Enjoy the sun, the sea and vitamin D - but in moderation
Royal Skin has a couple of tips for the sun lover. As much as we try to ignore the fact that the sun is the number one cause for hyperpigmentation and ageing of the skin, we still keep putting our head into the sand pretending not to listen.
"I need the sun - it's so relaxing - I do use sunscreen."
Ok, sounds fair, but let's take this step by step.
Yes, we need the sun, but in moderation. Avoid direct sunlight between 11 - 15. Stay in the shade.
True, it's relaxing sitting on a beach listening to the waves and feeling the sun rays warming up the body. But again - in moderation.
And lastly, you say that you use a sunscreen. Will any sunscreen do? Is there a difference between sunscreens and is it true that you don't need any sunscreen after you develop a "base tan"?
Be sun smart
Choose a good quality sunscreen from a shop. Any cream you apply on your body need to be stored in a cool place. Even if you have developed a base tan, you still need to protect yourself from the sun.
SPF stands for 'sun protection factor,' and it measures your sunscreen protection from the sun’s rays: ultra-violet A and ultra-violet B. Think of them as UVA -ageing and UVB- burning. A hat and a T-shirt are very good to use during the warmest part of the day to protect yourself from the sun.
The ingredients in a sunscreen
Physical sunscreens are formulated with active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the surface.
Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, which then absorbs UV rays. They work by converting the sun’s rays into heat and releasing them from the body. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens can include avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone.
What do the skin therapists and dermatologists recommend?
We recommend a broad-spectrum SPF, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays, is a must, water-resistant and SPF30 or above. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours and after a swim.
Do you need sunscreen in the winter?
If you live in a country like Cyprus, where the UV-index is around -4 during the winter - yes, you need sunscreen during the winter. Make it a habit to apply your sunscreen during your morning routine.
Expire date on a sunscreen
We recommend you throw your sunscreen after six months. If you still have a lot left in your bottle, use it as a body lotion!
Royal Skin offers a selection of high-quality sunscreens - browse in our shop. Remember, we offer FREE samples with every order.