Summer so far has had us already heated up reaching up to a whopping 44 degrees Celsius in some areas of the New South Wales region. What a better way to enjoy those scorchers of days than stay indoors in the air-conditioned areas. Summer is all about the fun activities spending time in the glorious sunshine with picnics, surf, sand, parties by the pool or a nice day out to the beach spent with your loved ones followed by a good old-fashioned barbecue; but this is only possible when the degrees are more forgiving and tolerable. And with all these activities and fun times ahead under the hot Australian sun, it is a good idea to protect ourselves and our families with the right way on how to protect our skin with corrective skin care products.
The slogan to slip, slop and slap during these summer holidays have been embedded in our minds as children but few us of remember how to, or forget what they actually stand for:
SLIP- Slip on a shirt
SLOP- Slop on sunscreen
SLAP- Slap on a hat.
Also in addition to the Cancer Council’s Sun Smart program, since the 1981 original slogan of SLIP, SLOP, SLAP. The words SEEK and SLIDE have been introduced in the year 2007 to the very popular slogan, which stands for:
SEEK- Seek Shade
SLIDE- Slide on sunnies.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. The three main types of skin cancer are:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Melanoma (the most dangerous of skin cancer)
Most Australian think: “Yeah, well I am getting my dose of vitamin D, I should be right”. Wrong. A sufficient amount of vitamin D can be found when ducking out to the shops, walking out to the post box or car. Little sun exposure doing everyday tasks is already a decent amount to get your daily intake of vitamin D. Excessive exposure to the sun deliberately basking in the sun’s rays is dangerous without the adequate protection. There is no such thing as a “safe tan”. When skin darkens, that is your skin telling you that it is in trauma, even if there is no redness or peeling. The reason why skin darkens is that the skin is protecting itself because the UV rays are damaging living cells. In some way or another, your skin is reacting to the sun in a bad way.
Always remember to slip, slop, slap to protect our skin from the harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays of the sun, especially the little ones in the family. Even on windy and overcast days, you should slip, slop and slap. It is better to be safe than sorry to protect ourselves in this unpredictable weather. Yes, you are doing your bit to protect yourself, but be aware that sunscreen is not a suit of armour to protect us entirely. Always lather up every two hours and ensure a thick layer, too (as funny looking this will be). Sunscreen should not be worked into the skin where it is so blended in that it looks like your normal skin tone. Sunscreen should appear like a white film over your skin and once it appears to have dissolved into the skin after a few hours of play, reapply again.
During the day always apply a face cream or moisturiser that has an SPF in it. Try Byotea’s Revitalizing Face Cream SPF 20 regenerates and restructures the skin, performing a deeply hydrating and revitalising action that makes the skin extraordinarily compact, toned and supple. This protects from cell photoaging thanks to an adequate protection factor of the SPF 20. The formula contains:
- Glycolic Acid, the smallest of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), which penetrates in depth and is particularly active. It smooths and removes the top layer of skin facilitating cell renewal and hydrating in depth.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a complex of several Natural Acids with excellent lightening, exfoliating and regenerating properties. It leaves the skin smooth and glowing.
- Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) present in many natural foods and ingredients. It hydrates and fills out the tissue, performing a delicate smoothing action, regulating skin pH and keeping it physiological. It assists the action of the main peeling agents.
- Soya Stem Cells derived from Soya cells rich in Phytosterols, with toning and energising properties. It reduces the formation of wrinkles, revitalising skin cells.
But if you want a higher SPF in a face cream, the best one to try is Byotea’s Anti Blemish Face Cream SPF 50+. With the high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) quantity, it’s anti-wrinkle properties and been venom it acts as a triple action against environmental agents of UVA and UVB rays and effectively shields the skin. It prevents the appearance of pigments marks from the sun which leads to deterioration and premature anti-ageing of the skin. This cream can be used on the face, décolletage area and hands.
To give our bodies some love, lather on the new Byotea’s Suntastic range to protect our skin. Byotea’s Suntastic Sun Cream has a thicker consistency like sunscreen, or if you’re not into that heavy creamy feel, give the Byotea Suntastic Milk Spray SPF50+ a try. With its nifty spray nozzle, it gives a light and easy-to-use texture and leaves no trace on the skin. Both are water resistant and allow rapid absorption, guaranteeing immediate effective UVA and UVB protection. This is suitable for those who are fair and have sensitive skin. The formula is enriched with Manoi Oil that performs an effective soothing action to help maintain skin hydration. It also prevents skin irritation leaving it silky soft. The coconut oil in it offers moisturising and emollient properties that permits softness and shine to the skin. The rice oil offers elasticising and soothing properties that also prevents irritations and reddening of the skin. There are also traces of Aloe Vera found on this as well to sooth and repair scar tissue as well as keep skin soft.
If you have had a little bit of too much fun and have forgotten to re-apply sunscreen and have slightly come back home sporting a sunburn. We love using Byotea’s Suntastic Refreshing and Soothing After Sun Cream will work a treat on your traumatised and burnt skin. This lotion gives immediate relief. It is light and cool to help regenerate the skin. This also contains Monoi Oil, Aloe Vera, Menthol and Shea Butter. Monoi Oil cream soothes and maintains skin hydration. Aloe Vera hydrates, repairs scar tissue and reduced redness. Menthol refreshes, invigorate and improves blood micro-circulation and Shea Butter prolongs the softness and elasticity of the skin, too.
So there you go guys, enjoy this year’s summer. Stay safe and sun smart. If you like this blog, please feel free to leave a comment down below.