This year, more than ever, you need to think about sunscreen before stepping out of the door, and not just when on holiday. Crazy but true, this summer sunscreen should replace your normal body lotion in your beauty routine for exposed areas if you want to slow down the aging process and stay moisturised and smooth rather than turning bright pink and looking like a lobster. Don’t even think of going out there in the heat of the day without looking after your skin, putting on the sunglasses and preferably wearing a hat.
Most people don’t know what they’re really looking for when buying a sun cream. To get the best possible protection you don’t just want a sun protective cream that protects against UVB rays, but UVA also.
So it’s not just the SPF that matters as that only tell you how well a lotion or cream will protect you from UVB rays which burn your skin. UVA protection is essential against damage at a deeper level. Both UVB and UVA are linked with cancer. Always look for a sun cream that has UVA and/or Broad Spectrum in the wording to ensure you’re protected properly.
Here are my top 10 sun creams that offer a high level of protection for both UVB and UVA rays.
It’s not necessary to spend a fortune on your sun cream, but avoid cheap and cheerful just because it’s that and make sure that you’re getting coverage for face and body, for both UVA and UVB rays.
I would also discount the ‘once a day’ and ‘totally waterproof’ marketing on sun protection products. The less you use the less you’ll be protected so play it safe and keep the protection going.
Depending on how much time you’re going to be outside use a minimum of SPF 30+ on your face – preferably SPF50, and no less than SPF 30 anywhere else and don’t burn. You think it can’t happen to you, but with such a high percentage of skin cancer directly attributed to ultraviolet rays – it can. This is worth a read if you really want to know the facts.
This year my favourites are Darphin’s Soleil Plaisir, which you could easily mistake for your body cream it’s so creamy and smooth, and Clarins Creme Soleil.
This post has been updated July 2018