A summer with no holiday doesn’t mean a summer with no sunshine (finger’s crossed) but protecting your skin with an SPF is paramount even during a grey British summer or afternoon spent in the shade. Why? Because harmful UV rays can cause any number of different types of skin damage and are the number one cause of ageing. Going beyond burned or sensitive skin, over-exposure can produce radical oxygen species (ROS) in the skin, which are highly reactive and interactive with a wide range of cellular components. UV rays can degrade or destroy collagen and elastin in the skin, which compromises skin structure and can cause signs of premature ageing. Pus, left unprotected, UV radiation can also result in the synthesis of melanin within cells, causing this to ‘clump’ and lead to formation of localised pigmentation – put simply, patches of uneven skin tone, dark and light spots.
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sun protection 101
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Read on for our top tips to safely sun-kissed skin…
1. LITTLE AND OFTEN
On days spent outside, SPF should be applied every two hours. A teaspoon sized amount (4ml) is perfect for face application and a shot glass (30ml) is enough for the whole body.
2. HAT'S ON
Key not only to giving the delicate skin on your face a break from sun exposure, a hat is also great for protecting your scalp, preventing dryness and flakiness.
3. TAKE A BREAK
No matter how much of a sun-lover you are, don’t forget to take breaks from the sun – especially in the hours where it’s at its highest.
4. stay hydrated
Stay hydrated! In both skin and body. Be sure to follow up with after-sun skincare and drink plenty of water throughout the day.