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19 August 2018

Spring sunshine - beware

Spring sunshine - beware

Spring is about to hit, and we all have the same reflex...rushing out to get as much of that sunshine, and exposing ourselves to those first sunbeams. After the long winter months, it's normal. However, we urge caution as the eagerness often leads us to be less vigilant or minimize the dangers of the sun. Have a think...have you suffered spring sunburns? Contrary to popular belief, the sun’s rays are just as powerful in the spring as they are in the summer. Obviously, their harmfulness may vary according to altitude, latitude or time but in general, it's wise to keep in mind that you can burn in September.  Many of us still assume that the sun is less harmful at this time of year, however the sun angle must be taken into consideration, and our country is particularly vulnerable due to the ozone layer. In New Zealand, we often have associated stronger brezzes from October through until Christmas, and many dismiss a reddened face as 'windburn', when in actual fact this too is very harful to your skin. Stay vigilant and make sunscreen a daily habit for you and your loved ones. Your skin will thank you for it.