Thursday, 3 August 2017

Staying safe in the summer

The summer, I think has begun? The weather doesn't know what it wants to do from one day to the next. BUT when it's sunny it's sunny! So better stay safe.

I was a loyal Ambre Solaire buyer until my recent discovery.. So I thought I'd share what I found.

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What SPF really means
So, did you know the SPF rating (the 15/20/30 ect) on the front just protects you against the UVB rays (mainly being burnt).

What is UVA
The UVA rays which are just as harmful in terms of ageing, cancer ect.. are displayed (normally) on the back of the bottle in a circle with stars. The highest star rating is 5, with the best protection.

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The official speel
"UV irradiation in the form of UVA is associated with skin ageing. UVA affects the elastin in the skin and leads to wrinkles and sun-induced skin ageing (for example coarse wrinkles, leathery skin and brown pigmentation), as well as skin cancer. UVA can penetrate window glass and penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB. UVA protection in a sunscreen will help defend the skin against photo ageing and potentially skin cancer.

UVB is the form of UV irradiation most responsible for sunburn and has strong links to malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma risk (types of skin cancer). A sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) will help block UVB rays and prevent the skin from burning, and by extension damage that can cause skin cancer."

^British Association of dermatologists

The Ambre Solaire I'd always used only had 3-4... out of 5 isn't bad but isn't great either.

The best one to use
Finding out the above, I went on the hunt! I've looked at a lot of big brands and didn't find any with 5 stars.. But did find the Aldi one has 5 (the highest protection). The cheapest in this case seems to be the best, surprisingly.

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It's also worth checking the expiry life on the sun cream you do have, most only last 12 months.. Which may seem a bit wasteful when you've only used a tiny amount of last years, but after 12 months the SPF and UVA protection wouldn't be the same.

Did you know about the UVA rating system? What do you normally use? Let me know how many stars it has! I'd love to know if any others have the full 5 stars.

Kels

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