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Are you wearing sunscreen right this minute? You probably should be, even if it’s in a moisturiser.  If you’re inside and summer hasn’t graced our four shores yet, chances are there’s still a UVA wave heading for your epidermis.  And, if you think UVA is nothing to worry about, think again. “The latest research suggests the relatively ignored spectrum of ultraviolet A is an important co-contributor to skin cancer production,” says Associate Professor Greg Goodman, Chief of Surgery at The Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.

Ok, Ok, he’s from Australia where there is hardly a ozone layer left and when it’s hot, it’s REALLY hot, but, and it’s a big but, the same principles apply everywhere. We all share the same sun!

On my campaign for sunscreen, I’ve heard just about every excuse as to why it’s supposedly ‘fine’ not to wear it.  In my research I came across an expert dermatopathologist, Dr. Wendy Roberts.  She is also passionate about the need for sunscreen.  These are her top 5 reasons why she believes everyone should wear sunscreen:

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1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolouration.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature ageing skin.


It’s quite hard to understand today, but tanning was originally something to be avoided at all costs.  A tanned skin meant you were working class and had to perform manual work, outdoors.  A pale skin was prized and belonged to the higher echelons of society who would only venture into sunlight if it offered a large shaded area, or parasol.

This all changed in 1923, when Coco Chanel returned from a Riviera holiday with bronzed skin.  To be tanned was suddenly chic.  By 1927 we had the first tanned model in British Vogue, and a honeyed complexion has been deemed attractive in Western cultures ever since.

It’s true that a tan – whether fake or real – temporarily evens out the complexion and camouflages blood vessels and brown spots.  Ironically though, over time sun damage has the exact opposite effect, increasing skin’s apparent age with uneven appearance, wrinkling, thickening pigmentation and more noticeable blood vessels.

For us in the UK skin cancer seems far, far away (although, horrifyingly it is on the rise with 100,000 new cases being diagnosed every year, here). Maybe an anti-ageing message might appeal to our vanity more and get us to sit up and take notice?

Certainly that first wrinkle could/should be a trigger. Luckily skincare products have improved hugely in recent years with regards to UVA protection and SPFs.
However, many of them still contain a lot of those ‘nasties’ that are harmful to the skin.  These are particularly noticeable in sun care products when the reaction between the sun and said ‘nasties’ can result in all manner of hives, rashes and swellings.

The range of Arbonne skincare that I offer at The Green Room have no nasty chemicals, mineral oil or parabans.  If you see any of these ingredients in your skin care then bin them!  They block your skins ability to protect and repair, thus increasing your skins age! 

Everyone loves the sun and it can do wonders for our mood and psyche but spare a thought for your skin, it’s not that thick so PLEASE tan responsibly.

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Please call The Green Room to get your Arbonne skincare/Suncare …for every day of the year..not just summer time. xx

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