“SPF-ace ? Sorry what?”
That was Me, up until a few weeks ago.
When it would come to SPF, I’d literally grab the nearest bottle of sunscreen and slap on a load of ‘Factor 30’ on my arms and legs – and that’s only when it was a really really REALLY sunny day. When it came to my face, well, I hadn’t realised in all my 33 years that a specific ‘face sunscreen’ should be an obligatory item of all beauty kits.
This summer has been particularly challenging as my Threenager Logan absolutely hates ANY kind of cream being anywhere near him… the whole “time to put sun cream on!” game was becoming tedious and impossible. At times I actually felt like I was sumo wrestling a psycho-maniac.
Bloody hard work.
What I’ve come to realise lately is that I’ve completely neglected my own commitment to applying SPF, especially to the one area that truly matters to me … MY FACE. I also had no idea that I needed to be wearing a good quality SPF 50 Every Single Day.
What’s that song again? Oh yeah…
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future
Sunscreen would be it
We should all be aware of how damaging the sun’s rays can be, including all of the scary unknowns relating to how much radiation is in the atmosphere and how it is constantly reacting to and damaging our skin (yikes!).
The absolute truth is, I couldn’t be arsed to add the faff of lathering on another ‘magic cream’ of ‘make me look and feel better please’ crap into my already flappy morning schedule. As well as not consciously giving a toss, I wrongly assumed that all the wonderful layers of high-end make up I was plastering on would ‘do the trick’… WRONG!
Anyway, we’ve had an incredible Summer here in the UK this year right? And as glorious as it still is, we shouldn’t really be neglecting our skin anymore now should we?
But the reality is, we still are.
Apparently, we shouldn’t just be applying SPF in the Summer Time…
Summer, Summer, Summer Time – Oooooh Summer Time
…we need to be wearing this stuff ALL YEAR ROUND! Let me tell you why:
- Did you know…
…SPF must be worn rain or shine. UV rays are powerful entities – they can even pass through windows. They are harmful to your skin on cloudy, misty and rainy days! Hence why we should be wearing it in the Winter too. You are only partially protected when you sit in the shade or wear a sun hat. Surfaces such as water, sand, concrete, grass, snow and ice reflect the sunlight onto your skin, giving you an even larger dose of the sun’s rays.
- UVA AND UVB RAYS
The sun’s radiation consists of UVA and UVB rays, which damage the skin in different ways. UVB rays reach the skin’s surface and cause sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin causing significant ageing. Both rays cause Cancer.
- And finally…
SPF works immediately upon application and continues to keep your face looking healthy, wrinkle-free and youthful for years to come. It really is a ‘magic cream’ after all!
A recent article in the BBC ( BBC Article on Sun Protection ) said we are actually applying sun lotion incorrectly?! Here’s some skin saving tips:
HOW TO USE A SUNSCREEN PRODUCT
- Use a waterproof broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every single day
- Apply the product generously to all parts of the body that are exposed to the sun
- Apply the product fifteen to thirty minutes before going outside
- Repeat regularly throughout the day
There’s really no point in me listing the ‘top 10 best sunscreens available today’ rubbish because quite frankly there’s only one out there that I think is fantastic. World, please meet:
It’s got a beautiful tropical scent and has a matt finish. It’s oil free, great for sensitive skin and is paraben free. Perfect for applying before make up or just on its own!
So, there you have it. We’ve still got a good month or so left of this abnormally warm weather. My advice is – get that SPF into your daily skincare routine now because let’s face it – who really wants a wrinkly, sun damaged, prematurely aged face anyway ?! It’s time to ditch the filters and editing apps – they aren’t the solution…