If you’ve been hanging out with me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve teamed up with sun protection range, Ultrasun on their #MySkinIs campaign. The aim is help everyone choose the best sun protection to meet their own specific skin’s needs and learn how best to use and apply it properly.
Many of use tend to think of sun protection only in the summer and when we’re heading off on holidays but really it should be a year round concern. Sun damage can happen on cloudy days and yes even for those of us with darker skin. Melanin does provide some natural protection but not enough and especially for skin less used to the sun regardless of skin tone. Aside from the obvious sun burn (caused by UVB), in darker skin, UVA sun damage can cause or exacerbate hyperpigmentation and leathery, dullness which can really age the look of skin.
As I’ve mentioned before, my skin sensitivities/allergies as well as not wanting to be mistaken for Casper, can make finding sun protection that works for me a bit of a challenge. Ultrasun are one of the brands that I trust not to irritate my skin. Firstly their once a day formula is a winner with me. They use a mix of physical and chemical UV protection in their high tech lamellar formulation which allows long lasting protection with just one application (obviously if you’re swimming etc you should reapply). ‘Fess up do you really reapply your sun cream every few hours as many other bottles state?
They also leave out perfume, PEGs, mineral oils, silicones, emulsifiers, preservatives and other chemicals and irritants that commonly cause the most reactions in sensitive skin. Broad spectrum defence against UVA, UVB and Infrared rays are all covered to Australian standards, considered to be the most stringent in the world. The EU minimum is set currently at a 33% minimum UVA filter in sun protection products whereas the Australian UVA filter minimum requirement is 90%.
For my body, I love using the Ultrasun SPF50 Sports Gel. It glides on to the skin weightlessly, doesn’t smear on my clothes and is completely invisible. For my face the Ultrasun Face Tinted SPF30 or SPF50 in Honey makes a great tinted moisturiser for a My Skin But Better look and also works well as a primer under foundation. Ultrasun also have protection for the eyes and lips which are the most sensitive part of our faces and most vulnerable to sun damage.
Whatever sun cream you’re using and whatever the SPF, how and where you apply is really important. Apply in direct sunlight and you lose most of the protection. Be sure to apply it at least 15 to 30 minutes before you go in the sun so that it properly binds with the skin.