HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN

How to get rid of sunburn

Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin feels pretty good, right? And there are loads of benefits from spending time in the sunshine. Expect Vitamin D, which is great for your bones, and serotonin, which helps to boost your mood. The trouble is, the sun’s UV rays are also powerful enough to damage our skin and cause sunburn. So to reap the benefits of sunny days, it’s crucial that we protect our skin first.

1. PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH SPF

Being exposed to UV rays without the right protection increases the risk of sunburn and skin cancer, no matter your skin type or colour. Apply at least SPF30, 30 minutes before going outside. And don’t forget to reapply throughout the day, even on cloudy days! Our Skin Defence SPF50 PA++++ protects against UVA (invisible rays that cause skin damage and wrinkles) and UVB (the kind the causes sunburn). The PA++++ part means it has the highest protection grade available.

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2. LEAVE YOUR HAT ON

Sight seeing in the city? Walking along the seafront? Always wear a hat and sunnies in addition to sunscreen to maximise protection for your face. Luckily this timeless combo looks pretty cool, too.

3. KNOW YOUR PROTECTION

Do you know your UVA from your UVB? The sun’s rays can damage your skin in different ways. UVB is the kind you’ll know – the kind that causes sunburn and hot, reddened skin. UVA is invisible, but is known to cause long-term sun damage, premature ageing and wrinkles. Choose an SPF like our Skin Defence SPF50 PA++++ that’s multi-protection.

4. AVOID DIRECT SUN AT MIDDAY

The sun is strongest between the hours of 10am and 2pm, so best to avoid direct sunlight at this time. The strength of the sun’s rays can also increase if you’re surrounded by water or snow due the reflective surfaces.

5. SAY NO TO SUNBEDS

Research suggests that tanning beds are closely linked with skin cancer, so best to avoid them at all costs. Stick to tinted moisturisers to pamper your skin while creating a natural-looking tan.

TANNING MYTHS

“SPF 60 IS TWICE AS STRONG AS SPF 30”
Wrong! Products with a high SPF can give false confidence. Your level of protection won’t double by doubling your SPF. Choose a higher SPF for better protection, but remember, it’s much more effective to reapply throughout the day, no matter which SPF you choose.

“I DON’T BURN SO MY SKIN WON’T GET DAMAGED IN THE SUN”
Wrong again! Just because your skin doesn’t burn doesn’t mean it’s immune to sun damage. Exposure to UVA rays can cause premature skin ageing, as well as deep unseen damage that can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.

“I’VE ALREADY GOT A TAN SO I WON’T BURN”
Most definitely wrong! Your suntan gives really minor protection from the sun and is a tell tale sign that your skin has already been damaged. Use sun protection no matter how tanned you are!

“ALL YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR IS SPF”
You’ve guessed it… this is also a total myth. SPF only protects your skin from UVB rays, when it’s important to also protect against UVA. Always look for products that protect against both!

“IF I WEAR A HAT I DON’T NEED SUNCREAM ON MY FACE”
Yep, it’s a myth. Even when you’re wearing a sunhat that shades your face, it’s still crucial that you also apply sunscreen. Indirect radiation is still a risk, particularly when you’re wearing a hat the sun without any other shade.

SUNBURN REMEDIES

Suffering from sunburn? Take a cool shower or make a cool compress and avoid harsh soap and perfume.
Aloe vera is a natural skin soother and works wonders on skin that’s been exposed to the sun all day. It’s also ideal for sensitive, allergy prone skint that’s easily irritated by external aggressors.
Keep your skin soothed and calm with our gentle Aloe range.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT ALOE

SOOTHE AND CARE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN WITH OUR CALMING ALOE ROUTINE

1. Gently cleanse with the Aloe Calming Foaming Wash
2. Prep with the Aloe Calming Toner
3. Bring relief with the Aloe Soothing Eye & Lip Contour Care
4. Help calm dry, sensitive skin with the Aloe Soothing Day Cream
5. Help soothe dry, sensitive skin all over with the Aloe Multi-Use Soothing Gel

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HOW TO FAKE IT

Instead of risking harm to your skin, go make-up shopping. Our Honey Bronze™ range will help give you a sunkissed glow from head to toe, including glowy, bronzing primers and gorgeous tan-enhancing body care.

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