ODE TO SUNSCREEN

Do you know what will never get old? Sunscreen. Do you know what might with over excessive exposure to the sun’s rays? Skin.

I guess my allegiance to sunscreen manifested when I become really serious about blemish control. I suffered from moderate to severe bouts of acne in college and was pretty much plagued by its scarring and reappearance in university. I went to Singapore, the home of advanced cosmetic treatment, visited a spa who recommended lactic acid and sunscreen. I returned to the UK and visited a skin clinic and was advised to buy Avene TriAcneal Expert Care (as featured in Beauty Report on page 70 of Issue 5) and again I was advised to use SPF 30 at a minimum as using these products would increase the sensitivity to the sun.

I started with the Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30 then I travelled to a hot country and upgraded to the Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection SPF 50. Why? Because I was still using these topical lotions but now in a hotter climate and thought my skin would need better protection.¬†That was the genesis of my journey with sunscreen and I’ve championed its use ever since. The benefits of sunscreen and the way it works are too exhaustive to detail, however, I’d like to highlight two important benefits: anti ageing and protection against skin cancer. Additionally, if you’re anything like me still waging war against blemishes it’s the icing on your skin care cake. Sunscreen is the perfect accompaniment to your summer. Get applying.

P.S. Dermatologists recommend using SPF 30, which blocks 97% of the sun’s rays. SPF 15 blocks out 93%. It’s also important to note that no sunscreen can block out 100% of the sun’s rays and reapplication is necessary.

P.S.S. I’ve referenced my favourite two SPF’s within the article to ease the burden when it comes to shopping for the perfect protection. You’re welcome