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SUN PROTECTION
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We all know that protecting your skin from the sun is important, but why does sun protection have to be so confusing? With so many choices available to us, it can be hard to know exactly what to look for, especially when looking for a sunscreen. Discover The Body Shop's latest tips on how to tan safely this summer, the difference between UVA and UVB rays, and the best summer skin regimens.

SHOP SUN PROTECTORS
THE LOW DOWN

WHAT ARE UV RAYS?

UV rays are a part of the light rays the sun emits and reaches the surface of the earth. Sun protection focuses on UVA and UVB rays.

WHAT IS SPF?

SPF or sun protection factor refers to a rating for the level of UVB protection in a product. The higher the SPF number, the more protection from UVB that sunscreen will provide.

WHAT ARE UVA RAYS?

UVA (for aging) rays penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching the dermis. They are present all year round and are responsible for skin aging by degrading collagen and elastin. This long term damaging UVA ray represents 95% of the UV rays in total.

Your skin needs to be protected from both
UVA and UVB rays.

WHAT ARE UVB RAYS?

UVB (for burning) rays usually burns the top layers of the skin. These harmful rays are responsible for sunburns and their intensity varies from season to season, time of day and location. This skin surface burning UVB rays represent 5% of the UV rays in total.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON HOW TO TAN SAFELY THIS SUMMER

Are UVA and UVB rays only damaging in summer?

The intensity of UVB rays will vary by season, location and time of day. Unlike UVB rays, UVA is present all year round, whatever the season, whatever the weather and can even go through windows!

What actually happens in our skin cells when we tan?

The skin's natural pigmentation is due to melanin which is a natural pigment synthesised by melanocytes found in the base of the epidermis. Exposure to UV rays increases the level of melanin production and this is the skin's natural mechanism against the harmful UV rays. This results in tanning and hyperpigmentation.

Can all skin types burn?

Yes, but all skin types have different levels of vulnerability to UV radiation, so it will take some skin types longer to burn than other skin types. Sunscreens provide different levels of sun protection that help prevent the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.

Is there a 'safe' way to tan?

There's really no way to tan ‘safely’ but you can reduce the negative effects of exposure to the sun, by keeping your skin protected from UVA and UVB rays with a high factor sunscreen with high PA protection– reapply every two hours and after being in the water.

When is the best time to go out in the sun?

It's best to go out in the sun when the suns rays aren't at their strongest. Avoid the midday sun and stick to early mornings and late afternoons. Try not to stay in the sun for more than an hour and always wear sun protection,a hat and sunglasses with a UV block coating (because UV rays can penetrate through eyes too!).

Is there such a thing as a safe tan?

A fake tan is always the safest type of tan! Wearing a moisturiser with a sunscreen daily will help to minimise the UVA/UVB damage.

Help! I've been burnt! What should I do?

Get out of the sun as soon as possible. Soothe your skin with a water based emollient to keep it cool and moist. Drink plenty of fluids and apply a cold compress such as a cold flannel. Avoid applying products that could irritate your skin further.

WE HAVE YOU COVERED

Now that you know more about the damages of UVB and UVA rays, you know that you don't need to be hitting the beach to benefit from sun protection. Even city living can leave you exposed to the suns harmful rays. Discover The Body Shop's best summer skin regimens. Help protect your skin with our best selection of sun protecting products, which work hard to keep your skin hydrated and protected all summer long.

VITAMIN C GLOW-PROTECT LOTION SPF 30
Vitamin C GLOW-PROTECT
LOTION SPF 30
$23
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Aloe Vera Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15
Aloe Vera Soothing
Moisture Lotion SPF 15
$21
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Vitamin E Lip Care Stick SPF 15 Vitamin E Lip Care Stick SPF 15
Vitamin E
Lip Care Stick SPF 15
$9
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Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15
Seaweed Mattifying
Moisture Lotion SPF 15
$20
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Pomegranate Firming Day Lotion SPF 15
Pomegranate Firming
Day Lotion SPF 15
$21
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Maca Root Energetic Face Protector SPF 15
Maca Root Energetic
Face Protector SPF 15
$18
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Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion
Vitamin E SPF 15
Moisture Lotion
$20
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