Sunshine, it tends to make us feel better plus we need some rays for Vitamin D production. However, sun damage is one of the major causes of premature skin ageing.
Therefore sun protection shouldn’t be reserved just for holidays and summer months but I feel is an every day essential come rain or shine – every day is the perfect time to apply your (UV) sun protection.
Gone are the days when sun creams were thick gloopy pore clogging creams, there are so more great products on the market to choose from.
You may already have an SPF added to your moisturiser or make up which is great, but you need to consider carefully if that is going to be enough?
If a product just says UV protection it’s unlikely to give you the protection you need – even on those dull and cloudy days. UV rays are there regardless of whether you can see the sun; The sun has always got his hat on.
You can easily find SPF protection on the High Street from higher end brands such as Clinique, Clarins and Estee Lauder to more budget brands at the supermarket.
For my face I stick to an SPF of at least 30 every single day. I have naturally very pale skin, the type that would never tan, so I like to err on the side of caution.
I have just started using an SPF 50 cream from Heliocare, which is a paraben free light non-tinted cream.
Whilst you are applying UV protection don’t just protect your face but also think about those other areas that can tend to give away our age – in particular the neck and hands.
When buying hand cream I always look out for one with UV protection – Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF25 is anaffordable choice.
And finally your hair – UV rays will not do you any favours if you colour your hair and generally they may dry it out.
Many shampoos and conditioners have added UV; Also look out for it in serums and hair sprays such as L’Oreal Elnett UV Filter Coloured Hair
Whatever you decide to do – don’t avoid enjoying the sunshine just remember to protect your skin, as you are going to be wearing it for a very long time.