UV Safety Awareness Month: Protect your skin this summer with Platina

As we enter the (hopefully) sunny summer months, many of us eagerly anticipate spending time outdoors, whether it’s picnicking in the park, playing outdoor sports, or lounging by the pool or beach. However, amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to remember the potential dangers posed by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

July marks UV Safety Awareness Month, a timely reminder to prioritise our skin’s health and take necessary precautions to safeguard against sun damage.

Understanding UV Radiation

The sun emits three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC. While the ozone layer shields us from the most damaging UVC rays, UVA and UVB rays penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere and pose a significant risk to our skin and eyes. UVC radiation can be found in artificial sources such as tanning beds or sunlamps. The Global Solar UV Index (UVI) quantifies the intensity of solar UV radiation, with higher index values indicating a greater potential for skin and eye damage.

The risks of UV exposure

UV radiation is invisible but omnipresent, even when the sun isn’t shining brightly. Extended and unprotected exposure to UV rays can lead to various skin and eye problems, including sunburn, premature aging, cataracts, cornea damage, and an increased risk of skin cancer. It is important to note that UVA rays, present throughout the day, can ever penetrate clouds and glass, emphasising the need for year-round sun protection.

Tips for summer skincare

  1. Seek shade: The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so whenever possible, stay indoors or seek shade during these hours to minimise direct exposure.
  2. Wear protective clothing: When venturing outdoors, choose lightweight and breathable clothing that covers your skin. Opt for long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses to shield yourself from harmful UV rays.
  3. Apply sunscreen: Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, arms, and legs, 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating excessively.
  4. Stay hydrated: Heat and sun exposure can dehydrate your skin. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin and body hydrated from within.
  5. Adopt a skincare routine: The best way to look after your skin year-round is to have a daily skincare routine with products that really work. Here at Platina, we have a simple and easy to use system that will keep your skin in amazing condition day and night. Our medical-grade skincare products utilise unique, cutting-edge science and premium ingredients which are easy to apply, and so will slip seamlessly into your daily skincare routine. The treatments specifically formulated to protect and nourish your skin, combat the signs of aging, and promote a healthy complexion – whatever you age.

So, as we embrace the joys of summer, it is essential to prioritise our skin’s health and safety. UV Safety Awareness Month serves as a timely reminder to take proactive steps in protecting ourselves from the damaging effects of UV radiation. Remember, sun protection should be a year-round habit, ensuring healthy and radiant skin for years to come. Embrace the warmth of summer while keeping your skin in the best shape with Platina skin therapy system.

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