Slip, slop, slap. A message that has been drilled into Australians of my generation and younger since before we could say G’Day.
In the harsh Australian sun, UV rays are at some of the most dangerous levels in the world. Coupled with our general culture of being outside, spending hours languishing on the sand and the ‘healthy tan’ mantra – sun protection and sun exposure is a hot issue for Aussies. Please excuse the pun.
No longer living down under, the importance of sun protection is still ingrained in my psyche and will forever be part of my beauty routine.
Besides the obvious threats of sun burn and skin cancer, premature ageing is another side effect you risk when you don’t wear sunscreen. If the thought of cancer isn’t enough to convince you of the benefits of wearing sun protection, then maybe the fear of looking old is. Either way, don’t skip this step in your skincare regime beauties!
What should I look for in sunscreens for my face?
The thought of putting an oily, heavy sunscreen on your beautiful face can be a scary one, luckily for us though there are some smart cookies out there who have formulated sunscreens especially for le visage. Here are some important things to look out for when choosing a face sunscreen….
UVB and UVB protection! There is a difference, and it’s important. UVA rays are present during daylight throughout the year, even if it’s not sunny, and can penetrate through cloud and glass. They are more intense and can penetrate the skin deeply to cause ageing and sun damage. UVB rays are less intense but are the pesky buggers who cause sunburn and skin cancer. Both are your skin’s enemy and need to be blocked.
SPF, SPF and more SPF. The best amount of SPF is up for debate. SPF 15 protects against 93% of UVB sun rays, SPF 30 protects against 97% and SPF 50 against 98%. It’s up to you how much protection you want, personally I won’t use anything with less than SPF 30.
Oil-free. Although we want as much protection from the sun as we can get our eager little mitts on, we also don’t want to look like we’ve been working on the deep frier at McDonalds all day. Look for a sunscreen specifically for your face that is oil-free and sensitive on the skin, especially the eye area.
Some of my favourites: La Roche Posay Uvidea XL 30SPF, La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 30 SPF, Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF 30+
Do you wear sun protection every day?