Dear Glen, How can we protect our skin from the sun?
With the weather heating up and living in North Queensland (a region with one of the highest incidences of skin cancers in the world), we have to be wary that we can easily get seriously burnt and cause damage to our skin.
The classic campaign of Slip (on a shirt), Slop (on some sunscreen), Slap (on a hat), Seek (shade) and Slide (on some sunglasses), is more relevant than ever to prevent everyone in the family from getting sunburnt.
At Gasworks Pharmacy, we love to assist people to prevent them from getting sunburnt. It may be confusing with all the different brands claiming different SPF.
How to select a sunscreen
When selecting your sunscreen, the higher SPF doesn’t necessarily mean the more coverage you have. SPF is the Sun Protection Factor of the cream – meaning a rating of how long it takes your skin to get damaged by the sun. This means if it takes you one minute to receive sun damage, a SPF 50+ sunscreen will protect you for 50 minutes. This is why re-applying the sunscreen regularly is important; especially if the cream has been washed off from swimming or from heavy sweating.
For those with sensitive skin
For those patients with sensitive skin as well as young children and babies, it is always important to do a patch test on the underside of the forearm. Place a small amount of the cream onto this spot, 24 hours before you are going to use it on the rest of the body. If the skin becomes red and inflamed or is itchy for the person, then they will be glad that it wasn’t used all over the rest of the body.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to come in and have a chat to one of our staff. We have a huge range of products from sunglasses and skin protection, to what you should use if you unfortunately get sunburnt or sunstroke.
P 4957 5522