it does not mean you have complete protection. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Sun Safety and UV protection



    It is important to avoid burning your skin in order to fully benefit from the solar radiation. The basic rules are easy to follow but the most important thing is understanding that UV benefits happen only in moderation.

    - Avoid sunlight at noon and use sunscreen when going outside. Use higher protection factors (>30) if you have fair skin. People with darker skin are usually naturally protected by the higher melanin level and can use lower SPF.
    - Avoid sudden or long exposure to sunlight. Melanocites, the melanine production cells (responsible for the tanned color of your skin) need time adjusting to the sun light so UV exposure should be minimal in the first days of summer Read the rest of this entry »
  • Chasing the sun: benefits of sun light



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    It feels like the new millennium skin imperative is to avoid the sun. And yet, if there was no sun, there would be no life on Earth. Exposure to sun light is beneficial for our bodies although we seem to have forgotten about it lately, with so many active warnings about the disastrous effects of UV rays; if it has become our usual routine to avoid the hot rays, it’s time we reconsidered this. Sun light is vital for life so why should we completely ban it from our skin? There are numerous positive aspects of the moderate sun exposure and it should motivate us to rediscover how to make it our friend and not an enemy. Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Ultra Violet Index


    You probably heard the term “UV index” but didn’t quite know how to decipher the meaning and the impact it has in our lives? Well, here’s an explanation that might help you understand UV rays and sun exposure better.

    Sun shines at different intensities throughout the day and year, also depending on other factors like season, weather conditions and geographical area.
    The universal measurement standard for the intensity of the solar radiation is the UV Index.
    The values of this intensity are varied on the globe and usually range between 0 and 13 – with top values of 8 to 10 reached in the afternoon on a clear sky day, but can also reach values of 12 or 13 in the Southern hemisphere because of the quality of the ozone layer in this area. Read the rest of this entry »

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