With the summer months nearly over (well, in England) it’s nearly time to bring back the woolly jumpers and comfy leggings whilst we head into autumn.
However, if you’ve still got a sunshine holiday to look forward to, here are some of the most common summer skin care myths answered, and how to keep skin protected whilst enjoying the sunshine!
Q: Is using more sunscreen just as effective as a higher SPF?
A: Using larger amounts of sunscreen will not protect your skin from sun damage. An SPF 15 product will only provide your skin with 15 times its normal level of protection, as goes the same for higher SPFs. It really is so important to use an appropriate SPF level, especially for fairer skin tones.
Q: Is last year’s sunscreen still okay to use this summer?
A: Most sun products will display a symbol which will indicate its shelf life. This symbol is a jar with an open lid, and underneath a time period to display when the product should be discarded. Usually, products bought last year are often fine the following year, but anything over 2 years should definitely be replaced.
A sure way to test products is to smell it and test the appearance, for example, it should appear bright, shiny and smell fresh. Any contamination will often give off a bad smell and appear ‘gloopy’.
Q: The bottle says ‘waterproof’, do I still need to reapply after going swimming?
A: it is so important that sunscreen is applied before any sun exposure. Apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before sun exposure, allowing cream to soak into the skin.
Remember: Sunscreen should be applied at least once every one to two hours, and always immediately after swimming or towel-drying no matter how ‘waterproof’ a product may advertise itself as.
Q: Do all sunscreen products prevent burning?
A: Sadly, not all products will prevent burning and sun irritation. Look for products that offer a high SPF and a 5-star UVA rating. A 5-star product will ensure you are receiving as much protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
UVB rays can cause sunburn and are linked with skin cancer, however, UVA rays sink deeper into the skin and cause early aging, as well as increase your risk of skin cancer.
Q: The sun is strongest between 10 am and 2 pm, right?
A: This is incorrect, although we have all thought it. UV levels are actually at their peak from around 10 am to 4 pm, and depending on your location, you are still able to get sunburn before and after those hours.
Here at Skinstation, we are dedicated to providing our clients with all knowledge of skin care and beauty treatments. We stock a comprehensive range of high quality products including Obagi skin care and Elastiderm Eye Serum. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact us on 01481 736 699 or email us at[email protected]n.co.uk.