Always choose SPF 50+ – don’t compromise! It should have scientifically proven effective UVA protection with a factor of 12 or higher (this is normally stated at the bottom of the box/tube. Remember, UVA rays cause ageing, while UVB rays cause the skin to burn.
Effective visible light and infrared protection is highly recommended. This is usually found in the Heliocare range. Look out for additives to aid DNA repair. These plant extracts are very beneficial and are also found in the Heliocare range. It’s also advisable that your sun protection should contain antioxidants to ‘mop up’ the free radicals that cause skin ageing.
Naturally, your sun protection should have low allergenicity and be odourless.
You may fine tune your protection by selecting a non-greasy cream for oily skins; a moisturising cream for dry skins; a water-resistant one if required for watersport and activities involving excessive sweating; and then of course sunscreens which are safe for children (Bioderma has a Kids’ sun block – the cream is blue but goes white. Blue – so you can see what areas you’ve covered.)
Very important: sun creams offer protection – they’re not block-outs! Sun protection should be reapplied 2 to 3 times a day and especially after swimming. Also, sun protection is essential on overcast days as well. Wear sun-protective clothing and even better still, UV-tested hats and clothing.
Men and boys must remember to apply sun cream on the ears and behind the neck. Women should also protect their hands as hands give away your true age (always exposed to the sun when driving).