Did you know there is a cream that, used daily, will soften wrinkles, fade fine lines, slow down the ageing process and improve skin tone? Even better, it’s most probably already hidden in your bathroom cabinet.
It’s called sun cream and despite being the very best anti-ageing cream you can buy, around 60 per cent of people still do not use it every day claiming you don’t need to wear sun protection unless you are on holiday.
Although most of us think we’re sun savvy this research proves there still remains much confusion when it comes to sun protection.
Whether you're sitting in your back garden or jetting away to hotter climes, we will set you straight on the latest SPF wizardry to help you stay safe in the sun
What key ingredients should I look out for when buying a sunscreen?
Always choose a sunscreen which protects against both
UVA and UVB rays, referred to as ‘broad spectrum’. The SPF factor on the bottle only relates to UVB rays, the burning rays which have a strong link to skin cancer. The UVA rating, relate to the rays which penetrate deeply into the skin and are the main cause of premature ageing and are measured in stars, one star being the lowest level of protection and four stars being the highest. We recommend choosing a suncream with a minimum SPF 30 and a four star UVA rating.
What is all the fuss about Infrared and HEVL protection?
Infrared rays (IR-A) make up over half of the rays found in sunlight and can penetrate deeper than UVA or UVB rays, potentially damaging skin cells. Up to now, many traditional sun creams generally did not have IR-A protection but more and more brands are now adding antioxidants which prevent infrared rays causing damage. Recent research also shows that blue light, or high-energy visible light (HEVL) might be behind the pigmentation-type damage, or sun spots, seen in darker skins so now more brands are also adding in HEVL protection to sun protection.
I can’t use sunscreen as it irritates my skin?
You are probably using the wrong type. Sun creams either use chemical filters which act like a sponge absorbing UVA and UVB rays or they use physical filters, also called mineral filters, which work like a mirror deflecting rays off the surface of the skin. They both offer the same protection Sensitive and allergy prone skin should stick to mineral filters using ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are non irritating.
I get confused about all the different SPF numbers on a sunscreen?
As a general rule, the higher the number the more protection a cream offers. The number actually relate to the length of time you can stay in the sun without burning and how much protection the product will give you. For instance an SPF25 will reduce the burning effect of the sun on your skin by 25 times – so if you spend 25 minutes in the sun, it would be equivalent to just one minute without sun protection
What’s the highest SPF I should use?
No sunscreen can block out 100 per cent of UV rays. An SPF50 like is as high as you need to go.
Can I just use a moisturiser with a high SPF on my face as I find sunscreen too thick?
While moisturisers with an SPF will protect the skin and are better than nothing you would have to use it as a sunscreen, i.e. apply it every couple of hours to get full protection and then it will only protect when you put it on.
Both of our moisturisers have SPF as standard.
What’s the point of using sunscreen when it is cloudy?
Eighty per cent of the sun's rays are able to pass through clouds, meaning our skin is just as at risk of UV damage on a cloudy day in Blighty as it is on a sun baked Spanish beach.
What makes a good sunscreen?
A good Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays, that’s the sun's ultraviolet rays, UVA, the rays that age you and UVB,the burning rays.
They both can cause you harm, everyone should protect their skin by using sunscreen, no matter what colour your is, you need protection. Monroe SPF50 has UVA and UVB protection.