High UV index damage your skin even on a cloudy, rainy winter's day!
We all know that we should use sunscreen, but sometimes it might be furthest things from your mind when the sun seems shy. Do we really need to bother on a cloudy day, or in the middle of winter, or when we’re indoors? Simply, YES!!! The harmful rays responsible for ageing and sun damage , for example, can penetrate clouds, so even if you don’t get sunburnt, damage is still being done. Result: wrinkles, brown spots and the worst, melanoma. Cloud does not absorb UV very well, and neither does rain. If the cloud is low it will reduce the UV, but you’d still burn – it would just take about twice as long.
Lets look a little deeper into the effects of sun damage to your skin.
1. Sun Exposure May Cause Up To 90% Of The Visible Changes Attributed To Aging
A groundbreaking Australian study has demonstrated for the first time that regular sunscreen use can prevent the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma.The Australian study*, involving 1600 randomly selected residents from Nambour in Queensland, was conducted from 1992 to 1996. Half the participants applied sunscreen every day and the other half applied sunscreen as they would normally. This important study has found that those who used sunscreen daily had a substantial reduction in melanomas (the most deadly form of skin cancer) compared with those who used sunscreen as and when they wanted.
The World Health Organisation also warns of the ageing effects of the sun:
“Chronic overexposure to the sun can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin. Sun induced skin damage causes premature wrinkling, sags and bags, and easy bruising. Up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing may be caused by sun exposure.”
* Journal of Clinical Oncology, July 2010
2. UV Exposure Seems To Be Responsible For 80% Of Visible Facial Aging Signs
The skin on our face is the thinnest and the most sensitive part of our body and ageing signs like wrinkles, dullness, lack of firmness of skin tissue, brown spots, and unevenness is the most visible on our face, neck and hands. In particular, pigmentation disorders and wrinkles and lack lustre texture are the most strongly linked to ultraviolet (UV) exposure. So in short, UV damage to our skin is the most damaging in contrast to gravity and pollution, or lifestyle factors like diet, tobacco, illness, and stress.
And if you still need further convincing that sunscreen isn’t just for the beach or on sunny days? The photo of Bill McElligott, 69, a truck driver from the USA. Having spent 28 years behind the wheel, the left side of his face looks roughly 20 years older than the right, thanks to being exposed to UVA rays through the truck window.
Sorry to scare you guys! But we just want to make sure you understand that unprotected sun exposure is so damaging to our skin!
Now, it's not all bad news. There is hope. We can protect our skin and prevent wrinkles and sun spots. Do you remember Slip. Slop and Slap? At primary school (in Australia), we were taught to Slip on a shirt, Slop on the broad spectrum sunscreen, Slap on a hat. This is the wisest and easiest way we can help to prevent those brown spots and crows feet. The most important thing is to be consistent and wear your sun protection EVERYDAY!
Choose the right sunscreen for you and apply it all over your face, neck and back of hands everyday regardless of the weather. Wearability and consistency is the key to the perfect sunscreen. If the sunscreen causes Casper-like white caste, piling that ruins your makeup and quite yucky? (and very annoying because you have to start your skincare routine all over again!), too drying or too oily, you tend not to stick with it regardless of how high the SPF, whether if's chemical or a physical blocker, or the great ingredients used. There are a lot of trial and error and trying out different sunscreens just right for you.
We love sunscreens that ticks all the right boxes mentioned above.
Lagom Cellup Sun Gel is a super-lightweight sun cream is designed for super-fast absorption with its gel-like texture that glides beautifully onto skin. With it’s matte finish, no more greasy shine! Don't take our word for it. Take the 5 star reviews from our customers like the one below:
"After a few weeks that I’ve been wearing this product every single day I can say this is so far the nicest face sunscreen that I’ve ever tried. It’s lightweight, no white cast, it seats beautifully under makeup and it doesn’t break me out. I have dry/dehydrated skin very prone to break outs and I’ve always had problems to find a comfortable sunscreen that doesn’t dry or stress my skin. I tried expensive, cheap, natural/organic, physical and chemical sunscreens but none did work for me except this one. Korean skincare is one step ahead! I definitely recommend this product." - Valentina S. ( Perth, WA )
The Sun Gel has been so loved, it has sold out 5 times at Franki and Seoul for the last 6 months and flies off our shelves ( we even get a couple of emails every week from US customers asking us to ship it to them because it has been completely sold out at the US retailer?!). Click the link Lagom Sun Gel to grab yours before they all fly away again!
This gorgeous white bottle remains in a few of our handbags and brief case when we are out or have a meeting because we love reapplying throughout the day. Do you apply your sunscreen everyday rain, hail or shine? What is your sun care plan? Love to hear your thoughts !
Jayme and Jenny