Since I’m pale and have ginger skin, I’ve always known it was important for me to use a good SPF when abroad, however, recently I’ve found myself incorporating an SPF into my daily skincare routine too. No, I’m not trying to trick myself into thinking I’m on holiday (although we do need to do something about the lack of summer), the sunshine is everywhere and it can just be as damaging here as it is abroad.
Sun damage can not only increase your risk of skin cancer, but can also accelerate the signs of aging. I don’t want either, which is why I’ve started using The Body Shop Skin Multi-Protection Defence SPF50 lotion every morning underneath my daily moisturiser. Factor 50 I hear you say? I think the higher the better because your skin’s barrier function is rarely at its optimum. Basically if your skin is dehydrated (like mine), or has acne or rosacea, the binding properties in the sun cream won’t work as well, reducing its efficacy. This is why I always use a higher factor, so I know on those days when my skin is not at its best at least I still have some protection.
I know some of my foundations have an SPF 15 in them, but since they’re primarily a foundation I always wonder how effective that SPF is, and if it actually works.
You know those binding properties I was talking about? Well apparently they take thirty minutes to bind to the outer layers of your skin, which is one of the reasons I apply this after I’ve washed my face before putting my make-up on. So by the time I leave the house and into the sunshine (or whatever English weather we have going on) the SPF is ready to rock and roll.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed that next to the SPF there’s ‘PA****’, this stands for ‘protection against’ and the more stars the better the protection. While SPF concentrates on ultraviolet B rays (the rays that cause burning and reddening) PA indicates how well the product protects the skin from ultraviolet A rays and the darkening of the skin’s pigment. I never knew about PA, I always though the SPF was the important part, but no, you need both in a sun cream to ensure every aspect of your skin is protected. I know if may seem a little OTT, but I’d rather incorporate this one little step into my routine, than get wrinkles or worse the ‘C word”.
One reason I love The Body Shop Skin Multi-Protection Defence is because it has that gorgeous sun cream scent – you know the one I’m talking about – and it’s super light. I use the smallest amount, which covers my whole face and neck, and within minutes it’s completely absorbed and it’s not sticky or tacky. It does have moisturising properties, so if you think this as well as a daily moisturiser would be too much, then you could just use the Skin Defence.
I don’t expect to see results instantly, I think it’s one of those changes that I’ll see within time when my skin starts to mature and hopefully my wrinkles are non-existent. I use the Skin Multi-Protection Defence daily on my face, but I don’t know if I should start using a sun cream on my body, or is that a step too far. Too far, right?
Do you use an SPF every day? Do you think sun protection is important? What products do you use to protect yourself?
Sarah Jayne x