'Wear sunscreen all year-round' to protect skin

10 November 2011

Facial skin is affected by the environment, general health and hormonal changes which can lead to early signs of ageing that are fixable with cosmetic surgery, one expert has suggested.

The importance of wearing sunscreen during the winter months has been highlighted by expert dermatologist, Dr Helen Robertshaw, who mentioned that a moisturising lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) that can help reduce the damage caused by low sun rays is vital.

She added that the effects of ageing could be accelerated by increased exposure to the sun even during the colder months when people may think no damage can be done.

Dr Robertshaw added: "An SPF 50 with good ultraviolet-A [UVA] cover is required and also apply a sunscreen to the lips. Your skincare regime should change according to how your skin changes."

In summer people are more aware of the need to apply sunscreen regularly in order to protect their skin, but it is just as important to apply it during the winter season to prevent ageing signs.

Stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones also suggested that people wear sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around their eyes.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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