A guide to reading the UV Index

A guide to reading the UV Index

Most weather reports include an update on the UV Index, but how many of us know what the UV Index actually means or how to interpret it? The UV Index is in fact an extremely important weather-related factor to consider, and can help prevent you from getting burnt.

The ultraviolet index, or UV Index as most of us know it, is, according to Verywell Health, a scale relating to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. As IOL explains, Ultraviolet wavelengths of sunlight are comprised of UVB and UVA rays, both of which lead to the damage of skin cells and are thought to cause skin cancer. UVB is the cause of sunburn, while UVA contributes to premature skin aging.

The scale comprises several levels of intensity, going from 1 to 11+. These levels are grouped according to their intensity, and each group is represented by a specific colour.

Index Number Level of Intensity Colour Code

1 to 2 Low Green

3 to 5 Moderate Yellow

6 to 7 High Orange

8 to 10 Very High Red

11+ Extreme Violet

A lot of factors can contribute to the scale of the UV Index. These include the season (the index is at its highest during spring and summer), the time of day, ozone levels, cloud cover, altitude and earth surface characteristics such as snow, water and sand, each of which reflects a certain percentage of UV radiation.

The UV Index is a useful tool that will remind you always to protect yourself against the sun. It’s a constant necessity, which is why you should carry EezySun’s small and easy-to-use sunscreen snap sachets with you wherever you go. They’re available at leading Clicks and Spar stores nationwide.

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Health experts say there’s no such thing as a safe tan

Health experts say there’s no such thing as a safe tan

When faced with the choice between soaking up the rays at the beach, hitting the sunbed at the salon, or using a self-tanning spray at home – few would doubt that the first option is more likely to contribute to sunburn and skin cancer. But, dermatologists agree that there is in fact no safe way when it comes to tanning, and all forms of skin darkening — whether natural or artificial — can present health risks in the long run.

That bronze glow may seem attractive and healthy now, but that might not be the case a few years from now when the effects of long-term exposure kick in. Moreover, it’s a myth that a sun tan helps prevent skin cancer. A tan is actually a sign of damaged skin no matter it’s source. That being said, previous studies discovered that radiation from a solarium is in fact ten times more dangerous than the midday sun.

Cancer Research UK claims that using tanning devices before the age of 35 increases one’s risk of malignant melanoma, the most life-threatening form of skin cancer, by 75 per cent. Additionally, research, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that people who have ever used a sunbed were 20% more likely to develop melanoma, a risk which increased with sun exposure and sun sensitivity.

Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that slathering on a bronzer is completely safe. According to some medical experts, tanning sprays and lotions may cause genetic alterations and DNA damage due to an active chemical called dihydroxyacetone. 

For those looking to catch a dose of Vitamin D but without the risk of skin damage, Healthy Magazine recommends that you spread your tanning sessions over a couple of weeks instead of baking in the sun all day, spend no more than 20 minutes outside, avoid tanning between 11am and 3pm, and use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. 

Stock up on EezySun’s convenient, quality sunscreen snap sachets, available at Clicks and Spar, and arm yourself with the best defense against sunburn whenever you decide to spend some time in the sun.

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Why you should apply sunscreen after exercise

Why you should apply sunscreen after exercise

Sunscreen is an everyday necessity. We step outdoors on a regular basis, and are therefore in constant need of sun protection. That’s why we must always carry sunscreen with us, especially given that its effects wear off after only a couple of hours. But time is not the only factor we must consider when it comes to reapplying sunscreen. Our outdoor activity is important to consider as well. 

Take exercise for example. It is as much an excellent lifestyle choice as the constant use of sunscreen, but the former can complicate the latter. When you’re planning to go for a run, a bike ride, an outdoor yoga session, a friendly soccer or rugby match, or even a workout at an outdoor gym facility, you need to remember to take your sunscreen with you, and there’s a very simple reason why.

When you work out you sweat, and sweat can easily wash away sunscreen. Constantly wiping yourself with a sweat towel won’t help matters much either. This is why it’s wise to have sunscreen with you. Once you’ve finished your workout and taken your shower, just reapply your sunscreen to areas of your body that will be exposed to sunlight and you’ll be good to go.

Sunscreen might, however, not be the first thing you think of when getting ready for your outdoor exercise session. You might also feel it’s an unnecessary burden when you consider everything else you have to pack, such as your towel and water bottle.

That’s where EezySun sunscreen snap sachets come in. They’re so small, light and compact that you can fit a number of them into your pocket, and that way you’ll always have them on hand. Buy them at leading Clicks and Spar stores nationwide.

