With summer here, we need to have our minds set on good quality, high factor sunscreens to help keep our skin remain youthful, wrinkle-free (more or less) and of course, protected.
With so many sunscreens on the market, what do you look out for in an SPF? Always remember: no matter the colour of your skin, it’s not recommended to go below an SPF30. So, get rid of those SPF15’s.
Keep a look out for UVB (protects from burning) and UVA (protects from ageing) protection. If your skin burns, or has turned red, your body is telling you to get out of the sun, but it’s the UVA’s that we can’t actually feel, that do all the damage. UVA rays penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, causing premature ageing and skin cancer.
Don’t let that take you out of the sun completely – vitamin D is vital for our health, and we can’t get that from food alone. At least 15 minutes of sun on our skin a day is good enough, but that’s no excuse to push it any longer without protection.
A good quality sunscreen will allow you to tan, while protecting your skin. We recommend re-applying your SPF every hour or even more frequently if you’re in and out of the pool or the ocean. This doesn’t mean applying the whole tube in one go, but rather enough for your skin to absorb, without feeling greasy or uncomfortable. You can even pop it on under your foundation for extra protection.
These are some of our favourite sunscreens…
For your body
For your skin type
For combination and oily skin: Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF 30 sunscreen, R879 for 50ml and Skinceuticals Physical UV Matte Defense, R680 for 50ml.
For dehydrated skin: Neostrata Sheer Hydration, R626 for 50ml
Perfect for travel
SPAR Sola Sachets 10’s. A convenient way to carry sunblock. Each box contains 10 snap sachets that can be put in any travel bag for a sunny day out.
Pop these caps in your handbag, and take them in conjunction with your usual external sunscreen application. Heliocare Ultra Capsules, R450 for 30 capsules
By Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens. Additional words, Michelle Nortje
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.