Over the years of going to exotic locations, I have taken risks in the sun and have been quite silly when it comes to sun care and using SPF. Although I used it, and I would never go in the sun without an SPF, I could have been a lot better when it comes to sun cream. Forgetting to reapply and using low factor sun creams have been two of my biggest regrets. A few years ago, my beautiful Grandad got skin cancer. He got skin cancer from being out in the garden in the sun, with no or little SPF protection. My Grandad was one of the lucky ones and although he has now been signed off and is now skin cancer free, it has shocked me into changing my approach on protection in the sun. Luckily for me, I have had no issues except some skin pigmentation but it has stopped me from tanning. On occasions, I do like to sunbathe, but I will be covered head to toe in SPF50 and I will develop a golden tan but I do prefer to have a tan from a bottle. La Roche Posay have brought out a range called Anthelios, in which all products are an SPF50+ or high SPF30. I’ve been using La Roche Posay Anthelios every time I am on a long haul trip and I’m so pleased with it.
The La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch Gel- Cream has been a god send to me. I don’t leave my room in a foreign destination without slathering on an SPF50 over my face, ears and neck and paying attention to those delicate areas around my straps as they don’t tend to see the sun much. I only went on a short walk down the beach before breakfast and I could tell that my skin definitely needed the SPF. The cream is tinted but it blends into the skin, giving a nice touch of colour without looking chalky. It’s not quite a BB cream so the shade won’t matter to any skin tone, but it does leave a nice glow without shine. Unlike other SPFs, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and the scent is fresh and not over powering. As with all other SPFs, I double cleanse when removing to make sure my pores aren’t clogged up and so far, I haven’t had any SPF related break outs.
There seems to be a common misconception that the higher the SPF, the less you will tan but that’s not how SPF works. The lower the SPF, the less protection you have against the suns harmful rays and the more chance you will have of burning. I can vouch for this wholeheartedly as I never burn in the sun as I consistently use a high SPF. My Grandad wears an SPF50 each and every time he goes out pottering in his greenhouse and I have converted my blonde haired, pale skinned sister into doing the same. It’s dreadful that a shock like this has opened my eyes, and I will tell everyone I know that SPF50, or a minimum SPF30 is what you should be using. I develop the deepest tan when I do sunbathe using Factor 50, so if it works for me, then it will work for you.
I’m joining in with La Roche Posay’s commitment in the fight against skin cancer, by helping to raise awareness of the importance of checking skin. Skin cancer is the only type of cancer that can be seen with the naked eye and La Roche Posay have recruited over 30 million Skin Checkers internationally.
La Roche Posay are taking a further step and will be unveiling My UV Patch in June. It’s the first ever stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure, free of charge. The patch is designed to be placed on the skin and will change colour when exposed to UV rays. By scanning the patch into a specially designed app, available on both iOS and Android, the app will help educate people on sun safety. I for one will be using this to keep track on my skin and sun care when away.
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