9 Tips to Make SPF Your BFF

We all know that the Irish summer can be a whimsical thing and sunshine is never promised. It’s tempting to step out and let your skin soak up the rays at every opportunity, or head overseas to chase the rays, without considering the damage the sun can inflict. You can still achieve the summer look while protecting your skin by following our 9 top tips. Enjoy the sun kissed look and leave the sunburn behind by making SPF your BFF!

Get Bang For Your Buck

If you’re using SPF on your face every day, you might as well choose one that can help with your other issues too. Have dark spots, pick one that contains lightening agents and helps with pigmentation. Have red prone or sensitive skin, choose one with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Avene Mineral Fluid SPF50 is specifically designed for us sensitive types.

Sunscreens For Life, Not Just Summer

Think because you live in Ireland you can skip SPF on rainy days? Na ah! The sun’s damaging effects are still at work, regardless of the weather. Put sunscreen on exposed areas 20 minutes before leaving the house rain, hail or shine. One application a day Parasol Suncare SPF20 is just the ticket.

How Much Is Enough

You should use about a shot glass of sunscreen for your entire body and apply it 20 minutes before going outside as this is approximately how long it takes before your skin is completely protected from UV rays. We recommend a minimum of factor 30 for adults and factor 50 for children. La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50 Kids Lotion is a popular sunscreen for little ones and also comes in spray form, if preferred.

Choose “Broad-Spectrum”

Always make sure you choose a sunscreen that’s broad-spectrum because this type of sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that can cause wrinkles, while UVB rays are the ones that can burn. P20 Sun Protection SPF 30 Spray offers 10 hours protection from UVA/UVB.

No, There Is Not Enough SPF In Your Makeup

Don’t be fooled into thinking there is enough SPF in your makeup. You would need to apply 14 times the amount of powder people normally use and the same goes for foundation, unless you want to slather on 7 times as much as you normally would.  Try the newly launched Skingredients Skin Sheild SPF50, it’s a moisturising, non-comedogenic, physical (mineral) filter SPF that provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays, as well as infrared, pollution and the HEV (blue) light emitted by screens.

Fake It… Use Self-Tan For A Golden Glow

The only safe way to tan is to use a self-tan. LloydsPharmacy have a wide selection whether you want a light glow or an ultra dark look. Take your pick from mousses, lotions, graduals, oils, sprays… we’ve got the perfect one for you. Get your glow on here.

Cover Up

When in the sun, try to wear a long-sleeved top and long trousers. Dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics. Accessorize with a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses that have UV absorption.

Sun Sensitising Medication

Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun. these include specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies.

Keep It Fresh

We all have that leftover bottle of sunscreen from the last trip, but it’s important to start fresh each summer. The active ingredients in sunscreens can lose their potency, so check the expiry date before using it.

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