Us Brits aren't used to the sunshine, so it can be easy to forget to protect your skin against the sun.
Prepare for a ranting, yet helpful blog, please keep reading.
Due to recent changes in the weather, so many of my friends and acquaintances have suffered from quite severe sunburn. It's horrible to witness them in pain, but if they had just popped some sun protection on, they'd be so much better off, and their skin would be gorgeously tanned with no sun damage.
The problem with sunburn is that it is just like a proper burn!
Would you just take a dish out of a hot oven with no oven mits?
So why would you let your skin suffer such a horrible fate?
The obvious concern with sun damage is Skin Cancer.
With over 100,000 new cases of Skin Cancer each year, it is one of the most common types of cancer. Though it is not entirely known why, cancerous mutations in the skin are often triggered by over exposure to UV radiation.
If you notice any skin abnormalities, that don't disappear within a few weeks or you have serious concerns about, see your doctor Immediately! Don't put it off, please!
If you are lucky enough to not go down that route, don't think you're not affected by sun damage.
This picture here shows the damage that could be hiding under your skin. Though your skin may seem flawless on the surface, pigmentation can be building up beneath it, wrinkles will be forming and by your 30th birthday, you'll look 50.
Doesn't that sound DREADFUL?!
This can ALL be prevented with a little protection.
I understand how fairer skin can be more prone to burning. I have fair skin and I have, on occasion, been burned; but I have always tried my hardest to keep my skin protected with AT LEAST factor 30 when in direct sunlight.
When faced with heavy exposure to the sun, wear at least factor 30, and reapply regularly.. I'll be taking 30 and 50 with me on holiday!
I do NOT want premature wrinkles!
Factor 15 is good for day to day use, in a climate where there's not a lot of exposure to harmful UV rays. Lots of moisturisers and foundations contain at least factor 15, below are some examples of bits I own already.
List, left to right:
1. Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (a moisturiser) SPF 15 PA++
2. TRESemme Heat Defence (hair styling spray) with UV filters.
3. Benefit's Hello Flawless Foundation (my colour is 'Believe in me, Ivory') SPF 25 PA+++
4. Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation (my colour is 103 True Ivory) SPF 15
5. Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream (I'm in light) SPF 30
6. Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm, SPF 20
So that's you face sorted, but what about your body?
I would recommend the brand Hawaiian Tropic. At regular price, this stuff is expensive, but currently Boots has it at half price, meaning it's just £7.49 for the Silk Hydration Lotion with SPF 30.
Follow this with their Aftersun, to make sure you skin has all the moisture and care it needs to build a gorgeous tan.
Thankyou for reading, I know it was a lengthy one, but I feel so strongly about sun protection. It's worrying how many people go without sun protection; they could be risking their youth, but more importantly, their lives.
leaving you with a BEAUT!!