SPF Tips

9 tips to make SPF Your BFF

As summer rumbles on we’re looking at how to make sure SPF becomes a daily habit

We know we should use SPF every day, but when we don’t get sunny weather every day it can be hard to remember. Which is where LloydsPharmacy come in! The experts there have shared nine top tips to make SPF your BFF

Get more bang for your buck

Pick an SPF that can also help with your other skin issues. For example, if you have red prone or sensitive skin, choose one with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Talk to in-store experts and get help choosing the right sunscreen for your skin concerns.

Sunscreen is for LIFE… not just summer

Think because you live in Ireland you can skip SPF on rainy days? Na ah! The sun’s damaging effects are still at work, regardless of the weather. Put sunscreen on exposed areas 20 minutes before leaving the house rain, hail or shine.

How much is enough?

You should use about a shot glass of sunscreen (35ml) for your entire body and apply it 20 minutes before going outside as this is approximately how long it takes before your skin is completely protected from UV rays.

Choose broad-spectrum

Always make sure you choose a sunscreen that’s broad-spectrum because this type of sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that can cause wrinkles, while UVB rays are the ones that can burn. Also, you shouldn’t use lower than SPF 30.

No, there is not enough SPF in your makeup

Don’t be fooled into thinking there is enough SPF in your makeup. You would need to apply 14 times the amount of powder people normally use and 7 times as much foundation.

Fake it

The only safe way to tan is to use a self-tan. Take your pick from mousses, lotions, graduals, oils and sprays… there’s something for everyone.

Cover up

When in the sun, try to wear long-sleeved top and long trousers. Dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics. Accessorize with a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses that have UV absorption.

Sun sensitising medication

Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun. These include specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies. Please consult your pharmacist for advice on whether any of your current medications may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Keep it fresh

We all have that leftover bottle of sunscreen from the last trip, but it’s important to start fresh each summer. The active ingredients in sunscreens can lose their potency, so check the expiry date before using it.

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