1 Watch what you eat
Studies in recent years have found that the antioxidant lycopene acts as a sunscreen that works from within. A 12-week study published in the British Journal Of Dermatology found that women whose diet included 16mg of lycopene every day – the equivalent of two cups of watermelon – found a reduced amount of damage caused by UVA and UVB rays, such as cellular damage and sunburn.
It has been found that tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, including lycopene, when cooked. Other fruits that are lycopene-rich are grapefruit, guava and papaya.
Although it’s encouraged to eat food loaded with lycopene, you STILL need to apply sunscreen – that step shouldn’t be skipped. We highly recommend Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Spray.
2 Check the SPF
The higher the SPF, the less likely you will shrivel up and damage your skin, and possibly develop skin cancer. According to research, if you apply enough of it, SPF15 can filter out about 93% of harmful UVB rays; SPF30 filters out 97%; SPF50, 98%; and SPF100, 99%. Some critics have said the high SPF numbers are simply a marketing ploy, and ultimately all you need is a maximum of SPF30 – and if you burn easily, then an SPF50 sunscreen is recommended. Try Piz Buin SPF30 Ultra Light Hydrating Sun Spray.
3 Don’t rely on your makeup
According to Darrell Rigel, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University, if you plan on only relying on the SPF in your daily moisturiser and foundation, you’d need to reapply them every 90 minutes. Who really has time for that? Daily moisturisers (both face and body) act as a great protective barrier; however, they don’t protect you against harmful UVA rays. After applying a moisturiser (and before makeup), apply a lightweight sunscreen such as Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray.