SPF prod­ucts are not just for the hols

Rutherglen Reformer - - In­ti­ma­tions -

There’s noth­ing nicer on a nice warm day than turning your face up to the sun and feel­ing its warmth beat down on you. But be­ware!

That warm feel­ing you get all over is ac­tu­ally dam­ag­ing your skin .. and it’s not the heat that’s do­ing it, it’s the UV rays. And here’s the catch. They can even wreak their havoc on days that seem far re­moved from biki­nis and ice creams on the beach.

In the UK, par­tic­u­larly in Scot­land where the skies are more gun­metal grey than clear blue, we tend to think that we only need to use an SPF on hol­i­day. But that pro­tec­tion is not just the pre­serve of the Costas be­cause the UV rays of the sun are there ev­ery sin­gle day, even pen­e­trat­ing through our win­dows.

We might not feel them, but those harm­ful rays are ever present and very dam­ag­ing to your skin.

They are re­spon­si­ble for age­ing our skin so let’s block them out and keep that com­plex­ion glow­ing and beau­ti­ful!

My ad­vice is al­ways wear a prod­uct on your face that con­tains an SPF, whether it’s your mois­turiser, foun­da­tion or even both .. use some­thing. Even if the weather doesn’t look like you’ll need to break out the san­dals any time soon.

My daily foun­da­tion is Pressed Base by Jane Iredale which is a four- in-one prod­uct - a foun­da­tion, con­cealer, pow­der and broad spec­trum UVA/UVB SPF all rolled into one.

Al­ways give your face some daily pro­tec­tion.

And as for sunbeds, steer well clear.

If you feel like you need a lit­tle sum­mer colour, my ad­vice is fake it, don’t bake it. It’s 3am, the heels have been hung up, the party dress is ly­ing in a pile on the floor, the jam­mies are on, the pint of wa­ter is on the bed­side ta­ble and you’re ready to fall face first into bed …. STOP!

While it might be tempt­ing to hit the hay im­me­di­ately, you re­ally don’t want to wake up with panda eyes and a pil­low case that looks like it has been Tango-ed.

We’ve all done it – in­clud­ing me – but it re­ally is al­ways best to make sure that you take off your make-up be­fore you go to bed.

Your skin with thank you for it in the morn­ing and I have the perfect 30-sec­ond an­swer to this prob­lem so there’s no ex­cuse to wake up wear­ing the ev­i­dence of the night be­fore.

When you’re just too ex­hausted to go through your reg­u­lar cleanse, tone and mois­turise rou­tine, reach for the Make up Eraser!! (www.make­u­peraser.co.uk)

This award win­ning prod­uct is the an­swer to our night time, night out prayers!!

In one sim­ple step it will re­move all of your make-up - without us­ing any chem­i­cals - in­clud­ing the das­tardly wa­ter­proof mas­cara.

Sim­ply wet this amaz­ing pink cleans­ing towel in warm wa­ter and rub in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion un­til all your make up is gone.

And the great news is that you can rinse this mag­i­cal lit­tle cloth and re-use it again and again.

You can even pop it in your wash­ing ma­chine when it needs a freshen up.

So once you’re done cleans­ing, just pop on some mois­turiser or your favourite night cream, slip on your eye mask and head off to the Land of Nod feel­ing smug and guilt free that in the morn­ing you won’t wake up to a tired face with clogged, de­hy­drated skin!

Sweet dreams.

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