- An Australian scientist urges everyone to wear sunscreen in the car
- Hannah English shared a shocking video of the sun damage to the face
- The driver’s right side had much more red sunspots compared to the left side
- The sun damage was revealed after she had laser treatment
- “I relied on the SPF in my makeup for several years,” said Hannah
A scientist is urging all Australians to wear sunscreen and sunglasses while driving after she shared a shocking video of sun damage to one side of her face.
Hannah English is an avid applicator of SPF50+ sunscreen, but admitted that for several years she “relied on the SPF in her makeup” which led to sun damage.
in brief video posted to Instagram, Hannah showed both sides of her face after laser treatment — and the right side of the driver’s window had a lot more red sunspots than the left.
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Australian scientist Hannah English (pictured) shared a shocking video of the sun damage to her face after a laser facial
The left side of her face (pictured, left) had a few spots on her jawline and under the eye, while the right side – the driver’s side – (right) had spots all over her cheek, jawline and under the eye.
“So all the spots got a little darker before disappearing after a few days,” said Hannah, explaining why the spots were red after the laser treatment.
The left side of her face had a few spots on her jawline and under the eye, while the right side (the driver’s side) had spots all over her cheek, jawline and under the eye.
“There’s so much more. Please wear sunscreen and sunglasses when in the car!’ she said.
Hannah said you can’t rely on makeup with SPF to protect you because of the amount you’re supposed to apply.
According to the Cancer Councilsunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming, sweating, or toweling.
It should also be applied for 20 minutes before being exposed to UV sunlight.
Top tips for using sunscreen:
* Apply to clean, dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun to give it time to come into contact with your skin. Reapply just before going out – you’ll increase the amount applied and be more likely to get the SPF benefit listed.
* Cover all parts of the body that are not protected by clothing (don’t forget your ears, the back of your neck, the backs of your hands and the tops of your feet).
* Apply evenly and don’t rub in too much – most sunscreens will absorb into the outer layer of the skin and don’t need to be rubbed in vigorously.
* Reapply at least once every two hours and after swimming or exercising.
* Think beyond the beach and pool – use sunscreen when going outside for extended periods of time, such as to the park, a lunchtime walk to the shops, sports or gardening.
* Store your sunscreen at a temperature lower than 30 degrees Celsius. Leaving it in the glove compartment of your car or in the sun can cause it to lose its effectiveness. Keep it in the air with the drinks, in the shade or wrapped in a towel.
* Do not use sunscreens that have passed their expiration date as they may have lost their effectiveness.
Within five hours, the video was viewed more than 32,000 times and many were in disbelief.
‘Omg I don’t even want to think about my sun mistakes,’ one person wrote, another added: ‘Wow, I need new sunglasses.’
Other skin care experts also wished they started wearing sunscreen earlier in life and thanked Hannah for sharing the information.
“I was convincing a 24-year-old at work this week to wear sunscreen, and I told her I wish I had started earlier (25, I’m 32 now) because old damage shows up as you get older. I should show her this!’ wrote a woman.
“So satisfying to work back that sun damage. Thanks for sharing your journey and using it to illustrate an important point about sun protection! Looks like you’re going to get a great result,” said another.