Hello my lovelies
Its blog time again!
I hope you’ve all had a fabulous start to 2019. I’ve been on holidays for a few weeks and it’s been fantastic to spend some quality time with my family and recharge my batteries to be ready for the year ahead.
We are well and truly into summer now and I hope that you are all enjoying some beautiful weather and perhaps getting a swim by the beach or otherwise generally enjoying the great outdoors. It’s certainly been HOT where I am.
Which brings me to today’s blog topic. There are a gazillion skin care products out there with many claims that they perform miracles and can make you look younger, reverse the signs of ageing, give you smooth skin, etc etc….. With so much information, it’s no wonder people get confused.
When it comes to anti-ageing products, prevention is the ‘best cure’. And the
best way prevent premature ageing is to wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. Rail hail or shine (UV rays can penetrate through clouds). I know this doesn’t sound very ‘sexy’ and sunscreen doesn’t (usually) come in a very expensive bottle/jar/packaging or have lots of celebrity endorsement but it really does work to keep ageing at bay if used consistently and properly.
Now I’m no perfectionist when it comes to a sunscreen routine but I do wear it every day, all year round, along with a hat and sunscreen when I’m outside. I see so many women who frequently expose their faces to the sun. I’ve attached a recent pic from my European holiday (see insert) which had me shaking my head and wanting to scream a big loud NO! This sort of sun exposure will accelerate sun damage significantly (even if you’re wearing sunscreen). Granted, this is an extreme example, but even short exposure to the sun (eg hanging out the washing), popping down the café to buy a coffee, will cause sun damage – and it all adds up.
But what if you don’t like wearing sunscreen? Perhaps you’ve experienced breakouts or irritations from sunscreen in the past or the product has left an unpleasant look or feel (greasy mainly). Those are all valid concerns, but the solution isn’t to ditch your sun protection. Rather, it’s to find a formula that works for your skin type as it guards against the sinister damage of unprotected sun exposure. This could take some experimentation. It doesn’t have to be really expensive – there are many brands sold at Priceline (for example) that are great and offer broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection. The key is to find something you like and stick to it.
Sunscreens are usually mineral based (eg titanium or zinc oxides) or synthetic (eg avobenzone), and both are equally protective. Further reassuring is that each can be included in formulas created for every skin type. For example, if you have normal to oily skin, there are weightless, non-greasy options; if you have normal to dry skin, it’s possible to find skin-smoothing, hydrating SPF products. I personally like the synthetic ones as some of the zinc based mineral ones can leave a white-ish tinge on the skin.
How often should you apply sunscreen? This depends on how much you’ll be exposed to the sun. Office jobs vs outdoor jobs will have different requirements. Sunscreens are broken down by the effects of direct exposure to daylight, not by the passage of time. During an average day eg a work day for example, the sunscreen you applied in the morning will still offer enough protection at the end of the day. If you spend the main part of your day outside, frequent reapplication (eg every 2 hours) would be needed to offer maximum protection and more if you’re perspiring or going swimming.
How much should you apply? This really depends on how much skin area you are seeking to cover. More coverage is needed for more skin area so keep that in mind when applying. For the face (and the back of hands), make sure you apply liberally covering all exposed areas properly.
What if my day cream has SPF in it? Using a hydrating day cream that contains sunscreen is a great choice. Then you don’t have to use a separate cream under your sun cream. When a product has an SPF of at least 30, and provides active protection against UVA and UVB rays (make sure its broad spectrum and covers both) and is just an effective as a standard sunscreen.
What about foundation with SPF or other makeup? Foundation with SPF is not enough on its own to protect you from the sun. Most people don’t apply anywhere near enough foundation, BB or CC cream to have sufficient protection. You can apply foundation without SPF over your sunscreen without affecting your sun protection. Compact powders or loose powders alone do not offer protection against the sun. However, they are suitable for touching up your make-up quickly and add a touch of additional protection against the sun.
So there you have it. Remember use sunscreen every day to get the best protection and to protect your skin from premature ageing! It really is the best anti-ageing product out there.
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