• Rebecca Allan

Why is SPF so important?

I'm always telling my clients to make sure they're wearing SPF, especially during these summer months but you should be wearing it all the time ideally.

SPF protects us from the suns harmful ultraviolet rays, both UVA and UVB. UVB rays are cause for sunburn. However, UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin. These rays can lead to long-term effects like wrinkling, premature aging and other skin damage. Both types of ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer.

The British Skin Foundation states that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise. At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year, and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year in the UK - that's seven people every day.

In the summer it's particularly important because we generally spend more time outdoors when the weather is nicer, and we wear less clothes, exposing more of our skin. But, it's equally important all year round, including winter. Even if it's a cloudy day the UV rays penetrate the clouds and even penetrate windows. Snowy day? Yes, even then the rays are harmful, especially as can reflect off the snow and back onto us.

It's best to apply sun cream at least thirty minutes before yo're exposed to the sun and should be incorporated into your everyday skincare routine. I personally love The Body Shop Skin Defense which has SPF 50, but there are so many products out there to choose from.