Burned skin and damaged hair are summer souvenirs no one wants. Get sun smart with six golden rules to choosing your perfect sun protection
1 Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen. An adult needs two tablespoons of sunscreen to cover their body, meaning one 200ml bottle gives about six full-body applications. Don’t forget toes, ears and along the edges of swimwear. Try Sun Smart Moisture Protect Sun Lotion SPF30 and Sun Smart Ultra Defence Sun Stick SPF50+ to give sensitive areas extra protection.
2 Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. Ultrasun Sports Transparent Sun Protection Spray SPF30 (also available in SPF50), was designed with sports enthusiasts in mind, so it has your back for outdoor exercise as well as afternoons on the sun-lounger in the garden. The spray bottle works upside down to get those hard-to-reach areas.
3 It’s not just skin that needs protecting – eyes are vulnerable to sun damage, too. The rule? Always have a pair of sunglasses on standby – all ours have lenses with 100% UV protection, plus, they look seriously stylish, too.
4 Water babies, beware! The period between waiting for skin to dry off after swimming and re-applying sunscreen is a burning danger point. To the rescue: Sun Smart Active Aerosol Spray SPF50, which can be applied to wet skin.
5 UV rays can damage hair, leaving it dry and dull. Pile your hair into a hat when you’re out and about or try a conditioning spray with UV filters such as Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence. For bonus points, it detangles and hydrates – consider your summer hair dramas sorted.
6 For day-to-day summer sun exposure, a foundation with SPF won’t offer adequate protection. Save face by wearing a UV primer – Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF30 is non-greasy, so sits brilliantly under make-up. REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 protects skin from UV rays as well as blue light from electronic devices, or try Nuxe Melting Spray SPF50, which is easily absorbed and leaves skin super-moisturised and dewy, making it a perfect base for make-up.