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Ultrasun’s Abi shares tips for staying safe in the sun

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Hi everyone – well great news – it looks like spring is finally here which means summer is not far behind! Time to really start considering your skin’s health and maybe just maybe, making sure that this is the year you really look after yourself (current Ultrasun users – you are doing a great job so just keep up that great work!)

OK firstly the serious bit – serious skin damage is growing – please do look after yourselves and your loved ones. We can honestly change this very worrying trend. Now onto my top tips to keep you healthy and looking fab, so you can relax and enjoy that sunshine!!!

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  • Ultrasun modelHow and when you apply sun protection matters: Always apply sun protection to cool, clean, dry skin in the shade (ideally indoors) 15-30 minutes before you or your children go into the sun. It’s important that this step is followed regardless of what sun cream brand you choose, as if applied in direct sunlight, sun cream can evaporate before it has even had a chance to bond with the skin and therefore becomes less effective. Apply liberally to all exposed, or potentially exposed, parts of the body.
  • Understand shade: To avoid the peak potency of the sun, take shade breaks between 11am – 3pm. Over 90% of UV can penetrate light cloud cover, and this remains a common mistake and reason for sunburn – both in the UK and abroad. Shade given by trees and parasols only gives protection from around 70% of UV rays. Out of the shade, remember a simple shadow rule: The shorter your own shadow, the higher the sun and the greater the risk
  • Make sun protection part of the daily routine at home and away: cleanse, tone, Ultrasun! Add it to the morning ritual before applying make-up or the kids are going to school or out to play. Sensitivity to UV damage increases as you get hot and sweaty making sunburn more likely. Sun safe habits should begin from birth
  • Little girlRemember the 3s rule – sunhat, shirt and sun cream: always wear brimmed hats or a cap with a cloth flap that covers the back of the neck to protect the scalp from burning. Use skin protection products with an SPF20 or above, preferably free from emulsifiers, preservatives and perfume as these are the main causes of allergic responses
  • Eyewear: Playing outdoors is vital to a child’s physical health but children’s eyes can be more sensitive to UV light than those of adults, so they need protection. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses for your child with 100% UV filtration; toy sunglasses may provide no protection at all
  • Know your labels: Please do check that your product has an adequate SPF and strong UVA protection. UVA rays penetrate deeply, right down to the subcutaneous layers of the skin and do long-term damage. Look for the new UVA in a circle sign on the bottle, or better still check with the manufacturer the percentage of UVA protection in your product. The EU standard is 33% of the SPF rating but products from Ultrasun all have a UVA of over 90%
  • Kajak man CMYKPick the right SPF factor: skin that is not used to the sun is less able to protect itself. Under the influence of UV rays, the skin begins to thicken and starts producing melanin. These processes take 10-20 days to take place, so use extra protection while your skin is adjusting to the sun. Know your sun account and that there is a difference between an SPF of 50 or 50+. An SPF 50 is tested to be exactly that but a 50+ must achieve at least an SPF 58 to get that all important ‘+’ sign
  • Rehydrate your skin after sun exposure: after sunbathing, the skin needs a regeneration time of at least 12-14 hours. During this time, some of the damage to cells will be repaired, so ensure you use a good quality aftersun product that will help to accelerate this process by ensuring the skin is rehydrated
  • Beware of the reflection factor: different surfaces reflect the sun’s rays and intensify their effects: water, concrete, sand, snow etc. can intensify the radiation by up to 80%
  • Remember to drink plenty of water! this will ensure that your skin (and body) stays hydrated throughout the day.

Ultrasun model in the ocean

And lastly have fun – I know I do nag (a lot!) but summer should be fun, easy time with the family and hopefully long summer evenings in the garden with maybe…just maybe the odd glass of wine! (hope that’s not just me!)

Abi xxx

To stock up on suncare, check out the selection of Ultrasun products online.

8 Comments

  1. Elaine brown March 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Abbie just to say i love ultra sun products, there is a couple of things are you still making 30 spray as I find it very good and are you doing 30 face in 100mls on its own as I use it all the time and I like the tubes. Thanks

  2. Mary March 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Can you advise in relation to sunscreen for hands, I work in the healthcare sector and am required to maintain hand hygiene, how should I protect my hands from the sun – have you given any thought to a hand cream with sunscreen?

  3. Abi March 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    hi there yes still making sports spray 30 -in fact in a one time only tonight on qvc at 9pm! Face 30 100 ml is item no 224869. That’s the best for hands as well but we are developing a hand formula as well xxxx

  4. jilly March 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Abby I used Ultrasun for the first time last year, (great pricing on QVC) I was on holliday in Cyprus and was so glad I had decided to use this brand It was so hot and my skin coloured well without burning. Of course I was sensible and followed all the advice on drinking plenty of water, shade breaks and giving the skin plenty of aftersun.
    I would not use anything else home, or away. It ISN’T worth the risk.
    Thankyou for your clear honest advice on this product range.

  5. Sue April 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Abi, I use Ultrasun 50+ face cream, I also use Elemis pro collagen marine cream and serums. Should I use Ultrasun first onto cleansed skin then my Elemis products or the other way round?
    Thanks

  6. sarah May 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    hi abi we have been using ultra sun for ages its fab.
    but just wanted to tell you of a big mistake i made ,we have just returned from a holiday in jamaica i had a spray tan for the first time ever before i went & i burnt with 50+ .i could kick myself ( apply to CLEAN dry skin ringing in my ears) just wanted others to be aware .we learn something new every day,
    just wondering if anyone else uses it on their dogs ? .

  7. Sharon July 8, 2015 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Please can you advise when using ultrasun face can you still do your normal skin regime and in which order? Thank you

  8. sally July 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Abi,is it OK to mix face 30 with face 50 pre application? Also how about mixing coverfix drops with ultrasun face products?

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