Did you know that you also need #sunscreen protection even if you are indoors?

In sunny South Africa, even if you are dark-skinned, your skin needs at least SPF 50 broad-spectrum, water-resistant full protective sunscreen, normally generously on the head and neck, each limb and front and back of the body. The average-sized adult needs about a teaspoon for these areas, so about seven teaspoons (35ml) for full-body protection.

In the days of #COVID19, where we are spending most of our time indoors, the need for sunscreen protection does not fall away. If you are working next to an open window, or on the balcony, walking in the garden or even getting your daily essentials from the local grocery store or from the pharmacy, you need to apply sunscreen. Moreover, if you are swimming or exercising (and excessively sweating), you also need to apply full-body sunscreen protection.

Remember, UV rays from the sun can cause sunburn, premature ageing, and sun damage such as wrinkles, leathery skin, and liver spots, among others. UV rays can also cause eye problems, causing the cornea (on the front of the eye) to become inflamed or burned.

In addition, long-term blue light exposure to concentrated sources of blue light energy (light emitted by computer screen and cell phones) can cause skin damage, including colour changes, inflammation, and weakening of the skin’s surface. Simply put, blue light promotes stressors in the skin that cause photo-ageing, that is, ageing from exposure to light.

In short, it’s just as important to apply your sunscreen daily, at minimum, as it was previously.

For best protection, we recommend the Nimue Sun C SPF 40 or Nimue Sun C SPF 50 Environmental Shield (Sport). Available at #mintskinandlaser.

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