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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 28th June 2018

Beach Beauty Ready

Summer has finally arrived. So whether you’re jetting off somewhere exotic or staying local, our essential tips, buys and accessories, will guarantee you have the holiday of a life time!

It’s that time of year again and the shelves are full of sunscreens but which is best for you, your family and your skin type? Saving your skin from ageing and much worse, SPF has evolved into lightweight fluids, lotions and multi-taskers that are easy to incorporate into your daily regime.

As a general rule, the paler your skin, the higher sun protection factor (SPF) you will need, ideally a SPF50. However as well as SPF we’re now being told to check PA ratings too, which refer to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from the UVA rays. SPF just ranks protection from UVB rays. You can’t be 100 per cent protected from UVB rays and the potency of your SPF isn’t the dictator. SPF50 gives 97 per cent protection, however that’s only one per cent more than SPF30. The difference in factors is the guideline to how long you can be exposed to the sun before reapplying.

Roll with it!

Keep children safe in the sun by using nothing lower than an SPF30 on the body plus a higher SPF – 50 will do the trick – on noses and cheeks. Remember to reapply often, and keep little ones and toddlers out of direct sunlight, especially at midday.

Nivea has introduced its first ever roll-on SPF50 for kids, making it easier to ensure even coverage on little ones’ limbs, and you can now get P20 SPF20 and 30 in a continuous spray can, cutting down on the old spritz-and-slather process you have with regular pump sprays.

Nivea Sun Protect & Moisturise Roll On SPF50, £4.99, from Superdrug, Tunbridge Wells, or visit www.superdrug.com

Golden glow

Pre-Shower Tan, £13.95, is the latest addition to the NKD SKN Luxe Tanning collection of natural-looking tinted and gradual self-tan products. Applied like a body lotion, the tan can be rinsed off after 10 minutes and will gradually develop into a light glow as the self-tan active ingredients continue to work over four to eight hours. For a more intense colour from the first application, just leave the Pre-Shower Tan on for longer than 10 minutes before rinsing.

The unique formula will also hydrate and condition skin.

Available from Superdrug, Tunbridge Wells, and online at www.nkdskn.co.uk

The sunshine vitamin

Sunshine is an important source of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium. Most of us make enough vitamin D through sun exposure during the summer however according to NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) one in five adults may be deficient in this sunshine vitamin.

“Burn easily so avoid the sun at all costs?, or do the typical office hours of 9 to 5 so miss out on the sunshine? Make sure to top up your vitamin D levels. We can get small quantities of vitamin D in foods, including oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies and sardines, as well as in eggs.

“But these amounts are very tiny compared to what our body may need. Try Liquid Sunshine Vitamin D3 Drops, (£29.95, www.revital.co.uk),” advises nutritionist Cassandra Barns.

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