Summer’s around the corner, and you know what that means – a lot more time outdoors, be it at the beach, hiking your favourite trail or simply having a cocktail with friends in the sunshine. The warmth re-energises us, and in the moment, we can be so quick to forget about the dangers of prolonged sun exposure. But that’s what you have us for: we’re here to bring you some good ol’ summer-friendly sun care tips and remind you to top up on your SPF. FYI: You should be wearing SPF come rain or shine, by the way.
Dermatologists and medical experts always stress the importance of wearing sunscreen. But, why? First and foremost, daily sunscreen application decreases the chances of skin cancer, along with sunburn, which results in skin inflammation. Then, there’s premature ageing, possible hyperpigmentation formation (this is where patches of skin become darker within the surrounding skin) and irreparable damage to capillaries. Skin conditions such as rosacea can worsen exponentially.
Putting your skin through all of the above is unacceptable.
So, as you’ve probably guessed, adding a trusted SPF (sun protection factor) to your skincare routine is a must. A non-negotiable. Ideally, you should be applying a quarter of a teaspoon of sunscreen to your face every two hours if you are sweating or swimming. Don’t forget to apply up until your hairline, behind your ears and on your temples, lips and neck – these areas are often missed, and when neglected, can result in painful sunburn. If you decide to use moisturiser as well as sunscreen, be sure to layer them separately – moisturiser first and sunscreen last to ensure lasting protection. Always include SPF with your make-up application, even if your make-up product contains a SPF.
The difference between chemical and physical/mineral sunscreen is: Chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients that are absorbed into the skin, preventing damage from the sun by inactivating UV rays through a chemical reaction. Physical/mineral sunscreens stay on the surface of the skin and deflect the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Always check the label on the box or product container for expiry dates, but the average life span of a sunscreen is three years. After that, please purchase a new one.
Extra Sun Care Tips To Consider:
– Wear sun-protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
– Stay in the shade as much as possible.
– Use an umbrella when going to the beach.
– Purchase an aftersun to help soothe sunburn (just in case).
– Be safe!