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With the heatwave gripping the U.K., we thought we should offer you all some advice to make sure you are staying safe in the sun. We are focusing on your skin, to ensure that you are limiting the damage to your skin.

Keep reading to find out how to stay safe in the sun.

Know the your sun acronyms

Okay so there are so many letters on sun protection products. Let’s be honest it can all get very confusing. What with SPF, UV, UVA and of course we cannot forget UVAB. SO before we decide what products we need to use, we need to know what it all means!

SPF

This simply stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a a guide for how long you will be protected for from the sun. So if you use a product with SPF 30 in it, it will allow you to stay in the sun 30 times longer without damage from the sun, than you could without anything on your face.

This is why the higher the SPF, the higher the protection levels.

UV, UVA and UVB

UV stands for Ultra Violet, which is a high energy visible light that is categorised into A and B.

UVA are the rays that penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin, and these rays can cause ageing and pigmentation.

UVB are the rays that cause damage to the top layers of the skin, causing burning and cancer.

Knowing these letters will help you understand what your products will do for you. If you are thinking about protecting your face from the sun daily, a combination of SPF and UVA is probably the best. If you are heading out into the hot summer sun, you really need a high SPF with a UVB.

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Sunglasses are not just about fashion

You can put all the protection on your skin, yet this leaves our eyes unprotected. Sunglasses are that physical barrier your eyes need to stop any damage occurring. It also offers a double layer of protection for the delicate skin around your eyes.

You can check what protection your lenses have, to ensure you have the relevant protection.

Physical V Chemical sunscreens

So there are two types of sunscreens, with very different fans and goals.

Physical sunscreens act as a physical block to suns rays and will stop the UVA and UVB’s rays from penetrating the skin. Known to some as mineral sunscreens, and are better for sensitive skin, as they sit on the top of skin without clogging pores.

Chemical sunscreens react with the UVA and UVB rays to stop their impact and render your skin damage free. They are thinner, easier to wear and obviously are invisible.

The best way to soothe sunburn

Sunburn happens, and let’s face it, we have all been there. However, dealing with the after affects can be very tricky. First of all, you need to sooth the area, and we recommend aloe vera gel, which will hydrate and cool the affected area.

Once you have soothed the area, you need to avoid anything that exfoliates, anything that will dry or tighten the skin. Pick products that will fill the skin with moisture, hyaluronic acid is your friend, and will plump up your skin in no time.