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How to stay safe in the sun whether you're holidaying in the UK or abroad


Now is about the time that many of us would be heading off on our ­summer holiday, with suitcases stuffed full of swimwear and sun cream for a week or two on the beach.

Unfortunately coronavirus has meant that sunshine break may have to wait, with many families opting for a staycation or simply staying home this year.

But dermatologists fear this could mean we leave our sunscreen to gather dust along with our flip-flops – and have warned that it is vital to carry on protecting your skin, even if you’re not going anywhere more exciting than your back garden.

“It’s just as important to wear an SPF at home as it is when you’re on holiday abroad,” says Dr Ophelia Veraitch, consultant dermatologist at the Cranley Clinic.

Dr Veraitch

“In the past few months, people have spent more time outdoors than normal and are already noticing skin changes.”

Research shows the sun’s UV rays can cause damage even when it’s cloudy, so Dr Veraitch says wearing sunscreen is essential to prevent cancer and other skin disorders, no matter where you are.

Thankfully, the days of thick, sticky sunblock are over.
So we’ve rounded up some of the best products to help you stay safe in the sun…

Wonder water

SPF waters leave no stains or stickiness on clothing and no greasy residue on skin

SPF waters offer high protection in a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that is convenient and easy to use.

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These clever SPFs claim to leave no stains or stickiness on clothing and no greasy residue on skin.

Try Vichy Capital Soleil Solar Protective Water SPF50 (£19, lookfantastic.com), which contains powerful UV filters and sinks into your skin without a trace.

Perfect powder

Innovative new products mean you can top up SPF while wearing make-up

Most facial SPFs are applied directly to the skin before putting on make-up, so it is difficult to top them up during the day.

However, some innovative products provide sun protection in powder form, which can be dusted over make-up to both shield skin from the sun and combat shine.

Try Brush On Block SPF30 (£34, brushonblock sunscreen.co.uk), which provides broad spectrum protection in environmentally-friendly refillable packaging.

Spot on

SVR Sebiaclear Daily Sunscreen SPF50 contains two potent ingredients

If your skin is oily and prone to breakouts, it can react badly to traditional heavy sun creams.

Any make-up on top will slide away in minutes too, so finding an SPF for this skin type used to be daunting.

But now there are plenty of SPFs for oily skin.

SVR Sebiaclear Daily Sunscreen SPF50 (£15, lookfantastic.com) contains two potent ingredients that tackle blemishes and leave your skin shine-free.

There are so many types of suncream available now, there is sure to be something that suits your needs

Oil it up

The days of dousing our skin in olive oil and baking ourselves in the sun are, thankfully, long gone.

But while we’ve never been more clued-up about the dangers of sunbathing and what it can do to our skin, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the nourishing benefits of oil.

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The new generation of SPF oils offers deep hydration as well as sun protection.

Try Caudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF30 (£21, spacenk.com), which contains both vitamin E and grapeseed oil and is kind to the environment too.

Even if you just sunbathe in the garden, it’s important to use sun protection

Keep calm

For those with sensitive skin, finding the right SPF can be tricky because traditional sun creams can irritate.

Look for sunscreens with stripped-down ingredient lists –these can be just as effective at blocking the sun’s rays.

Many come in tinted formulas to disguise redness while they protect too.

Check out Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Cream SPF30 (£15.94, lookfantastic.com).

It contains ginseng and red algae to soothe and strengthen skin.

Pool party

Traditional sunscreens need to be reapplied every few hours, as well as after swimming.

But there’s good news for pool lovers – some new SPF formulas can protect skin regardless of whether it’s wet or dry.

 The protection in Shiseido WetForce Clear UV Protector SPF50 (£28, shiseido.co.uk) gets stronger when it comes into contact with water and perspiration.





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