The summer has most definitely arrived here in the UK and thankfully last week the rain stayed away for all but one day of our camping trip last week. With all this beautiful sunshine we are getting it’s important to make sure you stay on top of UV protection for you and the whole family. I am RUBBISH at remembering to protect myself when outside, I spend so long getting the Beans covered that I completely forget about myself (big slap on the wrists!!).
Well last week I had no excuse at all as Boots had sent me the perfect UV Protection Starter pack including Boots Soltan and No7 products as well as UV protection advice to take away on our holidays and it was used every day of our break.
Along with my starter pack I also received some interesting information sheets and top myth busting advice so I want to share some of it with you;
Clare O’Connor, Boots UK Suncare Expert says that all Boots Soltan products carry a 5 Start UVA protection which means there is more than 90% UVA protection from the harmful rays which penetrate deeper.
- Suncream is just one aspect of UV-Protection – a hat protects sensitive areas which might be missed when applying sun cream eg. scalp, hair parting, tops of the ears and your nose. Choose a wide-brimmed style for all-round protection in a tightly-woven fabric so that the UV rays can’t get through the gaps.
- You should use a £2 coin sized amount of sun cream to cover one arm and hand. It takes approximately 3 tablespoons to cover a full body application.
- SPF15 means you can enjoy the sun for 15 times longer than without protection against the sun’s burning rays. Always reapply regularly.
- Use products containing UVA and UVB protection to help reduce the ageing effects on your skin.
- The younger you start using UV protection the better it is for skin in the long term. Research shows that UV rays account for 80% of skin ageing.
- All of Boots No7 day moisturisers contain SPF15 as well as 5 star UVA protection. You can also choose a foundation with these protective properties to ensure good UV protection.
- Wearing sunglasses not only protects your eyes from UV but helps to reduce squinting which in turn reduces the appearance of crows feet and fine lines around the eyes.
- Don’t forget your lips in your UV routine.
Top Myth Busts
- Whilst glass filters UVB rays which cause the majority of burning, UVA rays penetrate deeper and can get through glass so if you spend lots of time in a car or near to a window at work it is important to wear UV protection daily.
- Children’s skin is no more sensitive to the sun than adults. The main difference is behavioural – children tend to play in a more abrasive fashion, rubbing product off more easily and overall will spend more time in water so they need extra protection to enjoy the sun safely.