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How to find a sunscreen that won’t cause a breakout

How to find a sunscreen that won’t cause a breakout

When you have temperamental skin, finding a sunscreen that won’t cause your skin to break out is often a challenge. But you really can’t ditch sun protection, can you? Here are three things to look out for when choosing a sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin.

Firstly, you should look for a sunscreen product that’s non-oily and noncomedogenic. What this means is that the product has no ingredients that are known to cause pore blockages and breakouts. While there is never a guarantee that a sunscreen won’t cause your skin to break out, it does mean it’s less likely to, making it a better option. 

Secondly, you should avoid using a sunscreen that is specifically for your body, on your face. Apart from being too thick, these sunscreens can be heavy and greasy, making them more likely to contribute to breakouts.

And lastly, you want to stay away from sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), as these products are chemical based, and more likely to irritate your skin. You should opt for a mineral based and non-oily product, like EezySun. Our non-oily formula removes the risk of skin and eye irritation making it safe for even the most sensitive of skin types. EezySun comes in easy to use sunscreen snap sachets that make application hassle and contamination-free. They are available for purchase at leading Clicks and Spar stores.

If you’re using acne treatment, remember that you can apply sunscreen too.

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The dangers of using expired sunscreen

The dangers of using expired sunscreen

It may be hard to toss leftover sunscreen in the bin, but it’s important to consider the effect old sunscreen can have on your skin.

Most sunscreens are consumed within a relatively short period of time, however, with infrequent use, some products can last for years. Sunscreen does not spoil that quickly and can have a shelf life of up to three years if not indicated otherwise by the manufacturer. There are brands that have an expiry date printed on the label, which is the assurance from the manufacturer regarding the quality and effectiveness of the product for a certain time.

It is important to know and stick to the expiration date on your sunscreen. Applying sunscreen that has lost its original strength means your skin is not reaping the full benefits of the product’s sun protection properties.

This is because after the expiry date, the active ingredients begin to break down and the SPF rating stamped on the container degrades. Chemical sunscreens made with ingredients such as oxybenzone can oxidize once you’ve opened and exposed them to air, which is accelerated if you’ve stored them in a warm or humid place. When the formula no longer works like it used to, wearing it puts you at risk of sunburn, sun damage, brown spots and skin cancer development.

Mineral-based sunscreens, those that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide on the label, are chemically inert and should remain effective in the long-term. However, over time it degrades differently: additives break down and separates ingredients to the point where the sunscreen becomes a watery or grainy mess. Expired mineral sunscreens can also change colour or develop a funny smell.

Moreover, any leftover sunscreen that has been opened and closed for years can become contaminated with bacteria and mold, which, when applied to the skin, can result in allergic reactions, irritation, and skin infections.

With as many different sunscreen brands on the market as the various compositions of active and inactive ingredients in them, it can be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of an expired product, especially considering the storage history of an individual container.  

A good rule of thumb when trying to figure out if you should toss out an expired product is if it does not look, smell or feel the way it did when you first applied it to your skin, you’d be better off throwing it away. However, it would be far safer if you buy a single-use product like our sunscreen snap sachets. Not only do they provide optimal protection, but you also don’t need to worry about bacteria growing on an opened bottle stored in your bathroom cabinet.

You can purchase our snap sachets at Clicks and Spar.

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Tricks to treat sunburn quickly and effectively

Tricks to treat sunburn quickly and effectively

While some people may regard sunburn as just a temporary skin irritation, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburns can result in lifelong damage to the skin. Not only does a sunburn increase your risk of developing cancer, but it can be extremely unpleasant. Here are three ways in which you can alleviate the pain and soothe the burn quickly and effectively.

Cool the burn

As soon as you notice red skin you should cover up and get out of the sun immediately. You must then act fast to cool the burn down. You can reduce the inflammation by taking a cool shower or bath, or you can use ice to cool the burn, but ensure you don’t apply ice directly to the affected area.

Avoid wearing tight clothes

Wear only loose clothing while your skin is replenishing itself because tight clothes can irritate sunburnt skin. Wearing loose fitting clothes will allow your skin to breathe and speeds the healing process.

Drink lots of fluids

Burns result in fluid being drawn away from the rest of the body to the skin’s surface, so it’s important to rehydrate by drinking a lot of water, including sports drinks that help to restore electrolytes.

Apart from the three we’ve mentioned, there are several other hacks for treating sunburns. Sprinkling baking soda to lukewarm bath water can also relieve the pain – baking soda has a higher pH level, so it’s effective at balancing the lower pH level of sunburnt skin. By keeping a few EezySun snap sachets in your bag you can avoid suffering burns in the future, and make applying sunscreen very convenient and hassle-free.

You can purchase EezySun snap sachets at Clicks or Spar.

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