Everything is better when the sun is shining, although it’s important to stay safe, too. Y goes to Kaya Skin Clinic for some expert advice
Year-round sunshine means we’re able to enjoy the benefits of a perpetual summer in Oman. Sun, sea and sand are all part of the package, but coming home with sunburn is one surefire way to spoil the fun. Keeping your smiles sunny and skin safe is easy if you follow a couple of cardinal rules.
The first rule of sun safety is pretty much a given, but just to hammer it home, don’t skip the sun cream.
“You should never be in the sun without sun cream,” says expert dermatologist Dr Maria Vega of Muscat’s Kaya Skin clinic, who recommends a minimum SPF 30 cream regardless of your skin pigment. Fairer people may want to use an SPF 50, however, Dr Maria explains there isn’t much difference. What’s essential is early application, ideally 20 to 30 minutes before exposure to the sun. To keep yourself and your family protected, look out for broad-spectrum creams that include both UVA and UVB protection. Cover up where possible and be sure to re-apply sun cream every couple of hours.
As we all know, weekends spent swimming and playing football on Oman’s beautiful beaches can often lead to things getting a little sweaty. Kaya’s newly developed Advanced Range SPF 30 “Sweat-Proof” sun cream gives up to eight hours’ protection without feeling heavy on the skin, making it perfect for days when you’re in and out of the sea or being active outside.
Sun cream is by far the most important factor in protecting your skin from the sun, but seeking shade and keeping yourself covered wherever possible are also both advisable. Young skin is particularly sensitive, so be sure to use a higher SPF on children. Kids are forever moving around, so you should re-apply sun cream every few hours, regardless of the factor you use.
While cosmetic issues like hyper pigmentation can be a worry for some, what’s more concerning is the risk of skin cancer. You should check your skin regularly for any changes and if anything looks strange it’s always best to err on the side of caution and seek medical assistance.
Sunshine keeps us all happy and Dr Maria recommends getting your daily dose of vitamin D in the morning or evening, when the sun’s rays aren’t as strong. “Avoid the hours between 11am and 3pm,” she advises. “But 10 minutes in the morning and in the evening can be beneficial.”
Q: “I have dark patches of skin all over my face and it really upsets me as they aren’t just little dots like freckles and I sometimes feel quite self-conscious.”
A: Patches of darker skin are particularly common among darker-skinned patients. Exposure to the sun causes the skin to produce excess melanin, which results in the patches. I would recommend using an exfoliator as this will remove some of the melanin and allow for regrowth. An uneven skin tone can also be renewed with chemical peels. Here at Kaya, we offer one called Revive. It requires a couple of sessions ,but is effective. Such peels will lighten some of the patches so they become less noticeable. Always remember to use a good sun cream in order to prevent further darkening.
Oman’s climate means we all have to take extra care of our skin. Luckily, Kaya Skin Clinic is on hand with its specialist range and we’re offering one lucky Y reader the chance to win with our “Happy Moments in the Sun” competition.
We want you to show us how easy it is to have safe fun in the sun. To enter, just send us a photo of you and your family or friends enjoying the outdoors, while being protected from the rays.
The best picture will win a bottle of Kaya’s Sweat-Proof Sunscreen, the first of its kind in Oman. Designed by dermatologists with an SPF 30+, the cream is water and sweat resistant, providing a broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays for up to eight hours.
Non-greasy, the sunscreen allows the skin to breathe and is the perfect protection formula for sports or a day at the beach.
To be in with a chance of winning a bottle, send your happy snap to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on Y’s Facebook page and hashtag it with #happysunmoments or our Instagram account – don’t forget to follow the account @ymagazine and tag your photos #ymagazine.
Entries must be in by Monday, October 13 (late entries won’t be accepted). Don’t forget to include your name and contact details.