The Australian Cancer Council recommends wearing sunscreen whenever the UV index is higher than three. Even in one of Australia’s chilliest big cities, Melbourne, the UV index averages three in August, and that doesn’t take into consideration the magnifying effect of reflective surfaces. While you’re unlikely to get physically burnt, this UV exposure still contributes to the overall long-term health of your skin.
The Cancer Council says up to 80% of all premature ageing is due to sun exposure. We recommend taking the guesswork out of the equation and making sunscreen a part of your daily morning ritual. Your calmer, healthier and more vibrant skin will thank you for it.
Protect Your Hands
If you’re lucky enough to own your own car, you’re probably spending a lot of time inside it right now. At the moment, It’s the safest way to get around and with international travel a no-go, you might even be planning a trip up one of Australia’s beautiful coastlines in the coming months. Our hands, perched on top of the steering wheel, are more vulnerable than you may think to UV damage.
We recommend keeping an SPF hand cream in your glove box at all times. It’s an easy way to bring a little luxury to your next traffic jam or highway rest area stop while keeping your body’s biggest organ (your skin!) in check.
There is a growing body of research suggesting the light emitted from our devices (high energy light or HEV) could be cosmetically damaging our skin. The severity of this claim is still a point of contention between dermatologist and skin scientists. But, in the days of Facetime family meet-ups, virtual meetings and excessive boredom scrolling, HEV is worth some consideration.
Cosmeceutical brand Paula’s Choice recommends reaching for a product rich in anti-oxidants to keep all bases covered. We believe it’s worth the gamble. Even if the theory is proven false, anti-oxidants are part of how your skin protects itself from free-radical damage, improving tone, texture and aiding in the production of collagen.