Weather can be deceiving, but sunny or chilly, rainy or overcast, the sun is always sending harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays to the earth. There are two types of UV rays: the UVB rays are responsible for the redness of the skin, burning, skin damage, skin spots and ultimately skin cancer. UVA rays can damage cell structure and cause ageing, and increase the risk of cancer specifically malignant melanoma (a serious form of skin cancer).
At least 80% of sun-induced skin damage occurs before the age of 18 and only manifests later in life. It is therefore particularly important that children’s skins are protected with sunscreen throughout the year.
While people with a fair skin tone (blonde/red hair; light skin; freckles; green/blue eyes) are more at risk for sunburn and skin damage, people of all ethnic groups are at risk of getting skin cancer. Quality sunscreens are a must for all South Africans, young and old, all year round.
It is best to use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of a minimum of 20 and not higher than 50, and broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays, preventing premature ageing and lowering your risk of skin cancer.
Island Tribe sunscreens are designed to give the user effective protection against both UVA and UVB rays. With a range of products to choose from, users are sure to find the Island Tribe product that’s right for them … one that has been tested by dermatologists, and bears the CANSA seal of recognition.