With the warmer weather finally here and the park gatherings in full swing, SPF – with UVA and UVB protection –  is something many of us will be applying every day – and if not, why not? 

According to Royal Marsden, there are around 15,400 melanoma cases in the UK each year. Since 1997, there has been a 155% increase of cases in the over 55s, and an increase of 63% in the under 55s. Scary, right? Even though sun exposure is said to be the leading cause of skin cancer, it’s actually avoidable by using a high sunscreen and taking steps to not being out in the sun for too long. 

One skincare item that has risen in popularity since the use of retinoids and skin acids booming into our beauty routines, is sunblock for the face. It’s a must-have if you’re using strong formulas that increase the chances of sunburn. Many brands claim to use SPF in their make-up, but as the British Skin Foundation point out, it’s valuable to your health to also wear a sunscreen as a base for your make-up. 

SPF refers to both UVB and UVA2 protection, but when SPF is named alone, it doesn’t tell the consumer how much total protection there is. Usually sunscreen has a UVA circle logo or star rating so you can see how well it’ll work to protect your skin in the sunshine. So, the next time you’re shopping for sun lotion, make sure to look at this.

Secondly, sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day if you’re planning to spend time outside in the sun, though it’s always advisable to seek shade during 11am-3pm. It can be washed off by sweat, rubbing of the skin and general daily wear, so keep that in mind when applying SPF into your skincare. 

Looking for a sunscreen that’ll sit under your make-up or to wear alone? Take a look at these:

Cetaphil SPF50 Daily Defence Moisturiser, £8.57

NIVEA UV Face Moisture Mousse, SPF50, £6.20

Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Protection Face Mist (for use over make-up too), SPF50, £5

Neutrogena Clear Skin Sunscreen, SPF50+, oil-free £14.68

Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive, SPF50+, £7


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