With temperatures set to soar, prepare to protect your skin from harsh UV rays and keep it nourished and hydrated.
"The biggest danger with sun exposure is the potential to cause DNA damage, which can eventually lead to skin cancer," says Crystal Patel, managing director and nurse at Clinica-Lase. When DNA damage occurs, skin cells lose the ability to regenerate, leading to a reduction in collagen and elastin production, along with an over stimulation of melanocytes, all of which increase premature ageing, explains Patel.
It’s advised to get 20-30 minutes of sun exposure three to four times per week, but at low-UV index, and ideally not on the face.
“At all other times, its best to wear a high SPF of 30+ on all exposed skin, applying 20 minutes prior to exposure,” advises Patel.
Source: Toni Hynes, Who magazine, Jan 2017 issue
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