Wednesday, 9 July 2014

How To: Stay Safe in the Sun

Best SPF Sun Cream Lotion Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Maybelline Baby Lips Avene
Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20 - £14.50
Maybelline Baby Lips Hydrate SPF 20  - £2.99

The weather may be hotting up, but be careful not to burn on Britain's beaches this Summer - staying safe in the sun is the most preventable cause of skin cancer. With the safety of SPFs and the invention of the world's first drinkable sunscreen making the headlines, it can be easy to feel left in the dark about sun protection solutions. Since we're heading for a heatwave, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite products along with enlisting the help of the British Skin Foundation and skin cancer expert Dr Russell Emerson to provide some professional advice.

For all-over use, I love Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection in SPF 50 - it leaves skin super safe, glowing, and delectably scented like coconuts. I add some sunscreen to my daily routine with Avène Hydrance Optimale Moisturiser SPF 20, which has a gentle non-comodegenic formula to suit the most sensitive or spot-prone skins. Don't forget the lips! Maybelline Baby Lips SPF 20 provides protection and eight-hour hydration (plus it looks totally cute in a beach bag).

It really is so important to apply SPF daily, even if you're not planning on sitting out in the sun. The British Skin Foundation's research shows that the rates of malignant melanoma are rising faster than any other type of common cancer. Over 100,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and seven people die of the disease every day in the UK, there is currently no cure once it has spread beyond its original site.

Luckily for us, one of the country's top skin cancer experts has given Girl Culture his advice on how to reduce your risk in the sun. Dr Russell Emerson, consultant dermatologist at Hove Skin Clinic, tells us:

• Seek shade from the sun when the rays are strongest, between 10am and 3pm.
• Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, trousers, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses where possible.
• Apply a generous layer of a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays, preferably a factor 20 or above.
• Reapply sunscreens every 2-3 hours even on cloudy days, after swimming, or sweating. Consider using a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming.
• Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect harmful rays increasing the risk of sunburn that can lead to skin cancer.
• Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds all increase your risk of skin cancer and ageing wrinkles. If you want a tan consider a self-tanning product and combine it with a sunscreen.


If you suspect you may have skin cancer, see your GP right away.
For private consultations or treatment by Dr Russell Emerson, visit: www.hoveskinclinic.co.uk

To discover how to check your skin at home and find out ways you can raise money for Skin Cancer Research, visit: www.ittakesseven.org.uk
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