Top tips for protecting your skin from the sun
Summer’s around the corner and it’s time to have fun in the sun – but you need to make sure you’re protected
Do you really need a different sunscreen for your face and body? Yes, you do. Facial sunscreens are lighter and won’t leave your face looking oily. The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body, and other sun creams can cause breakouts. Certain facial sun creams even contain antioxidants that enhance your skin. But if you only have regular sunscreen on hand, rather use that on your face than nothing at all. A pimple is less serious than sunburn.
You should reapply sunscreen (between SPF20 and SPF50, depending on your complexion) every two hours. It’s true that if you have a darker complexion you’re less susceptible to getting skin cancer, as your skin contains more melanin that protects it against the sun. But it doesn’t mean you’re not at risk – you can still get sunburnt and develop cancer.
These days make-up also offers sunscreens and many foundations now come with built-in sun protection. But is it enough to help protect your skin if you’re spending the day outside? The short answer is no. These products alone won’t give you enough coverage, so remember to apply a normal sun cream to your face in addition to your SPF make-up. And use lipsticks that have built-in sun protection.
Get your children into the habit of protecting themselves against the sun from as young as possible. If they’re playing outside reapply sunscreen every two hours, and if they’re at the beach or pool also reapply when they get out of the water. If your children play sport, make sure they keep sunscreen in their kit bag and that they know to reapply frequently.
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