It’s Sun Awareness Week here in the UK and we’re here to help you find the best SPF face products look after your skin on the daily because SPF is a literal life-saver.
Sun Awareness Week is a yearly campaign ran by the British Association of Dermatologists to encourage us to regularly check ourselves for signs of skin cancer. Skincare is way more than self-care (although we love that vibe!) because skin is the human body’s largest organ. That may sound weird but when you think of it like that then you realise how important it is to look after it, especially when melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK.
The dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning shouldn’t be overlooked, so we’re here to give you some facts and run down on the very best SPF face products from sun cream and oils to foundation and lipstick…
Did you know 10 minutes is enough time in the sun to get your recommended amount of Vitamin D? We need Vitamin D to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, so it’s needed to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy… but you don’t need to spend hours in the sun for that!
Lancaster is our favourite brand for sun protection. The Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Cream SPF30 gives your face the broadest level of protection, specially developed for medium to dark skin. It targets 100% of sun rays and helps give you a radiant, even tan with its Tan Activator Complex for your face and décolleté. For the rest of your body, the Velvet Milk SPF30 is the one to go for. With the same Tan Activator Complex, it’ll keep your skin safe from burning and make you golden! Or you can go for a deeper, lasting tan without putting yourself at risk by using the Satin Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimizer SPF30. The dry oil spray will safely accelerate your tanning without being greasy. Ideal, right?
Did you know SPF stood for Sun Protection Factor? Now you do! When it comes to daily moisturisers, Trilogy and Anthony both have great options with sufficient SPF to make your routine sun safe.
The Trilogy Age-Proof Multi-Defence Moisturiser SPF15 offers daily hydration and broad spectrum protection from UV and Blue Light damage. The nourishing moisturiser features rosehip oil to make it naturally hydrating, while protecting us from natural and artificial light sources, inside and out. Anthony’s Day Cream SPF30 is a lightweight moisturiser that quickly absorbs the skin, while protecting it from UVA and UVB rays. It’s recommended that you should reapply it every two hours if in the sun because once in the morning doesn’t quite cut it – don’t forget!
Did you know Vitamin C is needed for healthy skin? As well as boosting collagen, it also assists protection against UV-induced photodamage. The surprising sun damage protectant is one to include in your daily routine if it isn’t currently, meaning Balance Me’s Vitamin C Repair Serum is your new best friend. The serum combines Vitamin C with Boerhavia Diffusa for maximum impact, while Hyaluronic Acid adds further hydration.
Do you know the difference between UVA, UVB and UVC? UVA penetrates deep into the skin and the inner layers, UVB comes into contact with the outer layer of the skin, and UVC has the highest energy portion on the UV protection.
Perricone MD is one of the best beauty brands for including SPF in many of its products. Their creamy No Makeup Concealer is a lightweight but hydrating formula with broad spectrum SPF20 protection, and the liquid No Makeup Foundation offers the same sun protection while giving you a dewy finish. The ‘makeup infused skincare’ actively works to smooth out wrinkles, improve dark spots and reduce uneven skin tone, thanks to the Neuropeptides and Daisy Flower.
UVC rays are considered the most dangerous because it’s the highest energy portion but it has the shortest wavelength, meaning it generally doesn’t cause as much long-term damage as UVB.
While using a sun cream daily is always recommended, we are firm believers in using as many SPF face products as possible for additional protection. That’s why we love Perricone MD’s No Makeup Lipstick! With SPF15, the anti-aging lip treatment gives more than a pop of colour. The Neuropeptides visibly restore suppleness and fullness, and leaves them with a soft, natural shine.
For more information about sun protection and how to check yourself for skin cancer, read here. Be sensible with your Beauty!