Skincare for Summer
Summer is well and truly here, so it’s time to crack out the sunscreen and be wary of how much time we spend in the sun. There’s no harm to spending time in the sunshine during the hotter months and most people will do so to either get a tan or just enjoy being outside. However, it is important to stay well protected and for this sunscreen is key.
When they think of wearing sunscreen most people think of it as having one use – to prevent sunburn. Though sunscreen does prevent sunburn and painful blistering, there are actually a number of other reasons why you should be wearing it.
- As mentioned before, sunscreen protects from sunburn and blistering. It also limits the amount of red patches and tender areas after spending too long in direct sunlight.
- Many credit wearing sunscreen for reducing the speed in which their skin ages. Sunscreen slows down the development of wrinkles, premature ageing and facial lines.
- There are a number of different types of UV rays that the sun gives off and many of these are harmful.
- Sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer considerably, as skin cancer is most common in skin that has been unprotected in sunlight.
- Sunscreen reduces the appearance of red veins, brown spots, discolorations and blotches on the skin.
Key Things To Remember When Wearing Sunscreen
We can all agree that applying sunscreen can be annoying and it’s the last thing you want to be doing when you’re hot and sweaty, especially if you’re outside. However, it’s vital and there are a few things to remember when wearing sunscreen.
- To get the most out of your sunscreen it should be applied liberally every few hours; simply putting some on in the morning before heading out isn’t enough if you’re going to be outside for most of the day.
- A lot of poplar foundations, moisturisers and BB creams have SPF; choosing these over a non-SPF makeup brand can make remembering to apply sunscreen to your face a lot easier.
- Those with darker skin are less likely to burn, but that doesn’t mean sunscreen isn’t as important. Dark or tanned skin requires sunscreen to protect from sun damage and skin cancer.
- Sunscreen should be applied more often to areas that are likely to burn such as the face, shoulders, back and chest. These are the areas that are most often in the sun and as they are bonier, they tend to burn quicker.
- Sunscreen is available in different SPFs and those with paler skin should opt for a higher SPF, 30 is usually a safe bet.
Though wearing sunscreen can be a drag, it is highly important. Not only does it protect your skin from burns and long-term damage, but it also helps to prevent the signs of ageing.