With spring looking to have sprung early, so comes the time of year to stock up on SPF and stay protected against the sun. And while we might all be self-isolating at home what with everything going on in the world, that doesn’t stop us from pouring a wine, heading into the garden, and soaking up the rays. But, make sure you do it right…
When it comes to choosing a suitable SPF, most of us aren’t really sure what they’re looking for, opting for value for money without understanding what we’re buying into. So, here are the basics. When it comes to buying SPF you’re looking for 2 things – UVA and UVB protection. What does that mean? I hear you ask…
- UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin’s epidermis, causing lasting ‘cosmetic’ damage that won’t be apparent initially, but will start to show up over time (i.e. fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, etc.).
- UVB rays affect the top layers of the skin, so any type of burning – whether it’s a slight tingle or a full-blown blister – will be caused by UVB. Hence, they’re what most people are looking to block with their SPF.
The level of protection from each is marked on the bottle in different ways. UVA is a circle with stars, up to 5 – with 5 being the highest protection and 1 being the lowest. UVB is the SPF value – which is how much longer you’ll be protected than without (ie. if you can spend 10 minutes in the sun without burning normally, SPF 30 will increase that 30 times over). But remember, protection wears off during the day due to sweat, contact with others, etc. so top up regularly.
With that out of the way, let’s get onto the brilliant UV Face Shine Control range from Nivea Sun. This is one of my favourite SPF products and it’s so readily available, I really do think it should be on everyone’s shelf. The formula is designed especially for the face, offering sun protection that’s lightweight and mattifying, and doesn’t leave a residue.
How utterly annoying is it when you apply regular sunscreen and look/feel like you’re lathered in grease?! You’ve either got the creams, which are thick and heavy, or the sprays, which I personally find dry out my skin and, on the face, don’t sit well at all. This is the perfect combination of SPF and moisturiser, meaning you can wear it over your serum and don’t have to apply more moisturiser to keep skin hydrated.
For 50 ml, the Nivea Sun Shine Control range retails at £7.99. Although that might seem a lot compared with the rest of the range, which offers 4x the quantity for the same price, you’re getting a different formulation and saving on the cost of moisturiser – which, let’s be honest, would be the same cost or more anyway.
There’s a reason Nivea’s one of the most popular skincare brands of all time and, with products like these, it’s not hard to see why. In fact, as I write this I’m wondering why I don’t wear it all year round. Maybe it’s worth a try…