Sun protection - what to look out for

We’re all well versed by now in the importance of sun care – and with the summer starting to heat up, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about sun protection. Shockingly, a poll of 1500 women aged 18 and over revealed that 23 per cent of women fail to wear sun protection on a sunny day – and of those who do, a huge 83 per cent do not apply it correctly. So here’s what to look out for when it comes to sun protection.You should still use sunscreen on a cloudy dayThe sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate through clouds, meaning that it’s still possible for your skin to become damaged even if it isn’t sunny. Patchy clouds actually increase UV levels, as the radiation gets reflected off the edge and then onto the ground – this makes applying sunscreen even more important on cloudy days.Use SPF50 on your faceFaces require extra protection in the sun, so even if you always go for a lower sun protection factor on your body, you should always use at least SPF50 on your face.Both UVA and UVB rays are damagingYou may have noticed that your bottle of sunscreen claims to protect against UVA and UVB rays – this is very important. UVA rays damage your skin’s DNA, causing premature ageing, while UVB rays are responsible for sun burn.Sunscreen needs to be reapplied regularlyYou should always apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before spending time out in the sun. If you’re staying outside for a prolonged period of time, you should reapply your sunscreen every two hours – remember to reapply it as soon as you come of out the swimming pool too.Avoid using products with Retinol in the summerRetinol actually makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage so during the summer months or when on holiday, it is recommended to avoid using products which contain Retinol (vitamin A) or only use it with an SPF. What SPF do you use when out in the sun? Let us know your sun care tips on Facebook.