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Do You Use Protection? The Lazy Girls’ Guide To SPF

When the sun is shining, our moods are instantly lifted. Somehow, we have a certain spring in our step and everything seems right with the world. Lying on the beach and soaking up the rays could snap anyone out of a sombre mood, and if there’s no beach in sight, you’ll be sure to find us in our local bar’s beer garden sipping on some tropical cocktails without a care in the world. But wait… are you using protection?

What Are We Using Protection For?

Understanding what the sun does to our skin can sound pretty complicated, but it’s actually as easy as A, B, C. The sun emits 3 types of ultraviolet rays…

  • UVC – You can basically ignore these guys. UVC rays can’t even pass the the ozone layer, so they ain’t a problem to us right now.
  • UVB – These rays aren’t the worst. They don’t penetrate into your skin, but they do affect the surface of your skin. They’re the ones that either burn or bronze you.
  • UVA – These rays are the baddies. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin than the others, and can cause mutations within your skin cells which can lead to ageing and in some cases, skin caners.

So, UVB = Bronze or Burn, and UVA = Ageing… easy! SPF helps to block these rays and stop them penetrating and affecting our skin.

I’m Staying In The UK This Summer. I Don’t Need Protection, Do I?

Actually, yes you do. The sun’s rays can be harmful even on overcast days. Really, we should be using SPF whether we’re on a beach somewhere in the Mediterranean or in our back gardens in the UK. We aren’t just talking about the summer months either! Although the suns rays are strongest during the summer months, they are still super powerful all year round.

How Can I Protect Myself Quickly & Easily Every Day?

We know, the thought of slathering on thick and creamy sunscreen every day is pretty daunting and seems rather unnecessary during the cooler months of the year, which is why we’ve created The Lazy Girls’ Guide To SPF to make protection so much easier!

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    Use an SPF Primer

    Using a primer that contains SPF is one of the easiest ways to add sun protection into your daily routine. Whether you apply make-up over the top, or go for a natural glowy look, you can be sure that your face is well protected from those pesky rays.

    Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a 5-in-1 formula containing invisible SPF technology. This anti-ageing treatment also blurs, primes, moisturises and protects the skin with an invisible sunscreen to reveal a smooth, blurred, flawless complexion in just one step.

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    Want More Coverage?

    If you’re after a little more coverage but still want one simple step, theBalm’s Balmshelter is where it’s at! This tinted moisturiser contains SPF18 and works as a sheer to light foundation that hydrates and heals skin. Team it up with the Murad primer above for extra protection, or go it alone on a day where the sun is slightly less powerful.

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    Protected & Radiant

    If a tinted moisturiser still isn’t quite enough for you, a foundation with SPF is the answer! Bourjois’ City Radiance Foundation is a favourite at the HQhair office. It melts effortlessly onto the skin, is long-wearing, natural looking and provides a luminous glow. Containing SPF30 to protect from pollution and harmful UV rays, you can expect a fresh, streak-free finish with concealed imperfections. Now that’s what we like to hear!

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    ... Actual Suncream

    Seems like an obvious one, but using actual suncream is so simple if you make it part of your daily routine. Garnier’s Ambre Solaire Clear Protect SPF 20 offers high protection in a transparent formulation and is non-greasy and non-sticky, meaning you can apply, get dressed and go without having to worry about white marks or stickiness!

    It also contains Mexoryl® XL, an advanced patented filter to protect from UVA and UVB rays and shield against sun induced skin damage. Its hydrating complex is enriched with Cactus Nutriflavones and Pure Vitamin E to hydrate the skin and retain moisture levels, meaning you can even swap this out for your every day moisturiser!

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    Protect Your Pout

    Lips are often something we forget to protect from the sun. We know what you’re probably picturing right now, someone with chalky white/blue lips because they have that old school sun guard on. Well, times have changed!

    Enriched with the brand’s Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin (Natures Wonder Moisturiser™ which has a molecular structure that closely resembles and mimics your own skin oils) and Vitamin E, this non-sticky lip gloss from Lanolips hydrates lips, whilst its SPF30 protects from environmental stresses.

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    Care For Your Hair

    Don’t forget to care for your hair too! This silicone and paraben free formula from Phyto works to protect, soften and add shine to dry hair whilst preserving colour radiance with a natural UV filter. Working against dehydration and damage from sun, salt and chlorine, the lightweight spray leaves a transparent finish to protect natural hair. The perfect addition to your travel bag this summer!

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    Protecting and repairing sun damaged hair, Kerastase’s Soleil Masque UV Defense Active is the perfect aftercare for your hair. With it’s specially formulated blend of ingredients to help prevent colour loss and fading, this masque contains a UV filter, conditioning agent, ceramides to strengthen your hair cuticles and a texturizing polymer for easy styling.

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So, now you have no excuse for not using protection! Now get out there and enjoy yourselves kids!




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