Monday, 3 December 2012

Over exposure

This isn't so much of review or product mention as a little bit of a rant.

I went into the supermarket the other day to buy a new body moisturiser however I wanted to get one with an SPF seeing as we are heading into Summer.

When I got in there and was looking at the body moisturisers I noticed that only 1 of them had an SPF (special shout out to Vaseline for their body moisturiser with an SPF 15). I found this quite shocking.

I know you can buy just a standard sun cream and they now come in many different types and textures so you can find something that suits, but you would think with the anti-sun damage crusade a lot of the major beauty companies are on with their facial products this would extend into the body care area as well.  

Being one of the whitest people in Australia who doesn't tan (and fake tans turn me orange!) I'm a huge fan of covering up in the sun. But it would be nice to know that I can apply just a moisturiser everyday to ensure that I'm protected from the sun, not having to add a sun cream as well.

If you want to know why this is important, let me tell you some fun facts about the sun…

UVA’s cause the most amount of ageing on people out of all external factors. This includes drinking, smoking and unhealthy eating; although these don’t help either. You can get UVA's and UVB's, A's are the aging ones and B's are the burning ones. They don't actually stand for that but that's the easiest way to remember them. And it's important to protect yourself from both!

Another fun fact the second most ageing agent is Sugar (processed sugar not natural sugars).

Pigmentation and uneven skin tones make you look older then lines and wrinkles – I know at first I didn't believe it either, but it’s true. If you removed someone’s discolouration but left all their lines and wrinkles they would still look about 10 years younger.

15 minutes a day is all your skin needs of sun exposure to been healthy. Of course being in sunlight is good, but you don’t need direct sun exposure. Think about how much extra time that is when you are at the beach, in a park or doing any other outdoor activity.   

Fun fact about me – 20 minutes in the sun until I burn…

Yes I actually have a hat like this...

So if anyone knows of any good body moisturisers that have an SPF in it please let me know!

Nat xoxo