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4 Sun Care Myths you need to know !!

SPF + SPF = More Protection?

WRONG - Combining SPF's may seem like a great idea, but it doesn't increase sun protection. For exampl SPF8 + SPF30 = SPF30 not SPF38. Re-Apply every 2 hours if outside in summer months or on holiday in the sun.

All suncreens protect against UVA and UVB rays?

WRONG - SPF indicates protection from UVB (Burning Rays). To protect your skin from UVA (Ageing Rays), Use a product labelled "Broad Spectrum"

You don't need suncreen on cloudy days?

WRONG - UV Rays penetrate clouds all year round, which is why it's important to protect your skin daily.

A Base tan protects you from the sun?

WRONG - There is no such thing as a safe tan. In fact, a suntan is your skin's defense to being harmed by UV exposure, so slather up with SPF Protection!

The Sun will dry up my spots?

WRONG - Acne can peak in the run up to a holiday, going away can often be quite a stressful time. As we unwind and relax, our stress hormones will begin to level out and eventually dwindle.  Stress hormones will target sebaceous glands which is why acne is a symptom of stress. UV expoure will have a temporary drying effect on the skin and the redness is replaced by a tan. We may be in and out of salt water and chlorine which can also dry up spots. Overall we feel that our acne has cleared...wrong! We risk sun damage, ageing, dehydration and pigmentation (especially if using certain medications).

A temporary fix is never worth the damage that can occur by not wearing a sunscreen. There are plenty of SPF Options for Oily or Problem Skins that will not make the skin worse but keep it hydrated and prevent more serious damage.

The SPF in my makeup protects my skin?

WRONG - The problem with relying on the SPF in your makeup is that you're just not getting enough of it. You should wear at least an SPF of 15, but an SPF of 30 is ideal. The easiest solution is to use a moisturiser or primer (or Both!) that also contain sunscreen. It's fine to have sunscreen in your makeup, but consider it an added bonus, not your main safeguard.

I only need sunscreen when it's sunny?

WRONG - UVA rays are the longest rays in the spectrum, and they penetrate deeper into the skin. UVA rays cause damage at a cellular level, making them responsible for most skin cancers and the main cause of visible afeing in the form of wrinkles, sagging and sun spots.

Other signs of damage are small blood vessels and spider veins on the face, neck and chest. UVA reaches the skin all year round including the winter months. It also goes through glass including most car windows and is present on cloudy days as well as sunny days. Protecting daily with a broad spectrum (that filters both UVA and UVB) sunscreen should be included in everyones skin care regime. There are plenty of anti-ageing products that can help reduce the signs already present from sun damage.

How Much Sunscreen do you need for a body application of sunscreen?

SHOT GLASS - You might prefer to use a shot glass for something stronger, but this is a great way to remember your sunscreen. Of course there will be variants depending on the amount of exposed areas, this is a guide, better to be more generous than to skimp. More importantly to ensure an SPF is doing its job it needs to be applied 30 mins prior to sun exposure, so don't wait until you are on the beach before applyng. Remember you need to re-apply regularly, especially if swimming, sweating or rubbing sand off legs feet etc.

How much Sunscreen do you need for a face and neck application?

TEA SPOON - A teaspoon for face and neck is a good rough guide, better to be more generous than to skim though. More importantly, to ensure an SPF is doing its job it needs to be applied 30 mins prior to sun exposure, so don't wait until you are on the beach before applying. Remember you need to re-apply regulary, especially if swimming, sweating or if removing with a towel, think about when eating drinking and wiping your mouth.