We often hear that we have to wear sunscreen all year, but what should we be doing when it comes to sunscreen? Here’s our quick guide to help you get the best results from sunscreen for your skin.
Above SPF30 is your friend. SPF tells you how much longer you can spend outside without burning (IF used as directed)- SPF 30 would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. 50 is 50x longer, which is recommended when you’re outside a lot.
Look out for broad spectrum too as it protects your skin from both UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays.
It is complicated, but basically it lets less photons through to damage the skin the higher up in SPF you go. This helps protect against skin cancer, premature ageing, dark spots, and some rosacea if you’re prone to it.
Apply every day! If it’s not sunny and you’re inside most of the time, SPF15/cosmetics with an SPF are just about ok – but if it’s sunny or you’re outside a lot, then above SPF30-50+ is a MUST. Your future skin will thank you for it.
It’s easy to forget, but don’t get complacent. In real life, products with very high SPFs often create a false sense of security. People who use them tend to stay out in the sun much longer… it’s best to reapply every two hours – we like to throw it in our handbags and reapply every time you visit the bathroom.
No sunscreen is 100% waterproof; they all eventually wash off. Sunscreens labeled water resistant are tested to be effective for up to 40 minutes of swimming, while very water-resistant sunscreens stay effective for up to 80 minutes in the water. Remember to reapply after swimming
Yes – up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth on cloudy days.
Sunscreen really is your best friend. The innovations in the sector have been great over the last few years – so even the factor 50s are not thick and chalky like they used to be. Protecting against burning, skin cancer, skin ageing, pigmentation and other skin conditions such as rosacea – it is worth wearing all the time.
If you notice changes to your skin – get it checked. Any change to the size, shape, or colour of your moles, or have any new spots or sores that continue to itch, hurt, crust, scab or bleed should be checked by your GP or a dermatologist.
If you need help, call us on 02039411815 or book in for a full body mole check.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Helen & Dr Cherry
No. 23 Skin