Wednesday, 18 June 2014


A n00bs guide to Sunscreen

buying choosing sunscreen


Sunscreen and SPF protection is a life essential. It’s not just something we should use in the summer. It causes signs of of ageing  burns, and not to forget—it's a major source of skin cancer. I think it’s really worth getting educated on sun protection because it’s so easy to forget but can have a prolonged effect on how you look. 

what even is it?

SPF is the measurement that sunscreen protection is measured in.  It’s the measurement of how well the sunscreen will protect the skin from UVB rays. For best protection most experts recommend a a SPF of 15 or above. ETA: A lot of people are shocked with how much you should be applying. You should use approximately two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. Honestly if you went by official guidelines of about 45-85ml (about 9tsps) per applications you'd be using at least one whole bottle of sunscreen (average 200mls) a day. Most people dont use anywhere near that. Although it’s worth noting it’d be hard to apply that much on the body. The less sunscreen you apply the weaker the effect it, for example if you're applying a small amount of 50 it's not going to give you the coverage of a 50 if you only apply a small amount. Studies have shown it can reduce the SPF protection dramatically by not wearing enough. Just apply as much as you can. 

JUST PUT IT ON!

Yes, sunscreen is annoying - it’s another step in a beauty routine. One that not all of us like to actually do when our beauty routines are already stuffed full of products. It should be one of the most important steps in your beauty routine. Just wear it. No if’s no buts. 

let’s Face it

Long gone are the days of wearing pore clogging white casting sunscreen. The beauty world has finally caught up and their are a host of oil free, non greasy and light facial sunscreens. Try and pick something that's hydrating and suitable for your own skin type. Factor 50 is the ideal factor for the face and will protect your skin from the harmful rays.

Decisions Decisions

Pick a body SPF based on a few things - are you going to be swimming? are you going to be outdoors a lot? what consistency do you like? Generally sticking to a lotion or a cream is better as you’re going to be applying it with your hands to ensure you have even coverage. While wipes and sprays are convenient they aren’t the best for knowing where you’re applying things. Remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day and always remember to pop it on your feet!


27 comments:

  1. I love Hawaiian Tropic it smells so good :) Great informative post!

    Becki - www.littlecrush.co

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  2. This is a fun way to get the message across! Can't stress on the importance of sunscreen enough can we!?

    TheConscienceFund| Bloglovin'

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  3. A "golfball sized blob per square centimetre of body" ...... Really?

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    1. That's what I thought! The blob would be so much bigger than a square centimetre, and the bottle would be gone on one application! Haha! :)

      www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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    2. no, honestly that is what is recommended for maximum protection. An adult is supposed to use about 40-85mls PER application so in theory for about 7 days in the sun you'd need a bottle per day. Its not what most people do - as obviously its impossible.

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    3. I read somewhere that it's about 1-1.5 tsp of sunscreen for your face for ample protection. And also you should pat the sunscreen into your skin. Sunscreen is supposed to sit in an even, unbroken layer across the surface of your face and apparently rubbing or buffing it in will break this layer, affecting it's effectiveness. So much to know.,. o_O

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  4. love vichy!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  5. Hawaiian tropic is the best! I'll never understand why people don't feel the need to use sun cream.
    x

    sabrinaharriet.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I think a lot of people forget how important it is. Protecting you're skin is worth more than anything else, great post!

    xx Eimear - Beauty By Eimear

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  7. Great post - I love Hawaiian Tropic, their after suns and amazing too :) x

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I have a habit of not putting suncream on my face on holiday as the sun gets rid of my spots but I can't imagine the damage it's doing! Gotta start using it again!
    alicekatex ♥

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  9. Great tips, must buy some sort of spf for the face!xxx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  10. Great post Lily! I try to use an SPF every day at least on my face although i am a bit lax when it comes to my body although I never go out in the sun without it xxx

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

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  11. great post xx
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  12. Great, great post! Have a lovely day ;D

    mfashionfreak♥blog

    ohh I would love to follow you if you'd do the same for me ;)

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  13. Great, great post! Have a lovely day ;D

    mfashionfreak♥blog

    ohh I would love to follow you if you'd do the same for me ;)

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  14. Great post, Lily! I love the Hawaiian Tropic one x

    All Things Elsie

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  15. Um...you've said at the start that sunscreen *causes* cancer?

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    1. Yeah, the wording is really off there.

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  16. Now, if only there were more cruelty free sunscreens on the market.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP: The Deaf Side of Beauty

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  17. Such a helpful post! I only buy foundation that has an SPF so make sure my face is protected

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  18. Great informative post! ^^ Turns out I apply nowhere near enough haha!

    anonstyle.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I even wear SPF on my face in the winter months, I am moving to Australia soon though, so the need for suncream is even more vital!

    24 Hours From Home - Summer Essentials competition!

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  20. Hi there^^,
    Wanted to try Hawaiian Tropic for ages, all people say it smells amazing!
    Your blog is amazing! I love you and your work on the internet!!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    xxx
    Sophia
    http://one-dollar-milkshake.blogspot.com/

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  21. Great post! I found this blog post incredibly insightful: http://musicalhouses.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/sunscreen-5-things-you-need-to-know.html. This girl has done a great job in breaking all the elements down in a way I can understand. Can't say I'm a sunscreen noob anymore after reading this haha.

    Beauty Challenged

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  22. I used to use Piz Buin but have reading that their products do not actually have as much SPF in as they say they have I stick to trusty Nivea :) amy-paige.blogspot.co.uk

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