Health and Beauty
Safe Summer Skin
SPF and the Star Factor:
UVB rays are responsible for causing most skin cancers. While large doses of UVA rays can contribute to cancer, it's the UVB rays that are commonly to blame.
Dr. Rachel Haywood, group leader of the Skin Cancer Research Programme at skin charity RAFT, makes the point that UVA rays damage the cells before the skin has reddened and so you don't realise it is happening.
Applying prevention rather than cure - choose an SPF30 or higher which protects you against UVB rays and one with a 4 to 5 star rating to combat UVA.
In the Mediterranean there are no shortages of tomatoes, so eat lots of them. Tomatoes contain an antioxident called 'Lycopene' - which helps in blocking the effects of UV rays and preventing sunburn and skin cancer. Dr Jessica Wu explains in her book 'Feed Your Face' her discoveries.
A sunbed session prior to sunbathing may make you feel better but it will not protect you from burning. Frequent use of the sunbed can actually increase the risk of skin cancer. It would be better to avoid sunbeds.
Keep it Fresh:
It is better and safer to buy new sunscreen that to use your old one that may not have been stored well making it less effective than it should be. Better to be safer than sorry.
Be a Water Baby:
Drink, drink, drink! If you have been out in the sun all day, you need to restore your body fluids. After all that sweating, you may require up to 3 litres of water a day.