SUN SAFETY

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN AND TREAT SUNBURNS

There are loads of benefits from spending time in the sunshine, such as Vitamin D (which is great for your bones) and serotonin (which helps to boost your mood). Not to mention sunbathing feels pretty good on your skin, right? 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 SPF 30, 30 minutes before going outside. And don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day, even on cloudy days! Our Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30 and Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15 (both available in-store) protect against UVA (invisible rays that cause skin damage and wrinkles) and UVB (the kind the causes sunburn).

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2. LEAVE YOUR HAT ON

Sightseeing in the city? Walking along the waterfront? Always wear a hat and sunglasses in addition to sunscreen to maximize protection for your face. Luckily this timeless combo looks pretty cool, too.

3. CHOOSE A SHADY SPOT

Looking for a space to nap or lay a picnic? A shady corner beneath a tree is always a good idea. Seek shade often to give your skin a break when you’re out and about.

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 moisturizers to pamper your skin while creating a natural-looking tan.

TANNING MYTHS

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

“IT’S WINTER SO I DON’T NEED TO WEAR SUNSCREEN”
Wrong again! Despite the colder weather, snow, and darker days the sun’s harmful rays are just as strong and potentially damaging for skin. While you might have less skin exposed and you’re potentially spending less time outside in the winter you’re still at risk for sun damage.

“I’VE ALREADY GOT A TAN SO I WON’T BURN”
Most definitely wrong! Your sun tan 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 SUNSCREEN ON MY FACE”
Yep, it’s a myth. Even when you’re wearing a sun hat 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 in 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 skin that’s easily irritated by external aggressors.

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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 makeup shopping. Our Honey Bronze™ range will help give you a sun-kissed glow from head to toe, including glowy, bronzing primers and gorgeous tan-enhancing body care.

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