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He is the only person to look good this shade of orange.

Ahhh. Summer.

Sunshine with thunderclouds and heavy rain, but it is a dramatically British summer this year.
But, with the so terribly unpredictable, it is SUPER easy to just forget that you must look after your skin and protect it against the sun. Sunburn is the very least of your problems, with premature ageing of the skin and that fact that skin cancer is extremely high in the UK. In 2010, 100 000 people were diagnosed with skin cancer in the UK (source http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx)

That bottle of factor 4 suntan lotion from 2003 will not be any good – you may as well rub mayonnaise onto your skin for all the protection you are giving yourself. I’m not joking; all products have a use-by date between 12 months and 18 months. For if you haven’t used sunscreen since September, having opened a new bottle last May, it’s likely to be past its use-by-date.

To protect your skin and enjoy the sun you must stick the following rules:

  • You absolutely must use a high SPF that offers both UVA and UVB protection.
  • You absolutely must stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
  • You absolutely must wear a hat.
  • You must absolutely wear sunglasses.
  • You must absolutely look fabulous whilst doing so.

The NHS recommends using sunscreen SPF15+.
At Mary Kay, our sun-care range starts at SPF 30 and goes all the way up to SPF 50+-we take sun-care very seriously indeed. Water resistant and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes you can enjoy the glorious (if temperamental) British sunshine.