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Let’s set the scene: you’re on holiday, you’ve just woken up from a good nights sleep. The sun is blazing in from your pool-side window. You can hear the crickets chirping away in the distance. You jump excitedly out of bed, ready to lay by the pool all day and burn *ahem* I mean tan, your skin. You grab your beach bag and notice your SPF on the side. You take a double take and think to yourself, ‘I won’t tan as well if I use SPF’ and race out the door with the SPF bottle still sitting on your dresser, collecting dust.
Now let’s say, every single day you have the same approach as on holiday and you don’t wear an SPF. Over time, the consequences the sun damage will cause can be irreversible.
Skin cancer, Sunspots, broken blood vessels, premature ageing (crows feet and wrinkles in general!), painful burns and scarring, are amongst some of the causes this will have on your skin if you don’t protect it.
How does it work?
Sunscreen is essentially designed to protect your skin against the suns rays, by creating a barrier for your skins tissue to prevent it from absorbing the rays.
SPF contains compounds that filter sunlight. Think of it like a screen door; some light penetrates through but the majority is prevented from getting through. SPF however, usually contains minerals such as zinc and titanium dioxides which reflects sun rays before it even reaches the skin.
The skin CARE part
The main thing is, it’s never too late. If you’re reading this and examining your skin with a magnifying glass looking for sun damage then chill out! If you start wearing a sun protection on your face (yes, even when it’s cloudy and when you’re stuck indoors all day) your skin will thank you for it and begin working it’s magic!
Wearing SPF daily will not only decrease your risk of skin cancer and pre skin cancer cells, but can also improve any pigmentation and skins clarity.
ensure you are applying a sun protection of 30+ factor
Double cleansing has never been more important than when you use an SPF as it’s usually a thicker substance that penetrates deeper into the skin (to ensure it’s doing it job properly!)
Stay away from moisturisers/foundations that claim they have an SPF built in, as they are usually a more diluted version and won’t be giving your skin a fair chance.
Moisturise and then use a separate SPF!
I’ve linked my fav facial SPFs below which are ideal for sensitive/acne-prone/combination skin! Hope you enjoyed. G x