Sun protection: all you need to know

Sun screen is a must when going out in the sun (even if it’s cloudy) and being exposed to the sun’s rays, especially here in South Africa where summer temperatures may rise to the mid 30’s (Celsius). It’s a habit that should become a daily ritual.

Who should use Sun Screen ?

Anyone who spends time outdoors should use a sunscreen. This includes:

  • Men, women, and children.
  • People who tan easily and those who don’t.
  • Fair-skinned and dark-skinned people; people who already have tans.
  • People who already have tans and sunbathers, gardeners, Hikers , swimmers and sportsmen basically anyone who is outdoors a lot during the summer time .

Why should sunscreen be used?

  • It shields your body from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays
  • It protects your body from getting sunburn (peeling or itching of the skin, swelling on the areas overexposed to the sun, or hives).
  • It safeguards you from exposure to the ultraviolet B rays while tanning (if tanning is your thing!)
  • It protects your body from different types of skin cancer (e.g. melanoma) and other skin disorders.
  • It stops the number of freckles and moles on your body from increasing.
  • It helps to prevent wrinkles and other signs of premature aging
  • It promotes younger looking and fresher skin.
  • It ensures the proteins in your skin (keratin, elastin and collagen) are protected so your skin remains supple, fresh and healthy.
  • It keeps the skin tone on your body even.

What is SPF or Sun Protection Factor?

The SPF number defines how much the sunscreen can shield your body from ultraviolet rays. If the sunscreen is higher, the coverage and protection will be better.


My skin is sensitive. Should I skip the sunscreen?

Some sunscreens contain ingredients that may irritate the skin. If you know you react to specific ingredients, be sure to check the contents on the label. However, the sunscreen may not be causing the reaction. Other products that come into contact with your skin, including perfumes, certain medications, and soaps, may make your skin more sensitive. Think about the products you have been using (especially new products), and stop using these one by one before you stop using the sunscreen. If you are not sure about the side effects of a medication you are taking, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist.


Xeroderm Sunscreens

Wearing sun protection daily is vital. Xeroderm Sunscreens protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays, non-greasy, as well as colour and fragrance free.

Xeroderm sunscreens are dermatologically tested and provide full spectrum UVA and UVB protection. To ensure the latest international standards, Xeroderm has been formulated to meet all the European Collipa standards.



Here is our range to help you get full sun protection this summer



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