I type this on a beautiful May afternoon in preparation of the June mag, the Sun is pouring through the window, people are smiling, my tulips have finally come out and all feels good with the world. This euphoria makes it very difficult to believe that such a warm and wonderful day can be damaging or dangerous. Now, I’m not talking evil twin kind of dark side, but, if you are still unaware of the negative effects of spending too much time in the Sun, it is quite possible that you must be from another and far less sunny part of the Universe.
Not only has over exposure caused a dramatic increase in skin cancer, Scientists also believe that it’s responsible for 90% of skin ageing. The most effective tool with which to fight the war against both is the use of SPF (or Sun Protection Factor). The number assigned to a product containing an SPF determines the length of time, in theory, of how long it can protect you. For example, if it takes you 20 minutes to redden usually, then an SPF15 should protect you 20 x 15, or 300 minutes, approximately 5 hours. The highest exposure hours in the day for UVA (Ageing) and UVB (Burning) is between 10am-4pm making these the most important hours to either (a) avoid exposure but certainly (b) sunscreen up to the max.
[Source: Guild News]
With our unpredictable weather it’s easy to get caught off-guard, but don’t associate sun screens as a holiday-only product. Our Clarins moisturisers and Bare Minerals Make up also carry SPF’s so there’s no excuse not to stay protected. And, we have double points on Clarins rewards throughout June so it’s an excellent time to stock up. Beauty Expert Banter is taking a short break from the Bystander Mag so until the next time, have a great, warm but safe Summer.
First published, Dunmow Bystander Magazine June 2016