I can’t stress the importance of sunscreen enough. It needs to be a fundamental part of our skincare routine. We need to get into the habit of wearing it.
Sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer are just some of the harmful effects.
WHAT IS SPF? (Sun Protection Factor)
In a nutshell, it’s protection for your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. That’s UVA and UVB rays.
The UVB rays are the ones where we see the damage straightaway – the redness/burns. The UVA rays are the ones that slowly work away at our skin and we don’t see the effects until it’s too late.
BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen protects against both these rays. Ensure you see this on the label before you buy.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Before you pop on anything, pop on some sunscreen. You need to be looking at an SPF of at least 20. Personally, I use SPF30 every day and SPF50 if I plan on being out in the sun for a long period of time.
However, the difference between SPF30 and SPF50 is only a couple of percent, in terms of protection.
‘I HARDLY GO OUT’
Unless you’re in a room with no windows all day, you still need to apply sunscreen, as UVA goes through glass.
‘MY MAKEUP HAS SPF SO I DON’T NEED TO USE SUNSCREEN SEPARATELY’
Unfortunately, that’s not true. Dermatologists recommend to use a teaspoon of sunscreen and that’s just for the face, neck and ears! That’s a lot of product. Even if your foundation does have SPF, it’s unlikely you would use a teaspoon every day.
I know that sounds like a lot but you don’t get the protection without applying that amount. A lot of the sunburn we experience is down to the fact we haven’t applied our sunscreen properly.
I pop half the amount on first and make sure it’s all soaked in and then apply the second half.
I am currently using the Nivea Protect and Moisture sunscreen but there are loads out there. A lot of the highend brands also sell SPF creams to be worn under makeup.
I know most people are not aware about the amount we should be applying so I really hope this post has been helpful.
Remember – Stay Protected. Wear Sunscreen.
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