Sun is Shining in September – Protect your skin!
It is claimed this month will be the HOTTEST September in the UK in decades and like most others we plan to make the most of it before winter creeps up – spending majority of time outside rather than cooped up inside.
The importance of protecting your skin against the sun is often forgotten or dismissed, however it cannot be stressed enough sunscreen should be used daily even during the colder winter months.
Why? Looking after your skin is essential to lessen the chances of skin cancer, pigmentation, ageing, wrinkles, freckles.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that says “broad-spectrum” on the label (which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays) and is also water-resistant.
Sun protection Factor (SPF) tells you how well each sunscreen will protect you, here is a guide to how well each SPF protects against the sun:
- SPF 15 – 93%
- SPF 30 – 97%
- SPF 50 – 98%
Applying sunscreen once a day when you’re in the sun all day will not protect your skin especially if you’re in and out of water. It is necessary to reapply, reapply and reapply every couple of hours. It is best to apply sunscreen a good 30 minutes before exposure to allow the skin to absorb it. Buy a broad-spectrum sunscreen as these sunscreens will help block UVB and UVA rays. UVB light is the primary cause of sunburns, and protecting skin against UVA light plays an important role in preventing wrinkling and signs of aging.
Our top picks of broad-spectrum sunscreens below:
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light
Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology
Clinique Super City Block SPF 40
Important steps other than Sunscreen to prevent burning in the heat:
- Tanning oils – Steer clear! Tanning oils enhance the effect of ultraviolet rays and worsen a burn.
- Foundation – Although majority of foundations have SPF in them, foundation does not have the broad spectrum you require. If you wear foundation, apply your sunscreen and then foundation on top.
- Sunglasses – Look out for sunglasses claiming 100% or total UV protection to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes. Total UV protection is important as it will block both UVB and UVA rays. Ray bans are our favourite, however make sure you find one with total UV protection as not all offer full protection.
- Clothing – It is tempting in this heat to put on a sleeveless top and shorts, however if you do burn easily try wearing a loose fitting long sleeve top/trousers. You can even purchase UPF clothing to protect from the sun from shops such as Gap and Athleta. Hats will also help protect your hair, face, eyes and back of your neck from the sun.
- Peak Hours – Stay out the sun from 10am to 4pm which is peak timing, to lessen your chances of burning.
If you do burn there are several home remedies you can use such as aloe vera which sooths and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of your sunburn. As mentioned in the blog Five tips to solve summer disasters, avocado is also great for relieving burns. Stay tuned for more homemade remedies to treat sunburns!
Ami Mahal x