Help protect your skin from the sun’s rays & look flawless doing it
We all know we need to wear SPF when the sun is beaming down, but what about when it’s the colder months, do we need to use it then? Of course, we do! Protecting your skin from the sun should be a year-round affair, whether you’re taking a stroll in November or having a picnic in July, sun protection is your friend.
First things first, what's SPF for?
As much as many of us love having fun in the sun, it can give off damaging effects without the right protection, which is where SPF comes in. It should be an important part of your skincare regime but it’s good to choose the right one for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Extra care is needed if you have pale skin, freckles, red or fair hair, have moles or a family history of skin cancer – so buckle up and use that SPF!
Why is there SPF in make-up & skincare?
SPF in make-up and skincare is there to give us a little extra protection but it shouldn’t be used as a substitute for sun cream, as the amount in cosmetics isn’t enough to protect your skin fully. The SPF that’s in skincare and make-up is likely to be thinner than what you’d normally apply and probably isn’t rub-resistant or water-resistant. So, make sure to use them alongside wearing sun cream rather than alone.
So, why should I wear SPF in the winter?
We might not be exposed to the sun as much in winter, thanks to travelling to work in dark mornings and travelling home in dark nights, but just because you’re not sweating doesn’t mean the sun’s not causing damage! La Roche-Posay’s Dr Hiva Fassihi says, "The best thing you can do to prevent the appearance of ageing is to use a sunscreen every day. Sunscreen really is the best anti-ageing product you could ever use." If you’re not a fan of wearing sun cream in the winter, here are some of our favourite cosmetics specifically designed with sun care in mind…
Olay Regenerist Whip Light Moisturiser With SPF30 50ml
Whip up glowing skin
Whipped to perfection like your favourite ice cream sundae (it’s almost good enough to eat!), this light-as-air formula transforms from cream to liquid as soon as it touches your skin. It also has a matte finish, SPF 30 and SolaSheer Technology (oooh fancy).
Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3in1 Liquid Foundation with SPF 20
This foundation has it all – it acts as a primer, concealer and foundation in one. And with SPF 20, it deserves a place in every make-up bag! Match with your skin tone for a long-lasting hold, clear complexion and flawless finish.
No7 Lift & Luminate TRIPLE ACTION Day Cream SPF 15 50ml
Not only is this day cream proven to deliver noticeably firmer and visibly smoother-looking skin, it also protects against the number one cause of skin ageing. Shield from the sun and get a radiant glow – what’s not to love?