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The importance of sun protection for men and women

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By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a measure of how well protected the skin is from UV rays every day of the year not just summer months.

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The main propose of sunscreen is to protect you from UVA and UVB rays, but also from IR, infrared radiation.

This comes from computer screens and phones, amongst other things, and I'm mentioning these as we use them everyday. If you spend money on face creams and having facials, you will understand that to get the full package/results, just how important it is to wear sunscreen. Don't panic, it's never too late to start.

Everyone is on a mission for younger, healthier, glowing skin, male and female. It stands to reason that you must wear SPF. Sun can damage the skin's lower levels if burnt; think of it like a hot water burn. The skin has to work on repairing the damage, instead of maintaining anti-ageing and optimum hydration levels. It takes time to get the right hydration levels back after sunburn as this can cause irreversible skin damage such as early ageing and worst of all, skin cancer.

UVC rays are the most dangerous to us, but natural UVC never gets through the ozone layer, thankfully. UVB rays penetrate the outside layer of our skin, but UVA rays have the potential to penetrate multiple layers.

I am asked all the time about the car widow when driving, can the sun get in? Yes, contrary to popular belief, you should wear sunscreen inside as well as outside especially if you are farming or driving for a living. Truck/taxi drivers have said they feel their skin nearest the window has aged or is much drier than the other side as UV rays can penetrate through glass and reach your skin.

The best way to make sure your skin is protected from the sun 24/7 is to put on sunscreen everyday. To make sure that your skin is protected throughout the day reapply it every two hours. The reason is that all humans sweat. All humans have dirt on their faces and this can dilute the SPF that you apply. If you wear sunscreen all the time your skin will be safe.

Always use a separate sunscreen to your moisturiser or make-up as this is the only way you can be sure that you have the correct amount of SPF on.

If you have any beauty questions call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Sam Maguire to feature at next week’s AugustFest

Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races […]

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Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races offering patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.

With lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Thursday and Friday are evening meetings and Saturday is an afternoon event with all race cards offering seven thrilling races for spectators to enjoy each day.

Thursday is Sam Maguire evening. And to mark Kerry’s recent success and Killarney Races bi-centenary celebration, Killarney Races are offering an amazing deal on the opening day of their three-day event. On Thursday August 18 patrons will enjoy admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20! The first race is approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. Come early, bring along your jersey and camera, it’s going to be a great evening.

Friday will see the new entrance officially open, as racing officials and elected representatives unlock the gate to the next 200 years at the popular Killarney track, first race at approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. With music on the lawn from Donal Lucey and from Tom Cats in the Jim Culloty bar after racing the après racing party is sure to be a ‘winner alright’!

Saturday is AYU Ladies Day and all about the glamour as fashionistas bring the curtain down on AugustFest in fine style. AYU is an Irish based and Irish owned cosmetics company set up by renowned make-up artist Suzie O’Neill. With over €1,500 in prizes for the most stylish ladies to dress up for, what’s not to love! Gates open from 12 noon with the first off at approximately 2pm.

“At AugustFest we will be celebrating a major milestone here at Killarney Races, 200 years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations and share in this historic moment with us as we officially open the gates on the next 200 years! It’s a rare opportunity to be able to say ‘I was there the day they celebrated the bi-centenary’ anywhere and what a great story to share with the grandchildren in years to come. On that note, we are looking forward to welcoming multiple generations of families during AugustFest, so make a plan and come along and join us for what will be a most remarkable festival at our beautiful boutique racecourse this August!”

The feature race on the opening day of AugustFest is the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (listed), the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap of €50,000 and the Gain Advantage Race Series. On Friday, the day two feature is the Grade B Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 and the EBF Novice Hurdle, with four competitive chase races. The final day of the festival the feature is the Grade B Handicap Chase of €50,000.

Adult tickets are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the “Punter’s Pack” is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options.

For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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Jessie Buckley’s album shortlisted for prestigious award

Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is […]

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Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year.

Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is one of 12 albums shortlisted for the prestigious award which will be revealed in London on September 8.

“Neither of us really knew each other and it was actually a blessing in disguise because we met each other in the moment and trusted each other, took a leap of faith and in a way come in just the way we were and not because of who we are,” she told a press conference at the awards announcement in London last week.

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