Sunday, May 14, 2017
Most of us go on holiday to visit sunnier climes and enjoy the heat, but ensuring we protect ourselves approriately and enjoy the sun sensibly is incredibly important. Staying out of the sun during the hottest times (typically between 12noon and 3pm), and covering up with suitable clothing and sunglasses, are just a couple of ways to safeguard. But it is also important to wear suffiecient sunscreen, with a suitable SPF and UVA protection.
We've taken a look at what SPF you should be using and how you can choose which SPF is most suitable for you.
In addition to covering up and staying out of the sun in peak times, it's important to use sunscreen which is at least factor 15. When purchasing sunscreen be sure to look out for products with a minimum of four star UVA protection.
SPF stands for sun protection factor, and this is how ultraviolet B radiation protection (also known as UVB) is measured. Typically, you will see products range from 2 to 50+ on the SPF scale.
On sunscreens in the UK you will also see a star rating for ultraviolet A radiation protection (also known as UVA). This rating is out of five stars, and the more stars the better.
The higher the SPF number, the higher the protection, but the NHS recommends using at least an SPF 15 when in the sun. To give you an example of how the factor measurement works: if you were to spend 10 minutes in the sun and burn, SPF 15 multiplies that by a factor of 15, which would suggest that you could go 150 minutes before burning. Of course, when you're abroad in sunnier conditions, you might want to consider the chance of you burning quicker in the sun, therefore a higher SPF might be suitable depending on your destination.
Another important factor to consider when choosing an SPF is your family history of skin cancer and how fair your skin is. If either of these aspects affect you, considering an SPF 30 or higher might be beneficial and give you better protection. Our sunscream SPF table here can act as a guide towards the most suitable SPF protection for your skin.
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