Education, a quality product and regular use is vital to ensure you have healthy and melanoma free skin. The NZ sub-tropical environment is very unforgiving and getting sunburnt is something that can effect your health and skin for years later in your life.
We have the very latest and best formulated sunscreens available in New Zealand from Circadia by Dr Puliese, and TIZO sunscreen technology.
In essence this means they are not the old 'sticky and thick' irritating sunscreens of the past, but new far more powerful and sophisticated sunscreens that you don't even feel you have on. These are precisely created products designed for aesthetic touch, feel and look with science and technology to match.
The best sunscreens come from the USA where the FDA(Food and Drug Administration) have reviewed all aspects of sunscreens in the past 4-5 years to raise the standards of compliance for the benefit of consumers. These new broad spectrum sunscreen have been in place since mid 2012. Don't risk damaging your skin by using a sunscreen that is not photostablized and of the highest quality, with the latest antioxidants, botanicals and peptides?
This following FDA standards have been set for Sunscreens:
- Compliance began mid 2012.
- Broad Spectrum Sunscreens to include UVA and UVB protection, as SPF is only a measure of UVB.
- Regulation of specific ingredients and combinations.
- Revised testing requirements with a 'Broad Spectrum' test.
- Water resistance claims acceptable where proven after testing.
- More accurate labelling for the benefit of consumers.
- Claims of no more than 2 hours of protection.
- Sprays, wipes, towelettes are not eligible for inclusion under the rules.
- SPF50+ is the maximum limit of an SPF claim under FDA regulations.
- For further technical information on FDA regulations for sunscreens.
Other Science and Aesthetic considerations include:
- Prevention of the breakdown of UV filters on the skin with new chromophore technology; SolayStay S1 etc.
- Use of new peptides and antioxidants to provide further cellular protection in sunscreen formulas.
- The ability to apply a product that is aesthetically appealing.
- Information on the container that helps advise the consumer about risks of UV damage.
Sun Safety Tips:
- Use sunscreens with broad spectrum SPF values of 15 or higher.
- Limit time in the sun especially between 10:00am and 2:00pm.
- Wear clothing to skin exposed to the sun; long sleeved shirts, pants, sun glasses and scarfs, as well as hats and sun glasses.
- Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours, and more often if you have been swimming or exercising.
- New Zealand can have a cool wind which makes the skin feel cool even when the sun is out, limit your exposure.
- Avoid alcohol consumption in the sun and you will not feel the heat.
- Make sure your children wear sunscreen and reapply after swimming.
Stay Safe, Stay Protected and Minimise your Exposure.
Below are two of the very best sunscreens available in New Zealand.
Sunburn and Precautions:
Should you receive excess exposure to sunburn there are several precautions that you can take;
- Do not expose yourself again whilst burnt this causes even worse cellular damage to the skin and higher risk of skin cancer.
- Keep clothes on and keep the skin cool where possible, stay in doors.
- Keep the skin moist and hydrated.
- Drink cool fresh water.
- Use calming and soothing serums that reduce inflammation.
Oil and water on the skin whilst exposed to the sun will only increase the UV absorption rate.
If you skin becomes visibly red move out of the sun immediately and re-apply sunscreen and cover up.
In advanced cases of excess exposure you will only start to feel hot in the skin hours later and then the skin will glow reddish, at night any touch to the skin will be painful, this will generally be followed by 'bubbling' of the skin and light peeling in the following days. The skin will heat up to try and lose heat generated by the sunburn and in so doing becomes dehydrated, additionally cells will die and this causes the shedding process. Once the damage is done the best thing you can do is apply the best calming and soothing cream you have and avoid touching the area. The face is much more sensitive that the rest of the body so this will be the most painful if it is over exposed to UV light.
Prevent is the best cure.
We have several advanced treatment products products that are excellent to combat sunburn and dermal inflammation.
Post Peel Balm
A soothing blend of aloe, calendula, elderflower, rose and seawhip extracts to help calm the discomfort associated with inflammed, rosacea and sensitive skin. This spray on mist is ideal to provide a good coverage and nourishment of a sensitive areas without touching it and can be applied through the day and night if necessary.
Any of these Circadia products should be applied every couple of hours if you have received sun burn until it calms down, however this may take several days in more severe cases.