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Friday, 15 September 2017

Keeping Your Skin Safe In The Sun

Summer is on its way out (if you could count that little spell of sunshine as a 'summer' here in the UK) and autumn is almost (if not already) here. Soon, winter will be on our doorstep. There are still a lot of lucky people, however, jetting off on holidays to escape the colder weather - and it is still just as important to look after your skin in the sun. Laying around the pool or sunbathing on the beach to get that sun-kissed glow is blissful - but at what risk? Today I have teamed up with Dermalogica retailer Pure Beauty who have a few tips on how to prevent premature skin aging:

This is a collaborative post with Pure Beauty.

1. Safeguard Your Eyes

“Crow’s feet” wrinkles around the eyes are the dreaded sign of growing old for many men and women. What they don’t realise is that by exposing the sensitive skin around the eyes to the sun, they are actually speeding up the premature aging process.
The skin around the eyes is one of the first to show visible signs of aging, so wearing sunglasses is a great way to shield both your eyes and skin. You may be tempted to purchase a budget pair of shades, but you’ll need to ensure they offer 99% protection against the sun’s UV rays as a minimum.


2. Always Wear Sun Protection

This is an obvious one, but wearing sun protection is vital in fighting the signs of sun aging and keeping your skin safe. Choose a sun lotion with an SPF factor of at least 15 or greater to protect against UVB rays, and look for a minimum of a four-star UVA protection rating. Apply liberally and don’t forget areas like your ears, feet or back of your neck.
Even on cloudy or overcast says, you’ll still need your SPF factor — 87% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds, fog and mist, explaining why we get burnt on a seemingly ‘cold’ day. In fact, when the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm, the NHS recommends spending time in the shade and covering up.

3. Protect Your Lips

Lips are often forgotten about yet, with their delicate, thin skin, they can become damaged by the sun quickly. As such, it’s important to protect your lips with either a lip protectant with a built in SPF factor or at the very least a layer of your usual sun protection.
Don’t assume that your usual lip products will block the sun’s rays. One study has found that lip gloss and its high-shine effect actually magnifies and attracts the sun, potentially causing more damage. Don’t leave anything to chance and always protect your lips from the sun.


4. Wear A Hat

If your priority is protecting your face from sun aging, wearing a hat can help, especially if it has a peak or a wide-brim. However, it’s not enough to just wear a hat—light can reflect off surfaces and still hit your face, so you should always wear it alongside your SPF factor.
Naturally, wide-brim hats shade more of your face, neck and shoulders, so offer greater protection than baseball caps, for example, which only shade part of your face. Consider the material of your hat too — straw allow more rays to pass through than those with tightly woven fabrics.

Do you have any more tips on keeping safe in the sun?

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