Pigmentation, premature ageing, capillary damage and skin cancers all have one troublesome mutual friend: The Sun. It’s no secret that the sun’s rays are one of the main causes of skin ageing, accounting for 80% of the external damage to our skin tissues. Our sun has a lot to answer for where our skin is concerned but without it, life would simply not exist. So how do we manage a healthy balance of enjoying the sunshine while preventing the damage from UV? The answer is not rocket science, but knowing your facts when it comes to sun care could save you the heartache of unsightly wrinkles, pigmentation and more importantly, skin cancers later on.
New Zealand has one of the highest exposure rates to Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) in the world. The Ozone layer is depleted most dramatically over Antarctica with New Zealand coming a close 2nd. As a result, we have the highest skin cancer and mortality rates relative to population. Statistics that can only be reduced if we decide to look after ourselves and our families better. In New Zealand it’s important that we protect against UVR every day, no matter the weather!