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Here’s how to protect your skin when it doesn’t get along with the sun

Sun’s out, parks are full and ice-creams are being served.

For many of us, it’s the perfect opportunity to feel the sun on our skin, get that much needed Vitamin D and warm up after months of being holed up at home during the winter.

However, what happens if your skin doesn’t get along with the heat, or the sun’s shining rays?

If you’re like me, then going out in the sun is a hot problem if you don’t do the right things – from eczema flare-ups to dry skin galore.

According to Ridah Syed, Senior Medical Aesthetician at Skinfluencer, those with weakened, reactive skin will have a compromised barrier, leading to more problems in the sun.

‘This weakened state of the skin’s own defences puts you more at risk when you’re in the sun, no matter what your skin tone,’ Ridah tells

‘For this reason, you should always wear sunscreen, even in winter.’

Sunscreen is the one thing in your skincare routine you should have – whether you have sun-damaged skin or can go a whole day in no shade.

Generally, the most important benefit of sunscreen is that it protects the skin from cancer. For sensitive skin, ‘pigmentation is very likely’ if you are not protecting it.

Ashley Wady, Director of Bossface Cosmeceuticals, also recommends using a ‘broad spectrum SPF every day’.

‘The sun ranks as one of the most common flare ups for sensitive and rosacea prone skin types’, Ashley tells us.

‘Keep a broad spectrum SPF35 and above on your skin and keep reapplying throughout the day. If possible, opt for a mineral based formulation which is slightly kinder to this skin type.’

What is eczema?

Atopic eczema, the most common type of eczema, causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked and sore.

Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread inflamed skin all over the body.

Inflamed skin can become red on lighter skin, and darker brown, purple or grey on darker skin. This can also be more difficult to see on darker skin.

Although atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in children.

People with atopic eczema usually have periods when symptoms are less noticeable, as well as periods when symptoms become more severe (flare-ups).

See a GP if you have symptoms of atopic eczema.

‘If you suffer from inflammation conditions, you could become swollen and suffer from heat-induced breakouts,’ Ridah says. ‘For those suffering from photosensitive eczema you could experience peeling and more dryness as well.’

People living with eczema are even more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays.

‘Some people find that their eczema improves with exposure to sunlight,’ Ridah says. ‘On the other hand, others experience a worsening of their condition.’

The best solution to this is to avoid the sun – as much as you can.

Of course, nothing blocks 100% of the sun – and we can’t start acting like vampires in broad daylight.

So, Ridah suggests ‘wearing protective clothing and a hat’ along with your sunscreen, while having a cooling water spray at hand.

If you can’t stay out of the sun completely, try to avoid times when the sun is strongest.

‘Limit your time in the sun and take shade between 11am and 3pm,’ suggests Ridah.

When it comes to products, try to look for things that soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

Ridah recommends using products such as Synchrorose to soothe the skin, cool the skin down and reduce inflammation. Of course, make sure you check with a healthcare professional before trying out a new product to treat a skin condition.


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