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Have fun in the sun - safely

The long hot days of summer will soon be with us. The sun's rays make us feel good, and they also make us look good. There is a lot of controversy whether we need to avoid the sun at all costs, or whether sun in moderation is good for you. Too much exposure may lead to skin cancer, premature ageing and age spots, while too little sun exposure may lead to a deficiency of vitamin D, something I discovered this year when I went for a general check-up.

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Time-tested skin savers

Here are some essential skin-saving tips:

• Don't sleep with makeup on, as it can trap dirt on your skin and provide a platform for bacteria that can cause breakouts and infections.
• Drinking sufficient water will help keep your complexion radiant. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Exercise boosts circulation to the skin and helps expel impurities, which also leads to better-looking skin.
• Pace yourself so you don't become exhausted, and try to get at least 7 to 9 hours sleep a night.

Make time for the basics...

Know your skin type and tailor your skin-care regime accordingly, remembering that a few minutes of care at the beginning and the end of the day, every day, is what really makes the difference.

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