National Sun Awareness Week 2022

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National Sun Awareness Week this year is running from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th May. The campaign aims to highlight the dangers of exposure to the sun, and is led by The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

We all need to be aware and follow guidance and take necessary precautions as best we can, to ensure we enjoy the sun safely. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, so it is important to get the message out there that UV radiation from the sun is the main cause. As rates of skin cancer continue to rise it is also important to discourage people from using sunbeds because of the dangers of UV light.

As well as increasing the likelihood of developing skin cancer, the use of sunbeds and exposure to the sun can:

- speed up ageing,

- lead to burns, blisters and headaches,

- cause permanent damage to the eyes

- weaken the immune system

- lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion

People also tend to forget that the risk is there all year round. It is should be just as much a consideration, whether it be a winter’s day that is sunny, or a day throughout the summer season.

Sun safety

The top tips and advice for safety are:

-Wear suitable protective clothing e.g. hats, visors, t-shirts, sunglasses

-Use sun cream and reapply throughout the day

-Sit in the shade at regular intervals to avoid continuous exposure

-Limit exposure during peak hours when the sun is at its hottest 10am – 4pm

Supplements could also prove helpful against the potential dangers.

Research has suggested that increased consumption of carotenoids through the diet may contribute towards protection against UV induced damage. Because carotenoids are efficient in photo-protection, this would suggest that some supplements may offer an extra line of defence against skin cancer and solar ageing.

Astaxanthin is amongst the most potent carotenoid antioxidants. It is found naturally in salmon and krill. Studies have suggested that it reduces sun induced skin damage[¹] including skin ageing such as sagging and wrinkles[²]. Superba Krill™ capsules deliver 100µg astaxanthin content per serving. You can find further product information here

tomatoes

Lycopene is also a member of the carotenoid family. Rich natural sources of this potent antioxidant include watermelon and tomatoes. Research demonstrated in a study that simply eating tomato paste, providing lycopene of approximately 16mg every day for 10 weeks reduced sunburn by an impressive 40%[³]. Lycopene also comes available in capsule form, and is available to purchase online. Click here for more product details.

A number of studies have also provided compelling evidence that oral supplementation of Pycnogenol® can protect human skin from UV radiation[⁴] This patented natural plant extract from the bark of the Maritime pine tree which grows along the South West coast of France has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and comes in different forms including capsules. For further details click here.

Studies have suggested that curcumin, which is the active ingredient present in turmeric may be an effective therapeutic chemical for preventing the occurrence of UVA-induced skin aging and promoting cell repair[⁵]. Turmeric comes in a variety of forms including powder and capsules, the addition of black pepper enhances the body’s absorption of the curcumin.  Click here for more information on this antioxidant supplement.

If you want further information or advice on sun safety why not visit the BAD website. You can also see how to get involved with Sun Awareness Week.

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Sun Awareness Week