According to Dr Nestor ‘The sun can be skin’s number-one enemy and is one of the most-damaging factors associated with ageing skin. Even in cloudy conditions, there is still a high incidence of damaging UVA and UVB rays, so, to prevent sun-damaged skin, regular and adequate application of sunscreen is recommended.’
The mistake we all make
Dr Nestor also emphasises that it’s ‘important to apply enough sunscreen. Research by the British Association of Dermatologists consistently shows that sunscreen in general is under applied, which minimises protection. The British Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) 30 and broad spectrum UVA protection. Remember to reapply regularly as most sunscreens wear off after one to two hours.'
For many women, however, the problem with sun protection, particularly on the face, is that there are a number of other requirements too. Often, women are unlikely to use the most protective sunscreen if it also leaves the face greasy, with a white residue or if it clogs pores. Try using a light, fast-absorbing cream.