Are you applying sunscreen to these parts of your body?

Are you applying sunscreen to these parts of your body?

When applying sunscreen, it’s easy to feel as if you’ve protected yourself thoroughly against sunburn. The truth is that you might have missed a spot or two. Remember these often-forgotten areas before you step outside.

The back of your neck

The hair on the back of your neck won’t protect you from sun damage. If this part of your body is ever going to be exposed to sunlight, always make sure it’s protected with sunscreen.

Ears

Unless you’re wearing earmuffs or a trapper hat, your ears are going to be exposed to sunlight. That’s why you must always add sunscreen to the external parts of your ears.

Armpits and the backs of your knees

When it comes to using sunscreen, it’s always arms, shoulders, sides, legs and knees. But is it ever armpits and the backs of your knees? These specific body parts are often neglected. Take them into consideration the next time you apply, and be sure to reapply given how sweaty they can become. If you’re putting on deodorant, remember to apply sunscreen first and give your skin enough time to absorb it.

In between your fingers and toes

The small areas in between your fingers and toes need a decent amount of suncare. This is especially important given how hands are usually, if not always, exposed to sunlight, and also how popular sandals and flip flops are in sunny weather.

Eyelids

Whether you’ve brought sunglasses with you or not, your eyelids require sunscreen, especially since the skin around the eye is particularly sensitive.

It takes a small amount of sunscreen to cover your body from head to toe. That’s why EezySun’s snap sachets are so convenient. You can use one for your whole body before heading out, and store some extra in your bag or pocket. So what are you waiting for? Buy them from Clicks and Spar.

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Two Oceans Marathon – Guide to prepping for race day

Two Oceans Marathon – Guide to prepping for race day

While it’s less than a month to go until race day and the majority of your training might be done, prepping for the Two Ocean’s marathon doesn’t stop until you’re officially on the start line. Whether you’re an amateur or a veteran, there are always things you need to be reminded about to get your body and mind ready for a good and enjoyable race. From skin care to nutrition, here are a few ways to prep yourself before race day.

Pre-race

With the bulk of your training done, this is the time to start slowing down, also known as tapering. This doesn’t mean that you can now sit back and stop exercising as you will want to keep your momentum going. According to Nolene Conrad, professional athlete, runners can begin tapering three weeks before the race when “your mileage decreases and you should keep doing your intensity workouts”.

The next step is to ensure you’re packed with all your essentials the night before the race; Health24 recommends the following snacks and drinks for the day:

  • Energy gels
  • Sports bars
  • Water
  • Sports drinks

Being a marathon, you’re sure to be on the road for some time, and we often forget that along with your hat and sunglasses, you can also protect your skin with the use of sunscreen. Remember to pack a couple of EezySun snap sachets into your pocket to reapply during the race and you can reduce your chances of skin damage while you focus on the race.

Race day

Marathons are not only about the physical but also the mental. Once you’re on the road, keeping yourself calm is very important; anything can happen on race day, and if you hit a bump in the road (literally and metaphorically) your brain needs to be ready to deal with it. Whether it’s a specific breathing technique, or reminding yourself of positive messages, composure is vital. Secondly, patience is key. If you’re an amateur, it can be very tempting to hit your top speed as the gun goes off. This way you run the risk of running out of energy later on in the race and that’s the last thing you want. Start off with a comfortable pace, and up it whenever you think you’ll benefit from going faster.

With the world’s most beautiful marathon around the corner, make sure you’re prepared for the day as best you can. Think about what worked or didn’t in previous years, combined with the tips above and you’ll be ready for a great race.

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What to look for when buying sunscreen

What to look for when buying sunscreen

Summer may be drawing to a close, but just because we aren’t feeling the heat as much, doesn’t mean our skin can’t be over exposed to harmful UV rays. Whether you live in an area known for its warm climate all year round or not, many of us don’t understand what we should be looking out for when it comes to buying sunscreen, and end up just taking the first one that jumps at us in the shopping aisle. This can lead to the use of sunscreens that offer poor protection.

Luckily, there are various features you can look for that prove a sunscreen will provide the protection you need, and also indicate that it is not harmful to your skin or the environment. Below are the key features to look out for:

SPF 30 or higher

Experts reveal that consumers should look for a sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or higher. Why? While SPF 15, 30 and 50 all offer the same value in terms of skin protection, there is a big difference in re application times. According to Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, and President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology, “Any SPF less than 30 really doesn’t afford you the level of sun protection that you need”, this is because any less means you’ll only get around 15 minutes worth of protection, until you need to reapply. An SPF of 30 means you only need to reapply sunscreen again after 30 to 40 minutes of sun exposure.

Broad Spectrum

The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, and you’ll want a sunscreen that protects against both. While UVB rays hit the more surface layers of skin and cause damage through sunburn, UVA rays can penetrate the skin and increase the signs of ageing. To ensure your skin is safe from both harmful rays, find a sunscreen that mentions the words ‘broad spectrum’. This means that the sunscreen contains ingredients that filter both types of UV rays, giving you better skincare in the long run.

Mineral based

Look for Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mineral ingredients used as UV filters instead of chemical ingredients, harmful both to your skin and to the environment. If you see the word ‘oxybenzone’, then it is advised to steer clear. Oxybenzone has proven to cause bleaching of coral reefs — making them susceptible to disease and death — and can cause skin damage by aiding UV rays to be absorbed by your skin instead of deflecting them.

Whether you are starting to feel autumn in the air in the Cape, or just looking forward to warmer months in the North, you’ll be able to head off to the shops this year, knowing what to look out for in a quality sunscreen that’ll offer suitable protection.

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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.

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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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