Life changing tips about sun care straight from the experts
I’m sure this isn’t the first sun care article you’ve come across, but before you scroll away and dismiss this as another #sponsored sunscreen article disguised as a “preventive” sun damage piece, let me tell you now:
1. It’s not.
2. This could save your skin and even more, your life.
1. Just because your foundation has SPF 15 in it, doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen
How many times have you found yourself justifying opting out of wearing sunscreen on a hot summer’s day because “hey, my foundation has SPF anyway?” Listen, we had to learn this the hard way too, but built-in sunscreens on cosmetics are not a replacement. The truth is, the sunscreen found in makeup is not effective on its own. A good rule of thumb: Pair SPF 30+ sunscreen with your foundation. So, stop making excuses and slather on that sunscreen! Trust us, you’ll be thankful you did. And remember, suncreen is the last step to your skincare routine.
Under foundation/concealer, on top of your moisturiser.
2. Check your sunscreen’s expiration date consider this: if it’s been sitting on your shelf for more than a year, it belongs in the trash
This one’s for our thrifty gals: you can’t ever reuse sunscreen-- especially if it’s been sitting in your cabinet for a year, or has been lying somewhere exposed to the sun for hours. Expiration dates are super important, because the ingredients found in sunscreens degrade over time. And exposure to the sun or hot surfaces, can greatly affect its effectivity in protecting you against the harmful UV rays, and from getting a bad case of sun burn. So don’t forget to double check the dates and keep them at the coolest spot in your beauty shelf.
3. When it comes to sun care, treat your neck and hands like you would your face
In the topic of sun care, the neck and the hands are two of the most neglected parts. Which is a shame, because these parts are the first to show signs of aging caused by sun damage. News alert: age spots are not actually caused by growing old, they’re a result of (you guessed it) sun exposure! Take it from the experts at Prevention.com “Short of wearing gloves 24/7, you should be smoothing on a dime-sized dab of hand cream with SPF 30+ before heading out the door each day—and reapplying after you wash your hands or every two hours if you're exposed to even a little sunlight,”
As for your neck, you might want to rethink about not properly moisturizing or applying sunscreen in that area, (unless you want to be a victim of the dreaded turkey neck). The most effective daily maintenance to keeping your neck youthful? Good old sunscreen, or better yet, a broad-spectrum moisturizer with an SPF 30 or higher.
If you're already seeing some discolouration or sagginess, Sauce recommends: Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum $112-$199 NZD
4. Here’s the “something new” you will learn today: clothes don’t necessarily protect you from the sun’s damaging rays
When we say “slather on that sunscreen” we mean on every inch, even the ones covered by your clothes.
The people at Skincancer.org put it best, “Clothing is a great way to protect your skin, but not all clothing protects equally.” So how do you know which type of clothes protect the best? Through Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating, which is an indication of how much of the sun’s UV radiation is absorbed. The higher the UPF the more effective protection you get against the sun’s UV rays. That white tee you like wearing to the beach has an average UPF of 7, which practically does nothing to protect your skin. So the next time you go shopping, don’t hesitate to go nerd out ask about the UPF rating and maximise your sun protection.
5. In case you haven’t already guessed: being sun safe takes more than a hefty amount of sunscreen
Hear us out, recent scientific research (before you call our bluff, we have sources!) suggest that the SPF you’re wearing may not be enough to protect your skin from all the sun’s damaging rays. Infrared Radiation (IR) or the heat you feel from the sun on your skin, makes up 55% of the light that we’re exposed to and is almost never included in sunscreens. IR damages your skin by producing free radicals that attack healthy cells—say hello to fine lines, age spots, and dryness. So what’s the alternative? Ni’Kita Wilson of YouBeauty has this to say“The best way to bolster your skin against the damage is to neutralize those free radicals with an antioxidant,” this means layering on that Vitamin C and E serums, before you apply sunscreen!
For the best antioxidant and sunscreen pairing, Sauce recommends: Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport and Drunk Elephant
C-Firma Day Serum, or La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL and Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop.
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the sunshine, just as long as you’re wearing UPF 50 clothing, heaps of sunscreen (layered with an antioxidant serum), and a hat of-course!
Sauce Recommends :
Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe for recovery from peeling.
Cover Image | Cass Bird
Jameela is a self-proclaimed beauty addict and soy caramel latte apologist. She is absolutely terrible at writing bios, but pretty okay with writing thought pieces and reviews. You can find her work here and on her Instagram @jmgtnl