WEATHER – Soaring summer temperatures have arrived. Therefore, NOW is the most important time to prepare our skin.
Living in a hot climate, it is essential we understand the risks from the sun, and ensure our skin is protected. If we ignore this, we run the risk of potential skin damage, sun burn, prickly heat, early ageing, or skin cancer. Prevention is always better and less painful than cure!
Don´t get “caught out”
Whilst it is only just the first day of July, and we look forward to the long, hot summer temperatures, currently, the weather can still be changeable. And as such, it´s easier to get “caught out”. Just by going for a walk or enjoying lunch with friends, it is easy to forget how strong the sun is, particularly if there is a slight breeze or it is overcast. Even on a windy day at the beach, you take in more sun that you realise. Children playing can lose track of time and become overexposed.
Dehydrated skin burns
During the winter months, it is quite natural for the skin to feel a little dry. But did you know, regardless of the temperature, the skin is more likely to burn when it is dehydrated?
Most of us use moisturiser, but often find the skin suddenly feels dehydrated again. This is because most moisturisers are made primarily with water and synthetic emollients. This gives the feeling of moisture. However, once the water dries and the lotions are absorbed or evaporated, the skin is once again dehydrated. Skin benefits from plant-derived oils and organic emollients that our bodies automatically know how to use. Although, to be effective, they must be one of the primary ingredients, not a mere mention in the long list!
According to Cancer Research UK, getting sunburnt, just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. Anyone can get sunburnt or develop skin cancer, but some people are at a higher risk and need to take more care in the sun. Up to 9 in 10 cases of melanoma skin cancer could be prevented by enjoying the sun safely.
Figures released by Cancer Research UK, show melanoma skin cancer deaths have been increasing dramatically in the UK, with the rate rising two and half times since the 1970s.
Know your own skin
It is not just the British Expats living in Spain that are at risk. There are many different nationalities and skin types with similar statistics. Also, for those visiting Spain on holiday, you may find you tan differently, or burn easier than before. Most likely this will be due to spending more time indoors because of lockdown. This is something everyone should take very seriously indeed.
It is imperative you get to know your own skin. Therefore, if you notice a new spot or lesion, or a change in shape, colour, or size – visit your doctor immediately!