As we move into the summer months with a suggestion of blue skies in the air, it's time to start thinking seriously about suntan lotion.
With the recent report that some sun creams may not be offering the protection they claim, it feels more important than ever to pick wisely.
So what should you look out for? Firstly, a high SPF - it doesn't matter if your skin is deepest olive or as fair as they come - everyone needs at least an SPF30, anything less is just not worth it, so step away from the factor 15! Secondly, look out for UVA as well as UVB protection. The simple way to remember this is - UVA for Ageing - UVB for burning. Burning is your skin's way of telling you to get out of the sun and can cause plenty of discomfort, but it's those sneaky UVA rays that cause real trouble. You can't feel them, but they're the primary cause of premature photo-ageing (wrinkles and pigmentation) and have been shown by studies to damage skin cells in the basal layer of your skin, contributing to the development of skin cancers.
That's not to say you should hide from the sun entirely - many experts recommend that we get a little bit of sun on our skin every day in order for our bodies to produce vitamin D - vital for bone health and a vitamin that we can't get enough of from food alone. But that's no excuse to sunbathe without protection or to allow yourself to burn!
A good quality sun cream will protect you from all of these problems - and they will still allow your skin to tan in a healthy, safe way. We recommend applying sun protection even when you're in the UK and on cloudy days as UVA rays can penetrate clouds too. you can still be affected and your skin could still be damaged.
Choose the right sun cream for your skin and then apply one of our favourite fake tans to give you a healthy glow - the safe way! Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.
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