why SPF is important.
We all love to indulge in the sun, especially here in the UK. To feel that warmth on your skin and achieve that healthy, bronzed glow. But protecting your skin from the sun isn’t just for the summer months, it should be a part of your daily routine, even in the winter months.
We all know the importance of wearing sunscreen to prevent that painful sunburn, but, the truth is, overexposure to the sun can be very damaging to our skin, and it is important to wear SPF to protect it.
UV rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation which the sun emits, and they come in three main groups:
The least energy amongst all the groups.These rays damage the collagen fibres in your skin which leads to wrinkles, sunspots and loss in skin elasticity. These types of rays have also been linked to some skin cancer too.
Slightly more energy than UVA rays. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn by directly damaging the DNA of our skin cells. Unlike UVA, UVB rays are thought to be the cause of most skin cancers.
The highest amount of energy than the other types of UV rays. UVC rays do not reach the ground due to a scientific reaction with the earth’s ozone, meaning that they are not normally a risk factor for skin cancer.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it is very smart when it comes to protecting itself. When overexposed to the sun’s rays, the skin responds by producing melanin in order to protect itself. This is the reason why you get that beautiful glowing tan, it's actually your skin protecting itself from the harmful UV radiation.
Having discussed the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun, let's talk about why we need to find a healthy balance between too much exposure, and too little. Vitamin D is very unique and vital in terms of our health. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in our body, which in turn, helps us keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. During the winter months, it is important to keep our vitamin D levels balanced, by eating certain foods and supplements such as salmon, mushrooms, cod liver oil tablets, red meat and more. It’s worth incorporating a multivitamin into your routine in order to help lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Wearing SPF is an important preventative healthcare habit that we all need to get into. Below are some of our recommendations for the best SPF which you can incorporate into your everyday routine.
Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist SPF 50+, 150ml
The Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist is a continuous spray applicator which allows for easy application. As it is a water-resistant formula, it stays on for longer and settles nicely onto the skin and does not leave you with that ‘sticky’ feeling. It also keeps your skin feeling hydrated and can be used on the face as well.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced SPF 50, 200ml
The Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced SPF is specifically for those who have sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t clog your pores up. Similarly to the Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist, it is easy to apply with its continuous spray applicator, and it leaves your skin feeling hydrated quickly. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and again, you don’t get that ‘sticky’ feeling.