The Importance of Sun Care for Anti-Ageing

Many people invest in expensive anti-ageing products, but the most effective way to ward off ageing is simple – sun care.
Australians love the sun, but prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been scientifically proven to cause the skin to age much faster than normal. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and discolouration are just some of the effects that could have you looking older, and that’s without mentioning the big ‘C’ – skin cancer.
Luckily, Carroten has a range of amazing products that can protect your skin, as well as keep it feeling smooth and moisturised.

Avoiding UV
The trouble is with Ultra Violet Rays (UV). The sun gives off three types of the UV rays we’ve all been warned about – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, and are the main cause of the skin ageing at a faster rate. UVB rays hit closer to the surface, and cause sunburn and potentially skin cancers. The sun can start to damage unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes, which is why it’s so important to block them from your skin.

Protect your Skin
There is good news – the solution is pretty simple. Applied correctly, a good sunscreen product can shield the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, protecting it from short term damage like sunburn, and reducing the chances of long-term damage like the appearance of ageing and skin cancers.

The key is to choose a sunscreen product that is “broad spectrum”, meaning it can defend against both types of harmful UV rays. Another key element is the “Sun Protection Factor” or SPF. Australia recently increased its SPF maximum from 30+ to 50+, but most experts agree at least SPF30+ is necessary to give your skin the best protection.

Another crucial consideration is how frequently sunscreen is used – it’s not just for the beach! Sunscreen should be applied daily, with special consideration given to the parts of your body that have the most sun exposure, like your face and hands. These are also the areas that are likely to age the quickest, so it’s worth the extra attention. Carroten have three choices of SPF50+ sunscreen specifically designed for use on the face, with the choice of matte, anti-ageing or extra care for sensitive skin.

Sunscreens can also come with added benefits that make using them easier. Moisturising formulas, waterproof sunscreens, matte formulas, products for sensitive skin and many other options are available to help sun seekers stay safe. If a sunscreen isn’t working for you, consider other options – Carroten alone offers 11 different types of sunscreen for different ages and different areas of the body, and with extra features such as moisturising or matte properties.

Use a Multi-Faceted Approach
But while sunscreen might offer your best protection against the negative effects of the sun, it shouldn’t stand alone. There are many other ways to keep yourself and your skin safe and undamaged. Keeping an eye on the worst times of day for UV exposure is a good start, and try to plan trips around keeping your skin safe. Visit our relevant website section, to check your local UV levels. During high UV days, and during the hottest part of the day, keep your skin extra safe by avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunglasses, hats and light clothing can help keep skin away from damaging UV rays.

Use the Right Products
Some people avoid sunscreen because they don’t like the texture, but in truth they probably haven’t found the right product. Sunscreen technology has come a long way in recent years, and good quality products no longer resemble the thick, greasy creams of our childhood.

Carroten has a range of sunscreen products that come in a milk texture, either sprayed on or straight from the bottle. Choosing a thinner texture makes the sun care products easy to spread and non-greasy, which makes application stress-free and therefore more likely to become a regular part of a skincare routine. It’s important to make it easier on yourself by choosing products that work for you.