Sun Protection

Stay Safe in the Sun at Sparx Beauty Winchester

Stay Safe in the Sun with Sparx Beauty Salon in Winchester

We all enjoy sunny days, but as we head towards summer, this article explains some important differences between the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and gives advice on staying safe in the sun.  

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a campaign which aims to highlight the dangers of unprotected sun exposure.  At Sparx Beauty Salon in Winchester we stock a full range of top quality sun screens from AlumierMD which can play a key role in protecting you from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. 

What is the difference between the sun’s UVA and UVB rays?

The sun gives off two types of damaging ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB.  Short-term sun damage presents as sunburn, which is caused by UVB rays.  The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) shown on sun screens measures our protection against this type of ray. 

Using a product with a high SPF can lull into a false sense of security however, as we should also be concerned about damaging UVA rays, exposure to which is a leading cause of melanoma.    UVA rays do not make our skin red so quickly, but pass through the epidermis into the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin, causing long-term damage to the skin cells and DNA.   UVA rays can pass through window glass and clouds, meaning regular protection against them is vital.

What type of sunscreen should I use to protect my skin from sun damage?Summer Beauty at Sparx Winchester

The most important thing to look for on a sunscreen label is the term “broad spectrum” which means the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.   Products containing antioxidants will also provide protection against damaging free radicals caused by UV rays.

Another important distinction is between chemical and physical sun filters.  Chemical filters absorb into the skin and usually protect only against UVB rays.  They are known to have poor photo-stability, which means they break down in the sun so must be reapplied regularly.   Physical filters such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide do not break down in the sun however, and offer superior, broad spectrum protection.


AlumierMD sun protection products from Sparx BeautyAlumier MD Sunscreen from Sparx Winchester

 AlumierMD sun screens are recommended by dermatologists as they offer broad spectrum sun protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.  They contain physical filters but are light in texture, gentle and quick drying.   They are perfect for all skin types and are a particularly good sun screen for acne prone skin and rosacea

AlumierMD offer a range of products including extra moisturising Sheer Hydration, which contains vitamin E, and Moisture Matt, a formula which absorbs excess oil to produce a matt finish.  All their products contain naturally occurring antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical damage.  Come and speak to one of our knowledgeable team, who will be able to recommend the best product for you.

Other sun safety tips

Limit your sun exposure: Stay out of the sun when it is strongest, between 11am and 4 pm.

Cover up: Wear a wide brimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt and trousers.  Make sure your sunglasses also offer UVA and UVB protection.

Use Sunscreen correctly: make sure you follow the directions on your sunscreen.  Use enough for proper coverage, reapply after swimming or if you are outside for long periods.  Wear sunscreen everyday.

Is there any such thing as a safe sun tan?

A tan is the result of the skin’s attempt to protect itself and prevent sun damage.   If you would still like to sport a sun-kissed glow this summer but want to avoid exposure to UV rays, a spray tan could be the ideal solution!   Our spray tanning service at our Winchester beauty salon is quick and effective, taking less than 30 minutes to achieve your perfect shade!  You can book your spray tan by calling us now on 01962 878979 or use our online booking service.

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