What you need to know about sunscreen

What you need to know about sunscreen

26 May 2015

This summer, the most important part of your Skin Care regime is your SPF.  Using the correct sun protection is not just great for Anti-Ageing, it’s also necessary for your health. A recent survey by the British Association of Dermatologists found that a huge 72 per cent of respondents had been sunburnt in the last 12 months, almost doubling their risk of developing skin cancer.

So here’s what you need to know about sunscreen…

  • UVA and UVB rays affect skin differently

UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are responsible for premature skin ageing. UVB rays on the other hand are sunburn causers.

  • Check your SPF for UVA protection

You may wonder how you can be sure that your sunscreen contains the right UVA protection. Experts recommend a minimum of 3-star UVA protection so be sure to check the bottle for this vital information.

  • SPF 30+ is recommended

Put away that tanning oil and steer clear of low SPFs as they won’t offer adequate sun protection, and are likely to lead to burning. Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is recommended for best overall protection.

  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to going out

Many people make the mistake of waiting until they’re outside to apply sunscreen. Instead it should be applied at least 15 minutes before going outside to prevent it from evaporating before it has penetrated the skin. Be sure to apply your sunscreen to all exposed areas of your body, using a teaspoon of sunscreen per area.

  • Sunscreen has an expiry date

Look carefully and you’ll see an expiry date on your sunscreen. It’s important to be aware that your sunscreen’s protection power decreases over time. As a general rule of thumb, you should buy a new sunscreen every summer.

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