According to a recent survey carried out on behalf of Superdrug, a whopping five out of 10 holiday makers get burnt on day one of their summer break abroad – yet by day five hardly anyone continues to apply sun cream.
We need to learn that sun cream is our friend, and we should be using it whenever the sun makes an appearance…even in England.
There are two different kinds of ultraviolet rays:
UVA penetrates the skin, damages collagen and gives the skin that leathery and wrinkled appearance (though this effect is often delayed).
UVB has a shorter wavelength and is responsible for sun burn.
Both of the above can contribute to skin cancer, and both of the above need to be blocked by a good sun protectant in order to keep your skin healthy and in tiptop condition.
Below are a few of our top sun cream tips:
- Don’t be fooled by the cloud – dermatologists advise that we slap on the sun cream even on cloudy summer days as an estimated 80% of rays still reach the earth.
- The temperature is not an indicator of when sun cream is required. Seasoned skiers will know for example, that even when it’s cold a brightly shining sun could still lead to burning.
- Sun cream lasts for around two to three years. Always check the use by date and buy a new one if that bottle which had been lurking in the back of the cupboard has expired.
- The sun protection factor (SPF) is an indication of how long you can stay in the sun without burning. For example, an SPF20 would ‘in theory’ mean that you could stay in the sun for 200 minutes.
- No sun cream is 100% waterproof, so if you have been lounging in the pool for some time then always reapply.
- You need around one ounce of sun cream to cover the body – equal to around one-shot glass.
- Whilst it is tempting to rub, rub and keep on rubbing it in – avoid this where possible and let the cream sink in naturally.
Boots are currently offering buy 1 get 1 free on selected Ambre Solaire sun protection and aftersun – visit the Boots website for the latest offers.
Superdrug also have some fantastic offers on sun protection – visit their website to peruse the latest offers.