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UV Safety Awareness Month

July 2021

We have had beautiful hot weather during the month of July 2021. Many of us have been enjoying the sun and celebrating the lifting of Government lockdown restrictions.

But what does the sunshine do on our skin ?

The skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for normal bone formation. But there’s a downside. The sun’s ultraviolet light can cause major damage to the skin. The outer layer of the skin has cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can burn the skin and reduce its elasticity, leading to premature ageing.

To prevent against UV rays and the effect that they have on the skin, we have introduced DD’s top tips for skin care and protection against ultraviolet light.

1- Shade – By ensuring that you are in a shaded area, the skin will not be exposed as much to harmful UV rays which will help to maintain the skins melanin.

2- Sunscreen –  By applying sunscreen, the skin is coated in a layer of protection against UVA and UVB rays. By doing this, you will reduce the signs of ageing, sun spots swell as skin cancer.  Many brands of makeup further offer products with an SPF which is a great alternative for those not wanting to apply regular sunscreen.

3- Clothing – When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing is certified under international standards as offering UV protection.

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