How sunscreen use can dramatically slow ageing

How sunscreen use can dramatically slow ageing

A study by the Annals of Internal Medicine, has found that applying sunscreen on a regular basis can dramatically curb the skin ageing progress. In the study, researchers tracked 900 participants under the age of 55 for more than four years.

They observed that after four years of applying sunscreen on a daily basis, participants who had not failed to apply sunscreen regularly showed no detectable signs of skin ageing. Professor Adele Green said: “This has been one of those beauty tips you often hear quoted, but for the first time we can back it with science”.

Green added that the study showed that people who had not yet reached middle age had the opportunity to make a difference in their skin ageing process by using sunscreen. Skin checks revealed that participants who applied sunblock almost every day not only appeared not to age but also had 24% less skin ageing compared to people who only used sunscreen on certain occasions.

Professor Rodney Sinclair, Director of Dermatology at Epworth Hospital at the University of Melbourne, however urged caution in interpreting the study’s results as the study looked “at the hands rather than the face and it looked at one component of skin ageing which is fine lines and wrinkles”. Adding that “at the end of the day, the most important thing about regular use of sunscreen was to prevent skin cancer”.

Now that you have a chance not only to protect yourself from skin cancer but also to slow down  your skin ageing, ensure you always have EezySun snap sachets  for easy sunscreen application, which you can purchase online or at any Clicks or Spar store.

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Winter is a prime time to pay attention to sun protection

Winter is a prime time to pay attention to sun protection

For many people, winter is associated with dry, flaky and chapped skin. While we tend to focus on these perceptible skin ailments during the colder months, not as many people may be aware of how quickly and easily sunburn can also strike during winter. And, as the days shorten, the clouds gather and the temperature plummets, the last thing you may feel like doing is slathering on the sunscreen as well.

Of course, the north-eastern parts of South Africa get warmer and sunnier winters. It’s true that sunburn is less common in the winter because the earth is tilted away from the sun and clouds block UVB radiation. However, UVA rays, which affect the deeper layers of the skin and contribute to the risk of skin cancer and premature wrinkles, are strong all year round because they have a longer wavelength. UVA can penetrate clouds, so whether you live in a city that experiences a rainy or dry winter season, any uncovered area on your body will be negatively affected by sun exposure. And while you may be spending most of the time indoors seeking shelter from the rain and cold, UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate glass!

South Africa is not known as a snowy destination, but certain places such as Ceres, Hogsback, and the Drakensberg, receive a generous amount of snowfall during winter. The mountainous regions under white icy blankets have become a playground for a large number of visitors to enjoy the novelty of snow. Unfortunately, these frosty getaways can expose you to a significant reflection of damaging rays. Snow and ice reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays into the environment, meaning you get double the exposure: direct sunlight from the and reflective rays from the ground.

You may not get as much sunlight in the winter or the sun may feel weak and distant on clear days even mild sunburn can add up. So, whether you’re hunting white-capped peaks in July or surfing the waves in December, every exposure accumulates over time and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.

Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 50 should be part of your winter skincare regime. All EezySun products contain Vitamin E, A and Glycerine which helps treat dry winter skin, while the active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect it from sun damage, which will prevent the majority of sun-related damage you will encounter with your skin as you age.

Shop from a range of our sunscreen products online now for protection year-round.

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Bellville, Cape Town 7530
South Africa
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The truth about sunscreen and water resistance

The truth about sunscreen and water resistance

While there’s no such thing as waterproof sunscreen, many are labelled as water-resistant. This is enough to make some people feel safe whenever they apply sunscreen before a swim. What they don’t realise, however, is that sunscreen, along with all its impressive properties and effects, wears off quickly, and especially after contact with water.

Water washes sunscreen off your body, particularly if you’ve just applied it. The unfortunate proof of this is the environmental effect. Oxybenzone, a chemical often added to sunscreen, has been linked to coral bleaching, so not only are beachgoers left without that protective layer of sun care after a swim, but the product they’ve used might have partly contributed to environmental damage.

Also remember that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours. By getting wet, you’re wearing the product off at a quicker pace, and by drying yourself afterwards, you’re actively wiping it off. This is why you should always have sunscreen at the ready if you’re planning to come into contact with water. You might, for example, have a mid-morning workout, inevitably followed by a shower, after which you’ll need to add a new layer.

If, however, lugging a bottle of sunscreen everywhere sounds a bit tedious then switch to EezySun’s snap sachets, which you can carry in a pocket. They’re small enough for your handbag, backpack or briefcase, and there’s enough chemical-free sunscreen in them for a complete, safe and simple application.

No matter where you are, keep yourself constantly protected against sun damage with EezySun. Purchase it at Clicks or Spar.

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Willie Van Schoor Drive
Bellville, Cape Town 7530
South Africa
Tel: 021 914 0281