Staying safe in the sun this summer
PUBLISHED: 12:56 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:41 25 April 2014
With SPF's, UVB's and star ratings, it can be confusing shopping for the right sun protection. Laura Lewis investigates the world of sun protection to help you choose the right products for your skin
I’m the first to admit that as soon as the sun comes out I’m racing down to our nearest beach to relax in the rays. I don’t want to put a dampener on your summer holiday, however, too much sun on our skin without the correct protection will give us wrinkles, sun spots and potentially skin cancer.
When we go out in the sun, our skin is exposed to sunlight which contains ultraviolet (UV) rays. UVA rays are long-wave and are actually more damaging than UVB rays, which are medium-wave.
Babies, toddlers and children have very sensitive skin that require total protection from the sun using a chemical-free sunscreen to avoid irritation and allergies. Look out for products containing Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide as they act as soon as they are applied, meaning there is no waiting time.
Sensitive skin will benefit from a mineral sunscreen like Liz Earle Mineral Sun Cream with SPF20 (£19.25 for 150ml), which is especially developed with delicate skin in mind. The ingredients, including West African Shea and naturally sourced Vitamin E nourish and protect your skin. Ren Photoactive Sun Veil with SPF 15 (5. £26 for 50ml) also uses micro-minerals to protect the skin and give a radiant appearance, perfect for every day use.
Mature skin will benefit from a sun cream that will aid cell renewal and give extra hydration. This Works Perfect Defence with SPF 30 (4. £30 for 30ml) contains high amounts of anti-oxidants to prevent ageing, and Crambe Oil which is jam-packed with essential fatty acids which keep the lipid barrier hydrated and smooth.
For water sport lovers, Kiehls Cross Terrain SPF 50 (1. £22 for 40g) will provide you with a strong protection whilst resisting sweat and water – ideal for those of you who will be spending your holiday enjoying the coastal views.