It was the best beauty advice I ever received. Wear sunscreen. Every single day of the year.

It’s easy to think that we are invincible to the sun and although we may not notice the harsh effects of the sun. I can assure you. It can and will show eventually, especially on you fair skinned, blonde or red headed folk.

Why exactly, is it important to wear sunscreen even during Winter?

1. People who use sunscreen everyday look 24% younger

That’s right. It’s now been proven in a new study by Australian researches that people who apply sunscreen everyday show 24% less skin ageing when compared to participants who only use sunscreen sometimes.

2. The sun is strong even when the sun is not out!

It’s important to protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen even during the cooler months when the sun is not out. Most people think that because the sun isn’t out, they don’t need to protect their skin – but it’s the ultraviolet rays that damage skin so cloud cover means nothing. This is why you can get extremely sunburnt on an overcast day!

3. Reduces your risk of skin cancer

This is one of the most important reasons to wear sunscreen. Especially considering the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma most often kills women aged between 20 to 29.

If you wear makeup it is best to apply your sunscreen before putting on moisturiser and your makeup. Aim to apply the sunscreen first, then wait about 20 minutes to let it really sink into your skin and also prevent it from caking up your makeup. To enhance your protection try using a mineral makeup with SPF in it as well, this will also give you an even coverage.

If you have oily skin buy a sunscreen that is specifically made for your face, this way you won’t be adding any excess oil and they are usually lighter and easier to wear. There are many sunscreens out in lotion form, so do some research and find one which will suit you best. You no longer have to be afraid of the thick, greasy stuff getting stuck in your pores!

Olivia x