North Shore Times : January 11th 2011
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 11, 2011 NEWS UV radiation causes damage to your skin such as sunburn and premature aging. But did you know that you can be affected by UV radiation whether it's cloudy or sunny, hot or cold? The best way to tell whether you will be affected on any given dayistofndouttheUV Index. The Ultraviolet Radiation Index or UV Index is a measure of the intensity of ultraviolet radiation from the sun in a particular place at a particular time. The higher the UV Index number, the stronger the UV radiation will be on your body. Due to the ozone hole, the closeness of the sun during our summer months and our clear, unpolluted skies, New Zealand's summer UV radiation levels are around 40% higher than in Europe. "The UV Index ranges from 1 to 11+" says Zaid, pharmacist at Sunnynook Care Chemist. "At level 1and2,theUVlevelis low and you can safely stay outside with low protection. When the UVI is more than 3 you will need to use sun protection when spend- ing long periods outside. At levels 6 to 7, protec- tion becomes essential. You'll need sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and a shirt. Levels 8 to 10 are considered very high and you'll need to seek shade between 11 am and 4pm as well as maximum sun protection. At 11 or higher, the UV Index is considered extreme. Activities should be re-scheduled for early morning and evening and full sun protection is required." The UV Index is usually at it's peak in New Zealand during summer through to April. It also changes through the day, with the highest reading at about 1.30pm. Zaid is a pharmacist at Sunnynook Care Chemist located in the Sunnynook Shopping Centre in Forrest Hill. What is an SPF and why most of us aren't getting the protection on the label? And why does driving in a car with closed windows still put you at risk of skin cancer? Care Chemist helps you to make sense of your everyday suncare choi- ces. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. "It gives an indication of how much protection the sunscreen has against the burning rays of the sun" says Sue Jan, pharmacist at Albany Village Care Chemist. "The higher the number, the greater your protection. Our latest brochure helps you choose which SPF is best for your skin type." It's an amazing fact that most of us using sunscreen today, may be getting less than 10% of the sun protection we need, simply because we don't apply the required amount1. Studies show that we're only applying quarter to half of what we need. Applying quarter of the required amount of a SPF 30+ sunscreen may provide you with a signifcantly lower SPF. Ask your Care Chemist pharmacist about the correct amount to apply and we will explain an easy and simple way for you to ensure you are getting adequate sun protection this summer. It's called the teaspoon rule. UVA rays are responsible for wrinkles and premature aging, while UVB rays cause sunburn. Both can cause skin cancers. The most protective products are referred to as broad spectrum and protect against both UVA and UVB rays. The glass used in cars does block the UVB rays that cause burning. However, unless it is specially tinted, it does not block the UVA rays, which over time, may cause skin cancer. Research has shown long term sun damage occurs more often in drivers than passengers possibly because of lack of protection through open windows or be- cause side window glass does not screen UV rays2 "So remember to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and while you're driving too" says Anthony, pharmacist at Northcote Care Chemist. "Babies and toddlers should always be out of the sun and can be protected with a window shade visor while in the car." Care Chemist has also got lots of great tips on how you can get the most out of your sunscreen this summer. "It's best to apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going out into the sun" says Sam, pharmacist at Greenhithe Care Chemist, "because that's how long sunscreen takes to start working. You always need to re-apply every two hours. Even water resistant sunscreen may be removed by towel drying so make sure you re-apply after getting out of the water." Of course remember to cover up as well. Hats, shirts and sunglasses all help to increase your sun protection. For shirts and trousers, materials with a tighter weave and darker colours protect best. Hats with a brim or caps with faps are better than baseball caps at covering your ears and neck as well as your face. Try to choose sunglasses that are close ftting, wrap-around and meet the joint Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZ1067). Seek shade, especially between 11am and 4pm. But remember that you can still get sunburnt in the shade, so the rest of your sun protection remains vital. Make sense of your sun care today at your local Care Chemist. Sue Jan is a pharmacist at Albany Village Care Chemist, 7/231 State Highway 17 in Albany Village, Anthony is a pharmacist at Northcote Care Chemist at 1 Pearn Place in the Northcote Shopping Centre and Sam is a pharmacist at Greenhithe Care Chemist at 2/6-8 Greenhithe Rd in Greenhithe. 1 Faurschou A, Wulf H. The relation between sun protection factor and amount of sunscreen applied in vivo. British Journal of Dermatology 2007;156:716-719 2 Butler S, Fosko S. Increased prevalence of left-sided skin cancers. J Am Acad Dermatol, published online Mar 2010. Making Sense of Suncare Sue Jan, pharmacist Albany Village Care Chemist SunSense Ultra & SunSense Sport Milk SunSense Sunscreens 500ml Exclusive to Care Chemist Not everything makes sense like SunSense. 10% OFF Offer ends 30/1/11. While stocks last. Understanding the UV Index Zaid, pharmacist Sunnynook Care Chemist Sam, pharmacist Greenhithe Care Chemist Anthony, pharmacist Northcote Care Chemist Advertorial Raising funds for Africa Global minded: Glenfield Intermediate teacher Tracy Cappel, right, inspired her school, including pupils Mimi Brannon, left, and Lauren Daniel, to fundraise for a children's charity in Tanzania. Photo: MICHELLE ROBINSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON A Glenfield Intermediate teacher s passion for Africa has seen pupils combine their talents for a charity in Tanzania. A concert with performances by the school s kapa haka group and cheerleaders as well as Bol- lywood and belly dancers and special guests, Kiwi band For Da Grind, was held to raise funds for the Watoto Kwanza Project. Teacher Tracy Cappel organised the concert along with a raffle, silent auction and mufti day in the hope of raising $1000 for the children s charity in Tanzania. The funds will go towards building a mobile classroom education centre and breakfast club for children living in slums, she says. Miss Cappel is a regular donor to Child Fund in Africa and jumped at the opportunity to fundraise through the Global Volunteer Network. She and her partner are plan- ning a trip to Kenya in 2012. Her year seven pupils Mimi Brannon, 12, and Lauren Daniel, 11, were also been inspired to fundraise. I really want to get out there and help give them a better education, Mimi says. It s not too late to contribute to Glenfield Intermediate s efforts. Visit www.eatsothey can.org/host/tracy-cappel to make a donation.
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