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

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    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

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    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 »

  • The Ultra Violet Index

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    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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