The majority of the clients that visit our clinic are looking for anti-ageing treatments, and sun damage is the most common cause of premature ageing. We want to share our 4 top tips to help you look after your skin in the sun so that you can stay looking youthful for longer.
1. Use sun cream everyday
UV is present whatever the weather so sun cream should be worn on the face and other exposed areas daily throughout the year.
It is important to know that not all sun creams are created equal, so be careful in your selection:
- Make sure it’s a broad spectrum cream carrying a UVA and UVB symbol
- If it has a star rating, use a minimum 4 star
- Make sure it has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or above
- Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF 30+ lip balm
Storing and applying sun cream:
- Store in cool place
- Keep an eye on the expiry date, and replace once out of date
- Apply generously 20 minutes before sun exposure
- Reapply every 2 hours (more frequently if perspiring or after swimming)
2. Cover up with clothing
This is a super simple one – covering your skin with the right clothing can be one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun.
- Cover any skin that is exposed and not protected with sun cream, especially areas that can easily burn such as neck and shoulders
- Clothing with a closer weave will provide more even protection
- Wearing a hat with a wide brim is a great way to protect the face, neck and ears
- Be careful with sports caps – they do protect the face, but they leave the neck and ears exposed
3. Stop the squint with sunglasses
The way that we move our facial muscles creases the surface of the skin, which overtime creates wrinkles. Squinting in the sun is one of the big culprits contributing to accentuating smile and frown lines – put a stop to this with sunglasses.
- Look for glasses carrying the European Standard ‘CE’ Mark, UV 400 or British Standard Mark as this ensures the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.
- Look for a close fit to the face, any large gaps between your eyes and the lenses will reduce your protection by allowing UV rays to reach your eyes.
4. Stay in the shade
Shade can provide excellent sun protection and should be used to keep your skin safe:
- Seek shade when possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day between 10am and 4pm when UV penetration is strongest
- Never rely on shade alone, always combine with the protective measure listed above
If you’d like to talk to one of the team about our skin care products or treatment options please give us a call on 01225 700072.