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My tips for staying safe in the sun

My sun-worshipping days are well and truly over. I used to lay for hours covered in Banana Boat oil, soaking up as many rays as possible to turn my skin a deeper shade of mahogany.

Now, having worked in the beauty industry for years and learnt in detail about the negative effects of sun exposure, I’m a total SPF junkie. On holiday, I slather my whole body in at least factor 30, and reapply religiously… I know it won’t make up for the years of damage, but I’m certainly keen not to worsen the situation!

Sidenote: if I want to look tanned, I turn to the bottle. I’m currently using the Bondi Sands foam (it’s amazing) and their velvet mitt helps it glide on effortlessly.

When Cancer Research UK approached me to write a blog post about enjoying the sun safely, as part of their #OwnYourTone campaign, I was more than happy to oblige – I want to share their expert advice with you to ensure you too get into good habits when it comes to the sun. Here goes:

Spend time in the shade

Especially between 11am and 3pm in the UK, as this is when the sun is strongest

Cover up

Take a hat, sunglasses and beach cover-ups with you when you go outside, and make sure to shield yourself from the sun

Sunglasses

When choosing your sunglasses, make sure you look for one of the following: ‘CE Mark’ and British Standard; UV 400 label; 100% UV protection written on the label or sticker. Also, make sure that the glasses offer protection around the side of the eyes

Sunscreen

Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF 15 (this is your UVB protection) and one that has 4 stars or more (for UVA protection). UVA can also be indicated by the letters ‘UVA’ written in a circle which indicates that it meets the EU standard

Reapply

Reapply sunscreen regularly – this includes those ‘once a day’ and ‘water resistant’ products. Some products are designed to stay on better than others, but beware of sunscreen rubbing, sweating or washing off. It’s especially important to reapply after toweling dry

Storing your sunscreen

Don’t store sunscreens in very hot places as extreme heat can ruin their protective chemicals

And lastly,

Don’t forget to check the expiry date on the sunscreen. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two – three years, shown on the label by a symbol of a pot with the letter M and a number – this is the numbers of months the sunscreen will last once it’s been opened.

For more detailed information, visit cruk.org/ownyourtone.

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