Be Sun Savvy This Summer

Be Sun Savvy This Summer

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We all want to have a memorable summer holiday filled with lots of fun in the sun - but without that red, hot and sensitive sunburnt look. One of the easiest ways for you to make the most of your time in the sun is to adapt your skincare routine for sun damage. This will help to prevent excessive and unsafe sun exposure for yourself and your loved ones.

Sadly, the visible effects of skin damage are cumulative. This means that the damage builds every day and as we age, the damage becomes more and more visible. That’s why protecting your skin should involve a combination of blocking out the damaging UV-rays and the replacement of skin essential nutrients, like vitamins, that are damaged by sunlight.
Both UV-A and UV-B rays deplete the skin of vitamin A, which is responsible for the overall health and wellbeing of your skin.

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Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Sun exposure is one of the major causes of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable and destructive molecules, given that they react with other surrounding molecules. This ultimately leads to skin damage. Recent studies show that the damage caused by free radicals has been linked to premature ageing and wrinkling, as collagen and elastin are affected.

The good news is that excess free radicals can be inhibited by antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals by giving their own electrons. This effectively prohibits them from causing any damage.

Defending your beautiful

Skin experts recommend that you stay out of the midday sun as much as possible. However, when you are exposed, you must wear protective clothing and use effective sunscreens. For added protection against free radicals Dr Des Fernandes, Founder and Scientific Director at Environ Skincare, suggests that you enrich the skin with antioxidants. Environ’s Essential Skin Care products combine vitamin A with potent antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E.

By doing this, you can live your life without your skin knowing it or showing it.

What should you look for in a sunscreen?

Sunscreen is one of the most progressive areas in skin care. Sun protection factor (SPF) is a confusing issue because one might assume that the higher the SPF, the better. That actually isn’t the case. The higher the SPF, the higher the concentration of chemicals which do not necessarily offer significantly better sun protection.

Based on scientific research, the table below shows the percentage of UV-B absorption by increasing SPF factors in a sunscreen.

SPF Factor

%UVB Absorbed













Environ Skin Care focuses on the right level of SPF combined with vitamin and antioxidant replenishment for use daily. Find out about the best ways to protect and nourish your skin. Speak to your skincare professional.


The sun is the most important source of energy for life on earth. It’s also a great reason to get outdoors and soak some up, in moderation that is.




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