How to protect your skin in the New Zealand sun

Don't neglect your skin this summer.

Ah, summer. It's a beautiful time to spend in New Zealand, lounging on the sandy shores of one of our many beaches. The sun's out and shining, turning your skin a lovely golden brown shade while you make the most of your summer break.

However, at the end of a fun day, there's one thing that's less than ideal – sunburn.

It's not only unsightly, turning your skin that dreaded shade of lobster, but also very painful. And, if you have a summer job or are attending job interviews, you'll have no choice but to explain that you skipped on crucial sun protection – not a good look, literally!

Sun in New Zealand

Even with no visible symptoms from exposure to sunlight, UV rays can still affect the health of our skin.

During many times of the year in New Zealand, your skin can easily burn even on a cloudy day. It's the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight that damage the DNA in our skin, causing redness. In response, our skin will peel off in dry layers, but it's a painful process that can take around a week or longer to heal completely. Even with no visible symptoms from exposure to sunlight, these UV rays are still affecting the health of our skin.

Whilst the ozone layer offers some protection, UV rays can and will penetrate through clouds to affect us. In summer, when there are plenty more days of clear skies, it's vital that we protect ourselves, when going out.

Slip, slop, slap

Summer is a time to relax from your studies - but stay safe from the sun too.Summer is a time to relax from your studies – but stay safe from the sun too.

SunSmart NZ advises that we take extra sun precautions between the months of September to April.

There are many things you can do when out and about, visiting the sights in Auckland. First, you can slip into clothes with long sleeves. However, this isn't a foolproof solution to keeping those rays out, and it can be stifling being wrapped up under the sun!

Next, it's vital that you protect all exposed areas of skin with sunscreen. There are many options out there, from formulas for sensitive skin to varying strengths. You'll need at least an SPF (sun protection factor) rating of 30, and reapply every two hours. If you're going to take a dip, invest in some water-resistant sun lotion and apply a fresh coat every 30 minutes.

Lastly, don't forget your accessories! Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses will never go out of fashion, and help to keep you safe from New Zealand's sun too.

So, organise a get-together with friends from your study course and head to the beach to celebrate your summer break. For more information about summer in New Zealand, get in touch with the team at AIS today.

Summer is a great time to catch up on socialising.Summer is a great time to catch up on socialising.