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Check Your Cupboards for Sun Sensitivity Products

Check Your Cupboards for Sun Sensitivity Products Warns Leading NZ Sensitive Skin And Sun Protection Expert

Oasis Beauty, New Zealand’s leading expert in sensitive skin and sun protection warns that heat wave sufferers should check their cupboards for sun sensitivity products before venturing outside.

As New Zealanders consult Google in record numbers for sunburn remedies, the Canterbury-based manufacturer of the signature brand, Oasis Sun SPF30, says many people are unaware that they may be using products, ranging from citrus fruits, celery, parsley and parsnips to artificial sweeteners and a host of common medications, which raise their risk of sun sensitivity.

Oasis founder, Stephanie Evans says: `As New Zealanders we have had it drummed into us now that we have to take care of our skin, making sure we use an effective cleansing routine, a good moisturiser and the best sunscreen you can afford. But what many of us don’t realise is that the contents of our kitchen cupboards and bathroom cabinets may be increasing our risk of sun sensitivity.’

She warns: `It might be obvious to check the labels on your prescription drugs, but many over-the-counter pain medicines, herbal remedies such as St John’s Wort, perfume, exfoliators and some poorly formulated sunscreens, as well as some favourite summer foods may increase sensitivity to the sun and the likelihood of skin damage.’

Sensitivity may be a phototoxic reaction, when the UV radiation reacts with an ingested substance to form compounds that damage the skin. Sunburn on the exposed skin can develop in moments or may take hours to show. A photoallergic reaction occurs when the UV radiation reacts with a substance on the skin. Hives or blisters can show almost immediately you are exposed to the sun but may take days to develop and may spread to other areas.

Stephanie advises: `Because it is impossible to avoid exposure to the sun, if you do develop sensitivity you should always choose an SPF30 sunscreen. Use more than you think you will need and apply a good half hour before you go outside. Don't forget to reapply every two hours, straight after swimming or any sweat inducing exercise. Remember that you can get sunburn while you are driving or sitting at a desk in an office – UV light can penetrate window glass.

`At work, at play or simply chilling out, as our climate changes and we are exposed to more sunshine, it makes sense to put sun protection first.’

Oasis Sun SPF30 is formulated for the whole family including babies and children:

• Made for sensitive skin

• Suitable for face and body

• Non greasy & non whitening

• Does not stain clothes

• No colour or fragrance

• Paraben free & non-nano

• Cruelty free & suitable for vegans

• Made in New Zealand

It contains contains 94% natural/organic ingredients including jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E to moisturise against wind, water and sunlight.

More information can be found at, along with a list of retailers stocking Oasis Be


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