10 Shocking Truths About Sun Cream
Posted by Rachael Wheeler in Organic & Natural, Body, Skin Care
Using sun cream is categorically one of the most important ways to care for your body, yet many of us don’t actually understand what the words sun cream SPF and numbers on the bottle mean, let alone how to wear it properly.
In fact, most people only apply between 25 - 75% of the recommended amount of sun cream needed and the wrong suncream SPF for their skintype.
So what should you do to protect yourself? Read on for the dark secrets about sun cream SPF and find out how much sun cream should you wear?
1. It’s your best protection against radiation
To be clear, sunshine is radiation, and exposure to it damages your skin even if you cant see it straight away. Damage can be seen in dark spots, freckles, wrinkles, sagging and more. So help stave them off with regular and CAREFUL use of sunscreen. Try easy to apply Piz Buin In Sun Ultra Light Spray SPF 30.
2. Dark Skinned People Need to Wear It Too!
Darker black skin has a natural SPF of around 13.4, paler white skin is about 3.4 and everyone else fits along that spectrum, so yes, fair skinned people burn the quickest when exposed to the sun. But unfortunately that doesn't mean dark skinned people are not affected either, as the sun really doesn’t care what color your skin is, or if you already have a tan. All skin is exposed to the same amount of damaging ultra violet rays. If you don’t want to look ashy by apply loads of white lotion to your dark skin, then use a transparent SPF Spray such as Nivea Sun Invisible Protect Spray
3. You Need To Wear It Every Day Sun cream is often associated with swimsuits, beach days and BBQ’s. However Just because it’s a bit miserable outside, doesn't mean you can skip it. It it’s daylight then the sun is there. On more wintery days why not incorporate your sun care into your makeup routine with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundations SPF 15.
4. …This includes winter…
Sun cream is especially important when you’re around snow, ice and water. These all reflect the light from the sun which not only means you need to pack the sunnies, but it intensifies the sun’s radiation too. So even if you need to pack your gloves, pop some sunscreen in your suitcase too. Piz Buin Mountain Cream & Lip stick Duo SPF 15 won’t take you over your baggage amount but will offer serious protection.
5. …It also includes indoors.
Seriously! Unless you live underground, in a dark room or somewhere with absolutely no indows the sun can still get you when you’re indoors. UVB radiation is blocked by glass, but UVA can pass straight through!
6. You need to reapply at least every 2 hours.
This is not a marketing ploy to get you to buy more sunscreen. You really do need to reapply every 2 hours or more if you’ve been in the water or sweating. This even includes your face, even if you’ve got SPF makeup on. If you can’t be bothered to take your makeup up off and start again, just dust on Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 20 Powder to refresh your protection and as an added bonus the mineral powder will aborb any unwanted shine too!
7. A bottle of Sunscreen should not last more than 3 months
Sun cream loses its effectiveness once opened after about a year. But even so if you are using the right amount every day you shouldn’t have it around that long anyway! Dermatologists recommend using enough sun cream to fill a shot glass to cover your body and face each day.
8. Waterproof sun cream doesn't exist!
There is no such thing as “waterproof” sun cream, it is in fact illegal for brands to claim this. They are more resistant to water than others due to the oil based formulas, however this can be drying to sensitive skins. Organic sun cream contain natural waxes such as berry wax or beeswax which are gentle, mildly water repellent natural waxes. Try Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 25
9. High SPF doesn’t protect you for longer than a low SPF
Sun protection factor, or SPF, is simply an indication of what percentage of the sun’s rays your sunscreen is blocking. Not the length of time they block it for. So no excuse for not reapplying just because you put sun cream SPF 50 on in the morning.
Whilst sun cream is incredibly important, it can’t prevent you from sunstroke or dehydration. So pop on a hat and sit under some shade for a midday siesta. Shop sun cream before it’s too late!
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