The well initiated amongst you will know that SPF protection is key all year round not just for summer! But as we creep into sunnier climes at home and abroad, it should be no shock that we need to take a more proactive and heavy duty approach when it comes to protecting our skin. Both types of UV rays—UVA and UVB—are invisible and damaging, causing sunburn, premature ageing and skin cancer.
There are obvious measures we can implement when directly in the sun’s path but we need to ensure that they are done properly and with consistency. Slapping on sunscreen in the am and thinking nothing of it until that late afternoon siesta is not the way to go. Below we’ve included some top tips so that you don’t get caught out this summer. Golden glow is the look we are going fir this summer, lobster red is not in season.
- Apply sunscreen everyday! Even if it’s cloudy. It’s often when we are in the shade or the sky is overcast that we underestimate the sun’s ability and get exposed to skin damage and burning.
- Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Use SPF 30 and above and if your seaside swelling ensure that it is waterproof. Travel sized sunscreen is great for having in your handbag so that you can reapply every couple of hours.
- Your face needs protection too! Look out for face creams and make up with SPF protection, most brands are astute and recognise it as a key component in their products.
- Be mindful about when you’re out in the sun and how long for. Between the hours of 10am and 4pm the sun’s rays are strongest and can cause the most damage. There’s no need to avoid being out but be cautious and sun ready if you are.
- Applying antioxidants to your skin can help prevent sun damage. Products containing antioxidants such as green tea, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C and retinol, a vitamin A derivative are known to quell the undesirable effects of sun exposure.
- Supersize your shades. Go for frames that are big enough to cover the skin around your eyes and have polarised lenses with UV filters.