We all have that one friend who burns like a forgotten piece of cheese in the back of the oven with one quick glance at the sun. Perhaps this person is you and you’re nodding along hastily smearing sunscreen across your face while your friends giggle at your red cheeks. Or maybe you’re the one who claims they “never burn” smiling smugly in the sun as your tan spreads.
Regardless of if you can relate or not, we should all be protecting ourselves from the sun but in the quest for that sun kissed, golden glow the importance of protecting your skin can be swept under the carpet, or beach towel, without a second thought. Not only do we want to avoid that boiled lobster, Neapolitan ice cream blistery vibe, but the sun can do great damage to our skin in the long term also, causing premature ageing and wrinkles.
The importance of protecting your skin is vital in the summer months as the sun releases UVA and UVB rays that cause sunburn, wrinkling and can be a key component in the development of skin cancer. This can all be avoided with the help of your new best friend SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the protection rating vary from 2 to 70, the higher the number the longer you can be in the sun and be protected. If for instance, you burn after ten minutes of sun exposure without any protection, an SPF of 15 will ensure that you can stay in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning.
The importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s damaging rays does not simply apply to the 38-degree heat of Spain on your girls’ holiday. We should aim to stay protected all year round, even in Hyde Park on your lunch break. Whether at home or away, the sun can cause lasting damage to your skin that can be easily remedied.
Nevertheless,sunscreen can be such a hassle to apply and reapply, and to do so in addition to your other skincare products as well as remembering to bring it out and about with you is rather annoying. Not to mention splurging on a product that doesn’t seem immediately necessary. Ideally, a moisturizer with a built in SPF like Harley Street’s 24-7 Anytime Moisture Surge SPF20 can minimise the hassle that sunscreen brings. With the ability to protect from the sun’s damaging rays while hydrating and energising your skin it can be slipped into your skincare routine as effortlessly as sliding into your favourite pair of sandals.
Not only does 24-7 Anytime Moisture Surge provide you with a protection level of SPF20 to avoid damaging your skin, it is effective in reducing already existing redness, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helping to repair broken capillaries. Protecting you from the sun without having to endure tacky skin tinged with that infamous grey-purple tint caused by your standard SPF.