Essential Sun Care Advice For The Over-40s

Essential Sun Care Advice For The Over-40s

The sun is the single biggest cause of ageing skin – and not just during the summer months. Taking care of the skin now will not just protect you today but help you retain a youthful appearance in the future. Over-40s, who will already have started to see some tell-tale signs of ageing, should be especially careful when spending time outdoors.  As well as slowing down the ageing process, proper sun care will reduce the risk of you developing skin cancer.

The biggest danger to your skin is ultra violet light. These rays can penetrate the skin quite deeply, reducing elasticity by causing damage to fibres in the body that produce collagen. This is why sun worshippers often end up with leathery skin and deep wrinkles.

Sun Safety

UV rays can damage the skin in minutes – less than half an hour. The face often takes a real battering from the sun because it is exposed. That is why, you should always use a day cream with a high SPF. It doesn’t have to be a baking hot day for UV rays to cause damage. They can harm the skin even during the winter months. On sunnier days, you should also apply a sunscreen.

Other measures you should consider in summer include:

  • Limiting your time outside
  • Ensuring you sit in the shade
  • Wearing a wide brimmed hat with a good UPF rating
  • Checking the UV forecast, so you can make informed decisions about outdoor leisure activities
  • Cover up the shoulders and chest area

When choosing day creams and sunscreens, go for products with an SPF of at least 30. Cancer Research UK has some up-to-date statistics for skin cancer cases.

Day Creams With A High SPF

The following day creams have an SPF of at least 30. Click an image for more information about individual products.

Anti-Ageing Face Cream with Creatine & Q10, SPF 30. £7.99
Olay Total Effects Anti-Ageing Moisturiser with SPF 30, 50ml. £7.50
NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Day Cream SPF 30 (50ml). £17
Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Day Cream SPF 30, Skin Smoothing Day Cream, 50ml. Offer price £67.93
DIADERMINE LIFT+ Hydra-Lift Day Cream SPF 30 50ml. £12.28

High SPF Sunscreens

Here re some of the SPF 50 sunscreens available to buy online.

SOS SPF 50 Sun Cream, 50ml. £15.50

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50. £8.63
Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Transparent Sun Cream Protection Spray SPF50, Non Greasy High Sun Protection SPF50 200ml. Offer price £6
Heliocare 360 Oil-Free Gel SPF 50 50ml / Gel Sunscreen For Face. £24.89
La Roche Posay Anthelios Face & Eyes Sunscreen Spf 50+ Shaka Tinted Fluid 50ml. £13.12

**All prices correct at the time of publishiing.

For more sun care advice, visit the British Skin Care Foundation.

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Today’s note to readers: I hope the products above give you an idea of the high SPF creams and lotions currently available, and a price guide. I am afraid, I know what it is like to feel sunburnt. Whoever said radiotherapy is a ‘walk in the park’ after chemo was either lying or trying not to worry me. I look like a lobster! No broken skin or blisters, and it’s two weeks since I finished my three-and-a-half weeks on the torture rack, so I should be grateful for that. I sincerely hope I never have to go through it again. On the bright side, five Herceptin jabs aside, that’s it – I’ve finished my breast cancer treatment. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank regular readers for bearing with me. I will resume more in-depth articles very soon. I couldn’t spend very long outdoors today (sadly) but I nipped out quickly to get this picture of some of the fabulous spring bulbs that have come up in my garden.

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