There was a day time that I tried to ignore what my porcelain, freckle dotted skin was telling me and would actually lay in the sun, covered in Banana Boat oil.... What was I thinking?! With this pasty Irish complexion, the only colour I ever went was lobster red, and not to mention the huge danger I was putting on my skin and risk of skin cancer. Now, however, I am much more interested in covering up and staying healthy, as well as my two girls.
We have been very lucky with the weather lately here in Ireland, and I have had to go out and purchase some sun cream tubs a little bigger than what is usually in my cupboard (50ml!). So with this in mind I have undergone some sun cream research which I thought would be useful to share with you for protecting your own and your childrens' skin. Enjoy the the sunshine y'all, and be safe!
Sun Cream Facts
1. Choose SPF 30 or higher
There actually is not too much of a difference between SPF 50 and 30, with factor 50 blocking out 98% of the sun's UBV rays and factor 30 blocking out 97%.
2. SPF 30 is NOT twice as protective as SPF 15
SPF 15 blocks out 93% of UVB.
3. Avoid SPFs under 5
These are basically pointless. You may as well be applying body lotion.
4. No sun cream is waterproof!
On packaging now, sun creams cannot state they are waterproof, only 'water resistant'. They must also state after how long the cream has to be reapplied.
5. Always reapply after 2 hours
All sun creams HAVE to be reapplied after two hours, unless it the company has proven with test results that it can last longer
6. Look out for the star ratings
Most sun creams today should have UVA star ratings on them (between 0-5, 5 being best protection). What you want is a factor 30 or above with 4-5 star rating for the best sun protection.
7. Buzz words 'broad spectrum'
These words indicate both UVA and UVB protection, a combination you want to get.
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