Chief Chemist at UK based Calypso sun care, Seena Seka, provides his top 10 tips to ensure skin is protected this summer.

 

 

Calypso’s top 10 tips for summer skin care

 

  1. Adults should start their sun exposure wearing a minimum of SPF30 and a minimum of SPF30 should also be used for children and those with sensitive skin.
  2. Take extra care with young children as their skin is very delicate, babies under 12 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.
  3. Ensure suncream is applied to dry skin at least 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.
  4. You need at least 35ml of suncream to ensure you cover your entire body and receive the correct level of protection – reducing this quantity will leave you more exposed to skin damage.
  5. Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm, when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.
  6. Wear loose clothes, a wide brimmed hat, wrap around sunglasses and drink plenty of water. 
  7. Re-apply your sunscreen frequently to maintain protection, especially after perspiring, swimming or towelling. 
  8. Apply suncream even when it’s not particularly hot or sunny. 80% of UV radiation is still present on cloudy days meaning it is vital to apply cream daily even if it’s not a clear or scorching hot day.
  9. Care should be taken when storing sunscreens as exposure to heat and light may cause degradation of the product. As a safeguard, you should discard any product which has developed an unusual odour, you know is old, or that has become discoloured or watery.
  10. SPF (sun protection factor) and UVA symbols are the two important ratings to guide your choice when selecting sunscreen. SPF measures how much longer you are safe to stay in the sun than without protection. If you apply a sunscreen with SPF 30, this means you can stay in the sun 30 times longer than you could without sunscreen. The UVA symbol refers to the ratio of UVA and UVB protection, and ensures a product has similar levels of protection against both UVA and UVB. A product without this symbol could indicate that the product mostly protects against UVB.