Tuesday, 14 June 2016

My Summer Beauty Secret | Cancer Research UK | #OwnYourTone

I am supporting the amazing Cancer Research UK to share my summer beauty secret and to talk about their hot new #OwnYourTone campaign which runs until the end of August.

Lots of people are always searching for the number one way to keep their skin looking youthful and radiant. Of course, staying hydrated does help, as well as moisturising but my number one go-to for keeping my skin glowing is by protecting it from the sun by covering up, seeking shade and using sunscreen!

It is easy to get caught up in the hype that having a tan makes you look healthy but tanning isn't healthy for your skin. A tan is a sign that your skin is trying really hard to protect yourself from the sun/UV rays. Sunbeds aren't healthy either, in fact, too much exposure to UV from them or the sun causes premature skin aging and is the main cause of skin cancer. That is why Cancer Research UK has launched the #OwnYourTone campaign, to encourage people to love their natural skin tone and protect it from the sun. They want to demonstrate the beauty and confidence of young people embracing their natural skin tones and avoiding the damaging effects of UV.

There are three ways to protect your skin from the sun;
*Spend time in the shade
*Cover up - an SPF alone isn't enough to protect your skin
*Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and 4 stars or more to protect the skin you can't cover

*Using a sunscreen shouldn't be an excuse to stay in the sun for longer, and no sunscreen can provide 100% protection from the sun, so seeking shade and covering up is important!

Every single day I apply at least apply a facial sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Seriously. It has just become a part of my everyday routine and I don't even think about it anymore.

I know people can be fussy with applying sunscreen to their face because the product might not feel right for their skin but my holy grail face sunscreen is the amazing Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion. This product applies perfectly to my face, leaving a matte feeling. It absorbs quickly and doesn't make my skin oily throughout the day. I even find this to be the perfect primer before applying my make-up!

Onto my holy grail body sunscreen product... I am a HUGE fan of Garnier's Ambre Solaire Original Protection Lotion in SPF 30. I hate sunscreens that feel sticky and leave a residue but this product does the complete opposite. It absorbs fast, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

Now having, spoken about the danger of UV from the sun, of course, you do need some sunlight! No need to turn into a total vampire...some sun is necessary for your dose of Vitamin D.

Some extra advice to help you maintain your gorgeous, natural skin tone!

*In the UK, the sun is strongest from April to October, and between 11am-3pm.
*Shade includes spending time inside, as well as under trees or by using umbrellas/parasols. Be aware of sunlight reflecting off the ground, including concrete, sand, and water.
*Sunscreen should be applied generously and regularly (as a guide, around 2 teaspoons of sunscreen will cover your face, arms, and neck.

You can find more information about enjoying the sun safely here and remember to #OwnYourTone!


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