Overview

This page is designed to give a brief summary of each of the topics raised on our website.

The Skin
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, preventable.

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.

Suntans
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.

Suncare Precautions
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 water park.

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 this section.

The Products of uvasol’
uvasol’ combines the latest developments 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.
uvasol’ - Maximum effective protection for your skin’

 
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