February 25, 2018
If you’ve ever hung out with me in the sun, you’ll know I’m a sunscreen pusher. I think it’s paramount to protect the skin from the harmful rays of sunlight that will be responsible for ageing your skin.
I wear spf everyday under my makeup (yes, even in London – I love the NYDG spf30 and Skinceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50) as sun damage is the cause to almost every type of skin ageing – wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone…
So it’ll be no surprise that when I’m on holiday I like to take even more precaution to protect my skin from the sun. I will admit that on my trip to Bali I got distracted by how good the warmth of the sun felt on day 1 and did catch a slight burn – but that’s totally normal and it reminded me just how important sunscreen is!
Something I often get asked is what my favourite sunscreens are. Right now I have to say it’s Institut Esthederm. After having tried them last summer and having the most even and long lasting tan I knew I’d be using their products again. What’s so great is that they don’t just protect your skin from the sun, they actually help your skin produce melanin – which not only deepens your tan but adds another layer of (natural) protection when you’re in the sun. I was using the Adapta Sun in Strong Sun and as after sun the Tan Enhancing Lotion which soothes the skin while hydrating.
If you have caught a bit of a burn, using a cooling after sun feels amazing! The Susanne Kaufmann After Sun Gel does this while smelling incredible and calming the skin using the natural properties of aloe vera and anti inflammatory agent of the cardiospermum plant. For your face, applying a mask like Clarins SOS mask will refresh the skin and help reduce healing time.
For face, this holiday I was using either the Sisley Paris Super Soin Soleil SPF50 or the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control SPF30. I always start with spf 50 and go from there. To be honest unless I’m swimming I won’t really have my face in the sun. My skin there doesn’t tan, and although I love a couple freckles – I prefer protecting the skin from future ageing and saving myself the bother of having to reverse the damage in years to come.
My tops tips are:
- always use a higher factor on your face
- wear a hat
- make sure your products have both UVA and UVB protection in
- apply protection half an hour before sun exposure in the morning
- use aftersun, even if you’re not burned
- keep your skin moisturised
- drink lots of water
Watch my video from the trip here.