How To Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Although the sun can be the source of a great tan, it can also be the source of painful sunburns! In this VideoJug guide, learn about the different categories of SPF protection and how to choose the one that is right for you.
Hi there. I'm Abi Cleeve from Ultrasun. I've been in the sun care industry for 13 years, really helping people to make the right decisions on their sun care choices.
Today, I'm going to try and do the same for you. It's essential you know how to protect your skin from the sun. SPF means sun protection factor, and it equates to the amount of times your own natural protection that product will give you.
It's very important to choose the right SPF for you and it can be very confusing making sure you've got the right one. You'll notice that on the high street these days, SPF's seem to have gone a lot higher. In my childhood, we were using SPF 8 or 10, and feeling we were protecting ourselves quite well.
But now, we know that a really good protection is around 30, and really, somebody who's fair-skinned should be using even higher, at the level of 50 plus. I'll give you some examples now of what sort of SPF you would be choosing for different people in your family. This is just a guide, and you'll know your skin much better than I can tell you, but it's really good to have an idea when you're shopping for sun protection of what you should be looking for.
Firstly, the most vulnerable groups, and here of course, we're talking about babies and children. It's essential we give them the highest SPF possible, usually a very high category of around 50 plus. Sometimes, you can find 60's on the market, but 50 plus is usually adequate for babies and children.
This is also the category I would recommend for anyone with very fair skin. Redheads or blondes, anyone that's ever had a problem in the sun before, if you've ever experienced melanoma or someone in your family, then you have a higher propensity of that happening again, so it's very important you go for that highest category of SPF of 50 plus. If you're adult and you have a medium skin tone, maybe brown hair, brown or blue eyes, then you may be comfortable in the 30 to 50, or high category.
This would be ideal for in Europe, but if you were going somewhere more exotic, I would again suggest that you step up to the very high category, for at least the first 3 to 5 days of your holiday. If you're someone with a darker skin, an olive skin that tans easily, dark eyes, very dark hair, or you have an Afro-Caribbean or Asian skin, then you can use the medium level. This would only be relevant for adults with this skin type and that's a level of 20 to 30 SPF scale.
Anything under an SPF of 20 is now known as a low protection. I wouldn't suggest that anybody uses a low protection. If you want to protect your skin in the sun and look after the health of your skin, you should always be in the right category for you.
Medium, high, or very high category, it's essential to protect your skin in the sun; make sure you know how to do it. Now, we've established the right SPF for your skin type. It's worth considering other ways of protecting your skin from the sun.
Look at our guide to natural sun protection, to find out some other ways that you can do this for yourself and your family. And those are my suggestions on how to protect your skin from the sun. .