With the weather starting to warm up and longer days on the horizon (finally!), it’s time to think about the all-important topic of sun protection.
It’s not news that exposure to UVA and UVB rays can damage the skin and contribute to the signs of ageing, so we’ve curated 5 quick hacks to help you protect your skin.
1) Apply sunscreen before dressing
Slathering yourself in layer of board-spectrum sunscreen before you get dressed into your clothes or swimming costume will ensure that you don’t miss an inch. Plus, you’ll have a smaller chance of discovering that accidental burn strip where a piece of clothing has shifted during the day to expose un-sunscreened skin. We’ve all been there and it hurts.
The sun’s rays can also penetrate very light or sheer fabrics, so this little hack will give you all-over protection.
2) It’s a timing game
A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a numerical guide as to how long a sunscreen will protect your skin over and above your skin’s natural SPF.
For example, applying SPF 30 will give you 30x longer protection than your bare skin. If your bare skin could sustain 10 minutes of sun exposure before burning, applying SPF 30 will extend that time to 300 minutes.
So, it’s only a matter of time before the protection falls short. Of course, swimming, sweating and individual skin types will affect the length of protection, so it’s best to re-apply at least every 2 hours.
3) Big sunglasses
Not only will sunglasses with UV protection help shield your eyes from sun damage, larger frames will also cover and protect the delicate skin around your eyes. For a double whammy, sunglasses with Polarized lenses are great, as they also cut down on glare and haze.
4) Safe driving
UVA rays can penetrate through glass, so spending hours in the car is not the sun-safe haven we thought it would be! Aside from applying sunscreen to the obvious places, such as your face, remember to apply it on the backs of your hands and forearms too, as these areas are most exposed. For a quick fix, keep a tube of hand cream with SPF in your car.
5) Check that reflection
Sheltering under a beach umbrella is not all that foolproof – UVA and UVB rays can bounce off the sand and water, turning you pink and damaging your skin before you know it. Be sure to always wear sunscreen and sunglasses whilst reclining with that beach read.