Think one suncream fits all? Think again! Tailor summer skincare to suit your holiday lifestyle
Don't even think about throwing in just one half-used bottle of suncream for your next trip. To be truly sun-smart, you need to choose suncare products that match your holiday activities.
Find it all a bit too complicated? As a general rule, look for a high SPF (at least SPF15) to protect you from burning UVB rays. Skin experts advise you to choose a sunscreen that cuts out ageing UVA rays too.
UVA and UVB: the facts, demystified
Mike Brown, Boots Suncare Senior Advisor, explains, 'SPF only measures protection against burning which comes mainly from UVB rays. But around 95% of UV light is UVA and its rays penetrate more deeply into the skin than UVB, causing long-term skin damage that your body does not fully repair. There are no health benefits associated with UVA rays but there is a growing belief that they are associated with certain harmful effects including skin cancer. '
The UVA Star Rating System ranks levels of UVA protection up to a maximum five stars; the Boots Soltan range boasts the highest level of UVA protection.
Clare Kerr, sun care expert from Lloydspharmacy says, 'The official guidance on sunscreen levels which recommends a minimum of SPF15 refers to protection whilst in the UK. At the very least those with fairer skin should use factor 30 when in hotter countries. However, no matter where you are it is essential everyone applies sunscreen properly and on a very regular basis. The most ineffective sunscreen stays in the bottle.'
Make sure you choose the right type and level of suncare depending on your holiday activity. Whether you're swimming, playing sport, sightseeing or sunbathing, click through these pages to find out your personal holiday sunscreen prescription...
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