An end to tanning madness?

ALTHOUGH people have been encouraged to limit their sun exposure and slather on the SPF to protect their skin from harmful UV rays, worrying news in the past week suggests some people are ignoring the experts’ warnings.

A BBC report based on Cancer Research UK figures BBC stated two people per day under the age of 35 are being diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. In addition, it appears the rate of melanoma incidences has tripled in this age group since the 1970s. The trend is affecting more women than men.

Some of the blame has been laid on excessive use of sunbeds – amid claims using one before the age of 35 can increase a person’s risk of melanoma by 75%. This month, the law in England and Wales is changing to prevent under 18s from using sunbeds.

Melanomas mostly develop in the outer skin layers, often on the leg. Changes to the appearance or texture of a mole can also be an early warning sign. Experts say the best way of avoiding melanoma is to avoid getting burnt. If you suspect something may be wrong, see your doctor.

So, how to avoid getting burnt? Firstly, it is best not to expose your skin during the hottest part of the day – usually from about 11am until 3pm. Wear hats with floppy brims and cover up in loose clothing. Choose colours that repel, not attract, the heat. Think white or pastel shades instead of black or navy.

It’s also vital to get the right kind of SPF –and not just a tube of cream to use when you’re sitting around the pool on holiday. Think about investing in a suncare kit to take with you wherever you go. The handy Dermalogica Daylight Defence kit will fit perfectly in your handbag, meaning you’ll be able to protect yourself from the sun whenever it peeks out from behind the clouds.

The Dermalogica Daylight Defence kit contains Multivitamin Body Block SPF 20, Solar Defence Booster SPF30 to add to your regular moisturiser for your face, a stick of Solar Shield SPF15 for hydrating and protecting the lips, and a tube of soothing After Sun Repair to help reduce redness. All these products are non-sticky and super absorbent, meaning your skin will feel supple and hydrated once it’s applied.

To find out more about products available in the Daylight Defence range, visit Dermalogica Daylight Defence Kit

For more advice on skin care and Dermalogica products suited to your skin type, call upon the experts at Time of Life

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