ALL ABOUT UV RAYS
Sun causes around 80% of premature skin ageing. Yep, e-i-g-h-t-y percent! So no matter how much you love the sun, it’s important to protect yourself from its harmful rays. Okay, but what are those rays?
Although it’s not quite as black & white, there’s a trick which helps to understand the key difference between UVA and UVB rays in an easy way.
Although we don’t see or feel them, we are exposed to UVA rays all year round as they can penetrate through clouds and even glass. Rain or shine, they reach our skin and get deep into its surface and over time they can cause visible skin ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. Of course, a daily moisturiser with broadspectrum UV protection can help fend off UVA rays so there’s one less thing to worry about.
While we are exposed to UVA rays all year round, our exposure to UVB rays vary by time, season, and location. This means you are more likely to get sunburnt in Brighton in July than in London in November. If you have a nice tan say thank you to UVB rays, and if you have that painful sunburn, it’s also due to them. UVB causes more skin damage at higher altitudes, so using UV protection on a ski trip or while mountain climbing is just as important as applying it on the beach. UVB can also be responsible for developing skin cancer, so protection is key not just to preserving the youth of the skin, but to keeping its health.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM HARMFUL UV RAYS:
Find a daily moisturiser with broadspectrum UV protection for your skin type. Use it all year round.
Use sunscreen on your body. This is crucial even if you just hustle and bustle in the city.
Wear UV protective sunglasses. Wraparound-style frames
can give more protection.
Avoid direct sunlight between
10 AM and 4 PM. UV rays are the
strongest at this time.
Don’t expose too
much skin. Wearing loose
clothes can help.
Say no to chemical peelings
during the summer. They make
you more sensitive to sunlight.
WHAT IS SPF?
Now it’s time to answer this important question: What does SPF mean?
Sun protection factor indicates the time you can spend in the sun without getting sunburn. First you have to know
how many minutes it takes your skin to start to burn without using SPF. Once you know this number multiply it by
the sun protection factor number you see on your product. The number you get indicates the time you can
spend in the sun without turning red.
Let’s see an example! If you start to get sunburnt after 10 minutes (without using any sun protection) putting an
SPF 30 moisturiser on your face means you can spend up to 10x30 minutes (5 hours) in the sun.
Did you know application is also key when it comes to UV protection? Apply your fave SPF moisturiser liberally,
focusing on the hairline, the neck and on the decolletage too. You can’t get the right amount of UV protection
without using a sufficient amount of product, so dip deep into your beloved jar and pamper your skin with a
relaxing massage. However, SPF creams tend to be heavy and sticky on the skin our daily moisturisers with UV
protection feel nice & light. Shout-out to Olay Whips SPF 30 for feeling airy yet give the UV protection you need.
When it comes to SPF moisturisers the higher the better:
- SPF 15 fends off 93% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 fends off 97% of UVB rays
- SPF 50 fends off 98% of UVB rays
When you choose your SPF face cream always go for products with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen because this
protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Hydration is also very important so Olay’s SolaSheer™ Technology
combines Broad Spectrum sunscreen with Niacinamide and Glycerin to maintain the right amount of hydration.
Olay moisturisers with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen help protect from UVA and UVB rays while the moisturising
components hydrate the skin.
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OLAY SPF MOISTURISERS
Are you asking ’What SPF should I use?’
We’re here to help you. First of all, choose a product that fits your lifestyle and the actual season. If you rarely
spend time under the sun and it’s autumn or winter, an SPF 15 moisturiser should give enough UV protection.
But if you are a natural-born sun lover who enjoys the outdoors, we recommend you stick to SPF 30 specially
during spring and summer.
Speaking of summer! If you go to the beach, always use sunscreen in addition to your daily SPF moisturiser and
reapply it every two hours. Together they will give you the right amount of protection and hydration. Plus,
avoiding direct sun exposure during the day, staying in the shade, and covering up also help when it comes to
protecting your skin from harmful rays.
So now you know whether it’s a rainy weekday in the city or a sunny weekend getaway, our SPF moisturisers give
the right amount of UV protection on a daily basis through the whole year.
Adding an Olay SPF moisturiser to your current routine is very easy:
- Start with cleansing
- Use a serum or a special targeted treatment
- Apply your fave Olay SPF moisturiser
- Put on some makeup if you want to
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AND FIND YOUR MATCH