Sue is passionate about using SPF daily no matter what the weather. Here is her advice on keeping your skin protected.
We’ve all made our fair share of sun mistakes like spending our teen years basking in the summer sun while glistening in our tanning oil. The darker the better, right? Um…wrong! There’s no leeway when it comes to applying your sunscreen. Sun’s harmful rays not only contribute the appearance of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots, but melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer.
• WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY
The sun’s damaging rays are still at work, regardless of the weather.
• USE ENOUGH SUNSCREEN
Use about a shot glass’ worth for your entire body (or two tablespoons). Apply 30 minutes before going outside, so give yourself the time to wait before heading outdoors.
• REAPPLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
You should be reapplying it at least every two hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating. Make sure to toss your bottle of SPF in your bag so that you can reapply from wherever you are.
• AVOID THE SUN DURING PEAK HOURS
UV rays are the strongest and most damaging between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m
• LOOK FOR “BROAD-SPECTRUM” ON THE LABEL
As far as what type of sunscreen you should be using, make sure you choose one that’s broad-spectrum, as this type of sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays (UVA rays are the ones that can cause visible signs of aging, while UVB rays are the ones that can burn). And pick a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.
I would recommend Clinicare Spf 30 (€32) or Clinicare Spf 50 with tint (€58) both available to buy in the salon now.