Posted by Heather McCartney

There are different types of Photosensitivity, but the three most commons are:

1) Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) – Being the most common skin problem – related to sun exposure - after sunburns. It usually appears as an itchy rash on sun-exposed skin.

 2) Photoallergic eruption – Which is caused by the effect of sunlight on skin that has chemicals on it, like sunscreens or ointments, or sometimes the ingestion of certain drugs can also trigger this condition.

3) Solar urticarial – It usually manifests with large, itchy red bumps that appear after only a few minutes of exposure to sunlight and they will typically last for minutes or hours.

If you ever experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, we will always advise you to go to your dermatologist for a better diagnose and treatment, but the first thing to do is to protect your skin from the exposure to sunlight. 

We all must avoid excessive sun exposure, but those who suffer from sun allergies should be extra careful and take more precautions in their daily life than people who don’t.  

Here are some basic recommendations that are easy to follow and that will help you enjoy your love for the outdoors while keeping your skin safe from the SUN.  

  • Wear UPF protective clothing, which is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body. All UV COUTURE products provide a UPF rating of 50+ protection, which is the highest you’ll find in the market. We have a wide range of shirts, dresses and cover ups that are versatile enough to take you from the office to the dance floor, so no matter what your life style, we’ve got you covered!
  • Always apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher before going outside. And remember, it is very important that your sunscreen offers a broad spectrum of protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Probably the most common recommendation is to limit exposure to the sun when is at its peak, usually when UV light is strongest- between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • We also recommend monitoring the daily UV Index forecasts for your area (there are some great apps you can download to help you with that) so you have a better understanding of the measures you need to take before going outside.

Now that you know a bit more about sun allergies associated with sun exposure and we’ve provided you with some great tips on how to prevent it while still having fun in the sun- make sure you share this post with your friends and family so that they can learn a bit more too- and be sun safe!

For more information on how to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, you can visit www.melanomanetwork.ca & www.uvcouture.com

We wish you a happy Spring & Summer season full of sunshine & healthy skin!

The UV Couture Family xo

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