It’s May, and the sun is becoming stronger. So if you haven’t thought about sun-care yet this year.. now is the time to start.
Premature signs of ageing are often caused by sun damage but when the correct precautions are taken, these can easily be avoided. Even sitting in our cars, we are at risk of skin damage from the sun’s UVA rays. Studies show that the damage can be so dramatic that, over time, the side of the face exposed to the rays can end up looking up to seven years older than the other! (1)
However – with 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year, 10% of which constitute its deadliest form, melanoma – fine lines and wrinkles should be the least of our worries.
After spending the winter months layered in clothes, naturally our skin is going to be is at its most vulnerable during the spring. So here are a few tips, tricks and some of our hero products to prepare you for protection throughout spring and summer.
Even if it doesn’t feel hot enough to be slathering on the suncream in the mornings, ALWAYS choose a moisturiser or foundation with an SPF of at least 15. That way you will have advanced protection whether you are in or out of the sun. And for those of you with paler skin, or if the sun is extra hot then opt for a moisturiser specifically designed for UV protection. We love Khiels’ Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50, which utilizes a high level of sun filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl Xl to provide the skin with effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection (also a great option if you have sensitive skin!).
With all the excitement of the warm weather, we forget how easy it is to damage our skin. Especially with the first warmth of sunshine on our skin, it’s difficult not to get carried away. So even if it’s just a couple of hours in the park, you really mustn’t forget to protect all body parts on show.
If you could see under UV, you could see where the protection is missing. Nivea shows shocking images taken by a UV camera lens, and you can see how much difference sun-cream really makes, and how badly our skin is left exposed without it. And not all sun-creams are the same so head to Boots for Nivea’s range.
And remember, skin damage isn’t the only kind of damage caused by the sun. Extensive exposure to sunlight increases the risk of a type of cataract and is also linked to pterygia (growths on the surface of the eye) (2).
So make sure to invest in a pair of decent sunglasses that has either the CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013), a UV 400 label, or a statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection (2).
And this doesn’t mean spending a fortune. ASOS is great when shopping for stylish but affordable sunglasses as they specify the UV protection under ‘info’ for all brands. We love the Warehouse Aviator Sunglasses pictured on the right, which specify total UV protection with a UV 400 label.