As customers, we are constantly informed about the importance of taking care of our skin as we age but, we have been misinformed about the way we care for our skin against the sun. 

In terms of sun protection, Sunscreen has always been at the forefront of the market. But if you're not using seven teaspoons of sunscreen every time you put it on your whole body, you're probably not getting enough UV protection. 

Photograph with a UV Camera 

 

For women, experts have always made it clear that SPF is a crucial part of the skincare routine, forgetting to mention that you must apply some form of sun protectant lotion at the very end of your routine, prior to apply makeup. However, there is little education around the way that sunscreen, in particular, hurts our environment. 

Not only does sunscreen damage our oceans when applying before taking a dip in the sea, but also damages our coral, when we re-apply our nighttime skincare routine at the end of the day. By washing our skin at the end of the day, we release sunscreens harsh chemicals into the oceans. 

As a family from Australia, we know that a suntan may be seen as attractive but in fact it's a sign of skin damage. A natural tan does give a bit of sun protection, but only the equivalent of about SPF 4. Solarium tans provide even less protection, and fake tan offers no protection at all. 

If you continue to tan it can lead to your skin ageing prematurely, as it becomes dry, saggy and wrinkled. You may like the look of a tan when you're young, but you'll look younger longer if you protect your skin well.

 

October 18, 2021 — Lucy Dear
Tags: Summer

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