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Why you should never use perfume before going out in the sun

By Mirror | Updated Thu, May 11th 2017 at 10:35 GMT +3
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We all want to smell our best, but we risk doing ourselves some serious damage.

Perfume can help to disguise a multitude of unsavoury sins.

Whether you just need a little freshener or decided to forgo having a shower in favour of a few more minutes in bed, a bottle of fragrance can make a huge difference.

When it’s sunny, we may find ourselves relying on our favourite scent a little more than usual.

No one wants to spend the summer months in a state of paranoia that they might smell a bit funky , but if you're tempted to dowse yourself in perfume before you leave the house, then think again.

The combination of perfume (or aftershave) and sun exposure is bad news.

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According to dermatologist Chanele Rosa: "Spraying perfume or aftershave on your chest and neck and going straight out in the sun can cause a skin condition called Poikiloderma of Civatte."

"The appearance can be described as mottled, hyper and hypo pigmentation alongside broken capillaries," she tells The Sun .

You may not have heard of this condition before, however it can occur not just as a result of using perfume then going out in the sunshine.

Chanele explains damage can occur from using a hairdryer or using a sauna.

"The use of saunas, steamers or holding the hairdryer too close to our face may cause high colour or little thread veins to appear.

"This is a result of the heat from these particular appliances."

"TV screens, laptops and mobile phones can also be harmful to the skin as they emit a blue light known as HEV (high-energy visible light) that is as dangerous, if not more so, than sun damage," Chanele continues.

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The dermatologist revealed the most effective treatment was to use sunscreen, which should be SF30 at the very least.



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