We all love a good dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine, but as the UV rays turn up as we head into summer it is very important that we protect ourselves from sun damage.
Here's our 5-step guide on being sun safe without the toxins!
1. Choose a separate sunscreen for your face!
One of the main reasons for not wearing sunscreen on our face is that they can feel thick, pasty or greasy. This problem can be so easily fixed by using separate sunscreen for your body to your face, facial sunscreens are lighter, non greasy and provide the perfect primer for for your makeup. We have a great range of facial sunscreens including this Life Basics SPF 30 and the Eco Logical Face sunscreen SPF 30+.
2. Protect Your Eyes
UV (Ultraviolet) rays can not only damage skin cells, they can also damage our eyes so it's important to wear sunglasses with a high 'Eye Protection Factor'. Look for sunglasses with an EPF of 3 and 4, which offer the best protection under Australian and New Zealand Sunglass Standards.
3. Wear a broad-brimmed hat
A big beautiful hat will never go out of fashion and Sunsmart (Cancer Council Australia) advises that adding a broad-brimmed hat with sunglasses that meet the Australian and New Zealand Sunglass Standards can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98%
4. Watch out for sun sensitive ingredients
Some skin care ingredients can actually make your skin more sensitive to the sun's effects. For instance, any product containing retinol or vitamin A should be avoided if you're going out in the sun.
6. Try a natural sunscreen
Zinc oxide provides a physical in barrier sunscreen and is an ingredient with no harmful side-effects, no extra ingredients and is a mineral. Natural sunscreens need to pass the same tests as chemical sunscreens to be sold in Australia.
5. Fake Tan - all in the preparation
Before applying fake tan, exfoliate and moisturise so that the coverage is even and streak-free. Try one of the fab natural body scrubs or, for a home-made alternative, mix 2 cups of sea salt with 4 cups of almond oil and a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil.
With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.