This page is designed to give a brief summary of each of the topics
raised on our website.
Is the body’s first line of defense against the stresses of
the environment. Having a basic knowledge of our skin will help
us to understand the effects of the sun’s rays on our skin.
The sun’s UV rays and skin cancer
The sun’s UVB and UVA rays are dangerous. Overexposure to
these rays causes skin cancers and premature ageing of the skin.
About 90% of all skin cancers are sun related and are, in the main,
The Sun – it’s not all bad news
There is sufficient medical evidence to suggest that sunlight can
help to protect against many internal cancers. The sun evokes a
general feeling of well being and helps with our activity cycles,
improving sleep. The sun is such a key source of Vitamin D, about
75% of the body’s intake comes from the sun’s UVB rays.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy life.
Balancing ‘Expert’ opinion
There are many experts, particularly those dealing with skin cancers,
which have a strong bias in their opinions against sun exposure.
Equally, there are many experts dealing with internal cancers, depression
and Vitamin D deficiencies that advocate some sun exposure.
The key to making the most of the sun is to find the right balance.
Exposure but not overexposure. Moderation holds the key.
These have not always been in fashion. Until early in the 20th century,
the fashion was to have a pale skin. Sometime around 1920 Coco Chanel
first appeared sporting a suntan.
Today, in Australia, where skin disorders are more prevalent, it
is becoming less fashionable to wear a suntan.
This page offers more advice about suntans and other factors to
take into consideration that increase your exposure to UV radiation.
All about ‘sunscreens’
The roll of a ‘sunscreen’ product is to protect your
skin from the sun’s UV rays.
It is important to protect your skin against both UVB and UVA rays.
The SPF rating (sun protection factor), shown on all sunscreen
products, only relates to protection from UVB rays. Historically
‘sunscreen’ products were originally developed to give
protection from sunburn, caused by the sun’s UVB rays.
This page explains in greater detail about International, national
and industry standards, in regard UV protection and the development
of sunscreens & SPF ratings.
Proper use of ‘sunscreens’
This section describes the original concept of the SPF ratings and
why we should take a cautious approach in applying this concept
today. Choosing a sunscreen product plays an important roll and
should be considered carefully. Our suggestion is to choose a product
with a SPF 15, five star UVA protection and one that also contains
antioxidants to tackle dangerous ‘free radicals’. An
explanation is offered giving the basis for this suggestion.
Details of how to properly apply a sunscreen are included along
with a WARNING:
Do not apply sunscreens to babies 6 months old or younger.
Keep them in the shade and dress them in suitable clothing.
The golden rule is ‘Avoid Sunburn’. This section provides
sensible advice on how to avoid sunburn and to take particular care
with children and babies. Additional information about the choice
of sunglasses and a special note for those planning a visit to a
Free Radicals & the roll of antioxidants
The sun’s rays initiate the release of free radicals both
on the surface and in the subsurface of the skin. These free radicals
cause oxidation, which damages cell membranes and can result in
many skin disorders including skin cancers. Antioxidants counteract
this reaction by removing or neutralising free radicals.
More advice on how to boost our natural resources of antioxidants,
by oral supplementation and topical application, is included in
The Products of ‘uvasol’
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in medical research, with up to date ingredients and modern formulation
technology, to produce the most scientifically advanced ‘sunscreen’
product available today. ‘uvasol’ after
sun lotion includes natural powerful Antioxidants, these continue
to protect your skin after exposure to the sun.
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