Even in the Autumn and Winter time we need to consider the effects of the sun (even if there doesn’t seem to be any!). So lets start with some basics. The sun, and its little rays of sunshine.
What is UVA?
UVA rays are the longer wavelengths of the sun that penetrate deeper into the skin. They are the rays responsible for ageing (think A for ageing).
What is UVB?
UVB rays are medium wavelengths that impact the surface level of the skin and are responsible for sunburn (think B for burning).
It’s ok to have a suntan, as long as you follow the safe sun rules:
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your face and body that protects from UVA & UVB rays
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF (factor) that is suitable to your skin type
- It’s recommended you use a minimum of SPF 30 for normal skin types and over 50 for sensitive types. This will help to avoid premature aging and burning
- Avoid the mid day sun between 11am and 2pm and wear protective clothing and a hats if you are out in it
- The golden rule is to reapply your sunscreen every 90 mins to 2 hours (this depends on the SPF factor that you use)
- Remember every area that is exposed to the sun needs an SPF, tops of ears, back of neck etc.
- The SPF in your make-up is not strong enough to protect you from the sun unless you wear it very thick and reapply ever 90 mins to 2 hours. It’s best to apply sun protection after your moisturiser and before you apply make-up. Re-apply in this way if you’re in the sun for more than 2 hours
Best Alternative to a Sun Tan?
There is an alternative, which is safe, fast and flawless. That is the trusted fake tan, or sunless tanning as it now called.
You can achieve a flawless, natural looking tan that won’t cause premature ageing or put you at risk of cancer with a fake tan. There is a tone suitable for every skin type and we’ve a fantastic and easy to follow guide for flawless application.
A Point to Remember!
Fake tan is not a substitute for protection from the sun. So even though you may feel like a golden goddess you still need to wear an appropriate sunscreen.
Who wouldn’t wish to turn back the clock, when they find that the damage and aging has been done. A suntan is not for life. But your skin is! Respect it and treat it well. Remember, its wrinkles and lines (a lot of which is caused by the sun) that adds the years to your age.