Why After Sun Care Is Important

Why After Sun Care Is Important

Australia is a nation of sun-seekers – our long summers and pristine coastline making sure of that. But this sun-kissed lifestyle can have damaging effects. Not only is the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation the main cause of skin cancer, it can also lead to sunburn, premature ageing, eye damage¹ and skin dryness.

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While a tube of SPF 50+ broad-spectrum sunscreen on the golden sand has become as much a part of Australian culture as vegemite toast, the role of after sun care is often overlooked.

Unfortunately, no single sun protection method, including sunscreen, can offer 100 per cent protection against harmful UV rays², which makes taking care of your skin after sun exposure an important piece of the puzzle. After sun care offers a dual approach: it delivers a soothing hydration boost, which is something your skin will be craving after time in the sun, and it helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Thankfully, SunSense has developed two after sun products to help bolster your skin care regime. To address tight, dry sun-exposed skin, try SunSense Aftersun Cooling Creme Gel. The moisturising formula is enriched with Vitamins C and E and Grape Seed polyphenols – ingredients that help reduce the visible signs of ageing. Alternatively, try the SunSense Aftersun Cooling Spray – it will help soothe and cool dry, sun-exposed skin, and the spray function means there is no need to touch dry and sensitive areas.

The best time to apply the after sun cream or spray is after you shower, when skin is still damp and permeable. This will allow your skin to soak up as much of the product as possible. You should also keep yourself hydrated by drinking water.

Most importantly, stay out of the sun as much as possible and if you do go out, be sure to help protect your skin. Applying a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen 20 minutes before heading into the sun, and re-applying every two hours, is crucial³, and your attire can offer respite too. Help protect yourself from the sun’s damaging UV rays with a hat, sunglasses and protective clothing.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. AVOID PROLONGED SUN EXPOSURE AND WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, HATS AND EYEWEAR TO FURTHER REDUCE RISK. FREQUENT RE-APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.

1. What is UV? SunSmart [internet]. [cited 11 August 2020]. Available from:

 https://www.sunsmart.com.au/uv-sun-protection/uv

2. Sunscreen 101. Skin Cancer Foundation [internet]. [cited 11 August 2020]. Available from:

https://www.skincancer.org/press/sunscreen-101-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-sun-protection-products/#:~:text=Though%20no%20single%20sun%20protection,UV)%20rays%20from%20the%20sun.

3 Expert care for the sun aware. SunSense [Internet]. [cited 11 August 2020]. Available from:

https://www.sunsense.com.au/sun-safety.html