UV Wars

  • by onRoute
  • Jun 3, 2012
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  • News

There is nothing healthy about Ultra Violet (UV) rays penetrating your skin, altering the structure of your cells and causing premature ageing and even cancer — no matter how golden you may seem on the outside.

So here’s the lowdown: there are two kinds of UV rays. UVB, the one that makes you brown, also causes us to burn, which can lead to skin cancer. Then there’s UVA, which penetrates deeper into the skin, ageing you and causing… yep, you guessed it, Cancer!

Thanks to that giant hole in the ozone layer, South Africa gets a lot of increased UVA and UVB rays — in fact our country is one giant danger zone. So what do we do about it? We know you’ve heard it all before but we’ll tell you again, and we bet you’ll thank us one day.  You must cover your skin with a broad-spectrum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.  SPF means that if you usually start to burn after 5 minutes and you apply a factor 15, it protects your skin for 15 times longer, i.e. 75 minutes. This means you must keep applying sunblock often, especially after swimming and should wear UV protected clothing too.

The words “healthy tan” are the same as “relaxed run” and “tame lion” — they simply don’t exist!

And for all of you youngsters, who think it won’t happen to you, then note: CANSA says that 80% of skin damage occurs before the age of 18 and only manifests later! So cover up.

For more information call CANSA toll free on: 0800 226622.