Now that summer is finally here, we won’t be leaving the house without our trusty SPF – the higher, the better, right?
Well…no, not quite. To understand SPFs, we need to understand the types of ultraviolet rays which cause skin damage: UVA and UVB. UVA rays have the longest wavelength, and thus penetrate deep below the skin’s surface layers; UVB rays are significantly shorter, and so are concentrated on the uppermost layers – where they cause burning and damage.
SPF is a means of measuring a sun-screen’s effectiveness at blocking the UVB rays only. SPF 15 will filter out 93% of UVB rays, while SPF30 filters out 97% of them, and SPF50 filters 98%. And while UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, they do cause skin damage – notably premature aging and wrinkles, and, scientists believe, skin cancer.
There’s no rating on sunscreen to tell you how effective it is at blocking UVA rays; for this you need to be label-savvy. Your sunscreen should declare itself to be either: broad spectrum, multi-spectrum, or UVA/UVB protection. PLUS – it should contain one of the following: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Avobenzone or Ecamsule.
Fancy getting your hands on our handbag friendly Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream give-away? This fantastic product not only boasts all powerful high protection against sunburn, surface cell damage and premature signs of ageing, but it’s also a stick rather than a liquid so it’s also flight friendly, perfect for your summer getaway hand luggage! All you have to do is simply place an order with us! It really is that simple! Just visit our website and choose a programme that suits you here, then call our friendly Client Services team on 0207 720 3250 and quote ‘SummerGift‘ .