This summer, this very day might be the perfect time to start your perfecting habit. We need to protect our super delicate skin now because no miracle cream can repair the sun damage later. It’s not just about beauty either. Our children and our families need serious protection and careful attention. Sun damage and UV damage can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ireland. With good skin protection this can be avoided. Sun is good, it lifts our mood, provides us with great Vitamin D, we just need to take it seriously and invest in high quality sunscreens. Wraparound sunglasses with UV protection are also a good call. And do remember, that sunscreen is just one of the ways to protect ourselves, wearing sun hats, covering up in intense sun and staying in the shade in peak sun hours are also key.
The real trick is to discover the sunscreen that works for you and your family. Do you prefer a stick, or a lotion? An all-day protector, like P20. Or a slap it on throughout the day classic. Is your skin sensitive, will you be swimming, wearing make-up, standing on a hot, sticky bus?
TOP TIPS TO CHOOSING A SUNSCREEN FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB Rays.
UV Rays - UV stands for ultra violet.
UVA rays - cause long-term sun damage.All the things we really do not want likesunspots, wrinkles and sagging skin.
UVB rays - cause sunburn and have strong links to skin cancer. Sunscreens are given UV ratings. Go for a cream or lotion with a 4 to 5 rating.
SPF - SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. For families with kids, you really need an SPF of 30, ideally 50. Apply 20 minutes before you head out and top up every two hours. Avoid being in the sun when it’s at its hottest (between 11am and 3pm)
Daily UV Index - A daily UV index is available online. A UV index score of 3 or more is harmful. You can check the UV index online everyday.
Swap out old sunscreen - You may have sunscreen left over from last summer. Remember though, it does go off. Most will have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months.
Best for kids - Keep your kids out of the hottest sun, give them hats, baggy clothing and sunglasses. Choose a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher with a UV rating over 4. Layer the cream on thickly and reapply often.