…Because you probably should be. For the first time in the UK, more than 10,000 people over 55 were diagnosed with melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – last year, according to Cancer Research UK. Indeed, rates of skin cancers in the over-55s have risen by a staggering 155 per cent in the past 20 years – they’re rising among younger people, too, but at a rate of 63 per cent, says the The Telegraph. This is, after all, the generation that pioneered the package holiday, who in the Sixties and Seventies let nothing but a little olive oil get between their limbs and a tan. We’ve come a long way since then and now we all know we need high-factor sunscreen. Yet studies show most of us still don’t use it. What’s more, the rules have changed again, with some sunscreens not as effective as we think and new warnings about unfamiliar types of sun rays. Here, we talk to the experts about the new rules of skin and sun.
Don’t bother with once-a-day sunscreen
In May this year, consumer watchdog Which? tested four sunscreens labelled “once-a-day” and found that after six to eight hours, their average SPF decreased by 74 per cent, to as little as SPF 8. “I don’t think once-a-day sunscreens should exist, they’re ineffective,” says Dr Nicholas Lowe, consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Association of Dermatologists. “Sweat, face-wiping, exercising, swimming, all mean it just won’t stay on. Put it on in the morning and reapply it at lunchtime.”
For a reliable sunscreen to have at home and on holiday, try Thalgo M-Ceutic Sunscreen — Creme-Ecran SPF50+.
This non-comedogenic sunscreen with SPF 50+, is enriched with a patented natural marine filter to provide the skin with invisible and optimal protection.
Expert advice: After applying the Intensive Peel or following a Radicale Renovation professional cosmetic “treatment”. Also before any sun exposure.
Contains the active ingredient Sun’ Ytol Future 1%