The importance of skin care cannot be underestimated, especially as it’s the largest organ in your body. Skin can be so much more than just a protective layer to keep bacteria out of your body. Your skin can reflect your overall health and emotions, whether that be stressed and blemished or hydrated and radiant. So it goes without saying it should be protected as much as possible.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) protects the sun’s harmful rays from damaging your skin. Sun protection is needed no matter what type of skin complexion you have. Sun cream with an SPF of 30 blocks out approximately 97% of harmful UV rays and good skin protection can help reduce or prevent conditions such as skin cancer and sun spots.
Often, before SPF makeup became universally popular, sunscreen was applied underneath makeup – unfortunately this can lead to a greasy complexion. Today, SPF comes as standard in most foundations. However, what is not widely known is that there is a great range of SPF makeup for the other parts of the face.
It is recommended that SPF makeup should be worn everyday, home or abroad. You’ll never know when you’ll be caught out and be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. These areas, for example, scalp, lips and eyelids are equally exposed to the sun, but we often forget to protect them.
Now there are some great ranges of bronzers, powder makeup, concealers, lip conditioners and lip glosses on the market – all containing the magic ingredient. Try looking for make up with ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium oxide, as these help protect your skin from the sun’s rays that cause harmful skin damage.
When compiling your summer beauty must haves, sun cream is usually at the top of the list. However, after-sun is commonly overlooked. By wearing sun cream, covering up as much as possible and seeking shade in the hottest part of the day (midday to 3pm), helps to reduce overexposure to the sun.
Sun exposure is dehydrating for the skin and many sunbathers often forget to use after-sun to replenish lost moisture and cool the skin down. After-sun creams also help maintain your all important tan and help reduce peeling.
It’s actually really easy to protect your skin from the sun. Following some basics tips will help make skin sun protection part of your daily routine.
Even if you’re not planning on being in the sun for a long period of time, try and wear sun protection all year round, whether it’s in your makeup or otherwise – we recommend a sun protection factor of at least 15 or above. This is especially important if you think you are going to be in the sun for long periods of time, but try and avoid overexposure to the sun.
Don’t overlook simple sun protection methods like wearing long sleeved tops and wide brimmed hats. Keep clothing a light colour palette and loose material as this will stop you from overheating.
Finally, visiting a dermatologist can seem like an unnecessary extravagance but it’s worth highlighting potentially sun damaged skin. Dermatologists will offer good advice on how to treat the skin, as well as preventing it from happening in the future.
Article written by Faria Ahmad, Ecommerce Executive at Heidi Klein. heidi klein is the one-stop destination holiday shop offering the perfect holiday wardrobe from luxury swimwear and designer kaftans to beauty products.