Written by: Suzanne Dalessi
Last weekend, the clock went forward one hour and last weekend the Netherlands enjoyed its first spring weekend en masse in its own garden or on its balcony. Because right now, during the corona weeks, we all need outdoor air and vitamin D. We want to be cheerful with all the new flowers, plants and colours and look forward to summer. Totally fine you would think. Yet we all know someone who has forwarded a picture of red nooks, edges, noses, in other words: sunburn on Sunday evening.
All year round, we spend money on skincare products, do peels and maintenance treatments and create an alert in our diary when it is time for laser treatment again. And yet we invariably get ''painted'' several times every year. Because that's it....
We know that the sun can be incredibly harmful and lead to skin cancer, that much is obvious. But besides that, the sun can also cause so many unsightly skin conditions. Think pigment discolouration, pigment shifts, wrinkles, lines, dry skin, visible vessels or allergy bumps.
To avoid this, it is first important to protect the skin every day (!) with an SPF. In doing so, this SPF should provide protection for both UVA and UVB radiation. And if you want to do it absolutely perfectly then prefer an SPF with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. This creates a layer on the skin that reflects sunlight. When we are fully exposed to the sun, depending on the factor, have to reapply every two hours. And this need not be a task at all these days. For example, choose a sunscreen that is anti-comedogenic so that sunburn-induced pimples are prevented. Or choose a sunscreen with a tint that makes foundation unnecessary. These days there are even spray cans with SPF, for the really lazy ladies among us (I must confess that I use them often enough myself).
So, shall we take this first weekend as a warning? And do all we can to maintain the results of our treatments and delay skin ageing very far?