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Here’s looking at you…

By Kelly Hollands @glow_beauty_skincare_wellbeing

SPF is your BFF!

Over the last few days we have had some gorgeous weather and the sun has finally made an appearance. Although, with that, has also come lots of sore, red, burnt bodies! I passed by my local beach yesterday and it was packed full of pale skinned people with the common tell-tale signs of overexposure in the sun and definitely not enough protection.  

So many people think of sun protection as something they only need if they are going on holiday or openly being out in the sun for an extended period of time, but even then, they do not apply it regularly enough.  

We should all wear sunscreen every single day. Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) includes UVA and UVB and cannot be seen or felt. UVA has a longer wavelength and causes skin ageing. It breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, the two things that keep our skin looking plump and youthful and penetrates deep into the skin. UVB has a much shorter wavelength and doesn’t penetrate as deeply, but is associated with skin burning. 

A good way to remember is UVA = Ageing and UVB = Burning. 

As well as the obvious reason for using sunscreen, to prevent against skin cancer, 80% of all visible signs of ageing on the face is caused by the sun and UV rays. Studies have shown that 24% of people have less visible signs of ageing when using an SPF of 15 or higher on a daily basis than those who don’t use any sunscreen at all. Make sunscreen part of your daily routine and apply after moisturising, all year round.  

The vast majority of all skin cancers are preventable, yet the disease remains the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer and ignorance regarding the early signs and symptoms is widespread. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer is now one of the biggest killing cancers in 15-34 year olds.

*Over the last 25 years, rates of melanoma in Britain have risen faster than any other common cancer, killing more people in the UK than the sunshine capital of the world, Australia*

*The early detection of melanoma is vital for survival.

*There are around 2,400 deaths from melanoma every year*

*A massive 86% of melanoma cases are PREVENTABLE!*

(*Statistics provided by Cancer Research UK 2019).

Skin cancer does not discriminate when it comes to age, gender or skin type. All skin types can be damaged by UVR and we are all at risk of developing the disease. However, those at greater risk typically fall into one or more of these categories:

🌞Those with fairer skin that burn more easily. 

🌞Sunbed users and active tan seekers.

🌞Anyone with a history of sunburn. 

🌞Outdoor workers. 

🌞Sports enthusiasts who enjoy extended, regular time outdoors without protection.

🌞Mature skin that has accumulated UV damage over longer periods of time.

🌞Those with moles on the body.

🌞A family history of skin cancer or melanoma.

Wearing a high factor SPF every day of the year and regularly topping up application is essential. Solar UVR cannot be seen or felt and is not related to temperature.  It can pass through cloud, bounce off reflective surfaces and even penetrate through glass.  

When it comes to skin cancer, prevention is certainly better than cure and the good news is that around 86% of all skin cancers are avoidable.  

To enjoy the sun safely, follow the 5 S’s:

  1. SLIP on a t-shirt to keep shoulders covered as they burn easily.

2. SLOP on a quality SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin.

3. SLAP on a wide brimmed hat to shade the face, neck, ears and cheeks.

4. SLIDE on a quality pair of sunglasses to protect the eyes.

5. SHADE – seek shade when possible, particularly during the peak UV hours (11am-3pm).

As a Tropic Ambassador, I can highly recommend their whole sunscreen range. All of their products protect from UVA and UVB and range from SPF15 to SPF50. They are long lasting and water resistant and certified independently by Think Dirty. The entire sun care range is 100% natural, kind to the human body and kind to the environment. 

Sunscreens that wash off of our bodies when we go into the oceans are damaging the coral reefs, polluting the seas and harming marine life. There are so many harmful, toxic chemicals in sunscreen and beauty products and it’s all unnecessary.

Tropic is the first beauty brand in the UK and Europe to be awarded the Protect Land and Sea seal of approval, which can be seen on the back of all their sun care products. Whenever you apply a Tropic skin care product, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re not only protecting your skin, but also the oceans.

Keep your skin safe this summer and all year round and remember, what looks like a healthy sun tan is actually cell damage. A sun tan isn’t an indication of health at all. It’s an indication of real skin damage. 

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