The Sun and Your Skin

It is now the middle of Summer here in North West Europe, and I, like many othere people will be going on holiday this Summer (I’m going away in four days – hope you’ll enjoy the travel posts!). I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about something more serious, but very important – sun protection. Before stepping out in the sun unprotected from the sun, red this, and you can find out more information at skincancer.org.

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As someone with blonde hair and pretty fair skin with freckles, I’ve always made sun protection my first priority, but some of these facts and tips I’m sharing with you today, I actaully didn’t know until recently.

Your sunscreen must offer broad spectrum protection, which means that it offers effective protection against both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB(ultraviolet B) rays

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SPF is a measure of how long a person can stay in the sun before its UVB rays start to burn the skin. Let’s say with no sunscreen, your skin starts to redden in 20 minutes. An SPF 30 will theoretically allow you to stay in the sun 30 times longer without getting burned. It’s important to reapply every two hours and after swimming or heavy sweating.  

Look for the Skin Cancer seal to assure yourself that a product is safe and effective. To earn the Seal, products must have their test results reviewed by an independent committee of photobiologists, experts in sun damage and sun protection.

Love Sarah x

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