Whatever your plans are this summer, protecting your skin from the sun is a key step to achieving and retaining youthful radiance.
Whether you’re jetting off for a beach holiday, dancing at all the best festivals, or simply relaxing in the garden this summer, protecting your skin from the sun is a key step to achieving and retaining youthful radiance.
Why should you protect your skin
The sun’s rays are comprised of both UVA and UVB rays; these seemingly invisible rays are a prime cause of premature ageing. UVA rays are an environmental aggressor that contributes to premature ageing, they are absorbed more deeply into the skin than UVB rays, damaging the skins elasticity as well as causing dark spots.
While some might suggest that a bronzed complexion gives the impression of a radiant glow, when we’re exposed to UV rays our skin produces melanin and as protection it becomes thicker, which can in effect, reduce skin’s radiance.
When should your protect your skin?
UVB rays are at their strongest during the warmer summer months, but we are actually exposed to UVA rays all year long. This means that even when the British weather leaves your BBQ cloudy and overcast, your skin is still exposed to the sun’s harmful UVA rays.
It has also been reported that UVA rays can penetrate glass, highlighting just how important it is to be mindful of incorporating a daily sun protection into your regime, whatever your plans.
How can you protect your skin?
Using broad-spectrum sun care that offers both UVA and UVB protection is a key step to protect your skin from UV rays. Dermatologists recommend applying a liberal amount of the product just before going in the sun, and reapplying frequently throughout the day to maintain the level of protection.
When incorporating sun protection into your daily skincare regime, it is advised that your broad-spectrum SPF is applied as a final step after your moisturiser.