As we head into summer and start to spend more time in the outdoors, or at the beach if we’re lucky, what can we keep in mind to protect our skin and long term health from the ravages of the harsh New Zealand sun?
The SunSmart message has been pretty well promoted here in Aotearoa so we all know we should Slip (on a shirt), Slop (on sunscreen), Slap (on a hat), Wrap (on sunglasses) and seek out shade during the hottest parts of the day. But what happens when we accidentally spend the brief 10-15 minutes of unprotected time in the sun that it takes to start to burn?
Well, the UV radiation from our sun generates free radicals in our skin and these highly reactive nasties are what cause the damage to our skin that can be painful, red and itchy and leave you peeling in the days that follow.
Once the damage is done there’s little you can do but try to soothe the discomfort until it heals naturally but if you catch it early and apply some epiology cream or spot gel you may be able to minimise the damage.
The IDP proteins in epiology also have antioxidant activities and work like your own team of 007 agents to eliminate free radicals, reducing redness and irritation and minimising free radical damage.
So your mission, should you choose to accept, is to be stirred (not shaken) into action and apply some epiology after sun exposure to moisturise and protect your summer skin!