Tanning and Natural sunscreen Do I need Sunscreen lotion in the UK?Keeping your skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun is something that all of us should be doing.UVA and UVB rays from the sun are around us daily however we are most at risk in summer when we strip off our layers of clothing and expose our bare skin to the sun.Skin cancer is on the increase yet we can take preventative measures against it.
UV rays damage your skin. UVA rays are known as ultra violet aging rays and UVB rays are known as ultra violet burning rays.When you see it said like that, it reminds you of why we need protecting from them. The free radicals alter your dna structure and lead to premature aging of your skin.It only takes one episode of sunburn to alter your skin tone, cause sensitive skin patches and increase your risk of skin cancer.There is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanned skin is sun damaged skin. Yes many of us love to sport a golden glow in summer but it is ironic that we say a tan makes us look healthy, when it is actually a sign of damage. If you want to tan in the natural sun then thatâ€™s ok, just make sure you are protecting your skin as much as possible and take precautions against burning.
Baba Me recommend using natural and organic suncreams. You donâ€™t need to overload your skin with harsh chemicals to be protected from the sun.We have researched and brought to you a great selection of mineral sunscreens that physically block UV rays from reaching your skin. we also have a superb Marine safe range. Helping you to protect yourself whilst respecting the planet.
PollutionWe have also thought about pollution from sun care. Because we go into the sea, our sun cream washes off and leaves traces behind in the water. That water is teaming with marine life and coral reefs however not for much longer if we donâ€™t take steps to protect it.EQ Evoa have brought the first marine safe natural sunscreen to the market and we have it at Baba Me.This marvellous suncare doesnâ€™t harm the marine environment so you can put it on and be safe in the knowledge that you are protecting yourself as well as the planet that we live on.Available in SPF 30 and SPF 50, this certified organic natural sunscreen is quick to absorb, non greasy and will protect your whole family. It will protect your skin from UVA, UVB and also UVC rays.EQ Evoa is a water resistant sunscreen however it is recommended to top up if you are in and out of water a lot.
3 rules to rememberAvoid the midday sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm.Cover up in the sun. Use a broad spectrum organic sunscreen
All about SPF and Star ratings.SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a simple formula for working out how long your suncream will keep you protected from burning.If you naturally would start to burn after 10 minutes in the sun, then a factor 20 will keep you safe for 200 minutes. That is approximately 3 hours before you need to reapply. Multiply the spf number by the time it takes for your skin to start seeing signs of redness. SPF 30 x 20 minutes = 600 minutes in the sun without burning.Using a higher factor will give you longer in the sun but you are still being exposed to those UVA rays.A sunscreen with a 4 or 5 star rating is a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion. An spf 30 with a 4 or 5 star rating will offer better protection than an spf 50 with no star rating.You need to bare in mind that the spf and the star rating is only applicable if you are using the correct amount of spf sunscreen and applying it often enough. Most people don't use enough and don't reapply when they should.
Not all sunscreens are water resistant so need to be applied after swimming. With children in and out of pools, itâ€™s difficult to ensure that you have them adequately protected. You can buy sport sunscreen if you will be in and out of water a lot or a water resistant lotion however you may need to top it up during the day.Zinc and titanium dioxide sun sticks are popular with sporting people. They act as a physical sunscreen to block out uva and uvb rays. These can be applied immediately before sun exposure as they work as soon as you apply them. Many zinc oxide formula sunscreen sticks have a guide colour to help you see where you have applied.The sunscreen stick is handy to keep in your car or handbag as its a solid formula and won't spill. They are also great to send to school with your child as they are easy to apply.You can also get lip balm with an spf in. Lips are susceptible to cold sore breakouts in the sun and a protective lip balm will reduce that risk and keep your lips comfortable.
How much should I be using?A rough guide is one teaspoon of sunscreen for your face and neck.It takes six full teaspoons of sun lotion to cover an adult body.
Using a conventional sunscreen means applying a lot of chemicals to your skin. We know that skin absorbs anything we put onto it so it makes sense to apply organic ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera. Using an organic sun cream in the natural sunlight is the way forward.You can protect your family with mineral sunscreens, safe in the knowledge that they are cruelty free, certified organic and are good for your skin.
AfterSunThe sun is very drying on your skin. It can be left parched and feeling tight. You will need to give it good drink and rehydrate it with an after sun lotion.Choose a rich creamy shea butter for intensive moisturising or a light fluid lotion with a matte finish if you just want a quick moisture boost.If you have overdone the sun and burnt your skin, use an aloe vera or lavender based body lotion to soothe that sore skin whilst hydrating it. Stay out of the sun for 24 hours and keep that area covered until it has healed. You need to prevent the skin from peeling where possible.
The only safe tanIs one from a bottle. Thatâ€™s right, we do allow you to tan, as long as its fake.You can get your glow on and look fab with our range of natural self tans. Eco by Sonya is an award winning tanning company from Australia.There is a self tan here to suit everyone. From a gradual tanning moisturiser that will give you a little hint of colour each day, to an immediate self tan foam that will darken over a period of 4 hours to give you a hawaiian holiday tan.You get to choose what level of tan your skin goes as you can wash the guide colour off after an hour or leave it for 4. The guide colour is great if you need an instant tan for going out.All of the Eco by Sonya tanning range is hydrating on your skin, gives a good natural colour without a hint of orange or a streak in sight!
Check out our Self tanning blog for all of the tips and information on your tan application.