• Catriona Holt

Creative Hands: Wear Suncream!

Since the 1920s, when we first saw the iconic Coco Chanel step off a boat in the South of France with a glowing bronzed skin tone, the Western World has become obsessed with recreating her healthy glow. In particular, us fair-skinned Irish folk. From spray tans, to mousse, gradual to shimmery tan, it's fair to say we've tried them all. It's not uncommon for Irish men, and women in particular, to hit the sun beds before embarking on a sun holiday, however it may shock you to find out, that by 2020, half of us will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, with skin cancer being the most common on these fair isles. Scary, right?

Here at Creative Hands, we're a big advocate of gaining your gorgeous glow from a bottle, rather than from artificial sources, such as tanning beds. While we've definitely been guilty of heading for a spray tan before jetting off on our holliers, it goes without saying, we still ALWAYS apply our sun screen before heading out in the sun. It's a common misconception that spray, or other fake tan, contain enough SPF to protect our skin from harmful UV rays, but this is definitely not the case. We recommend at least a factor 50 (yes, 50!) applied to the face and decolatage. Not only will this protect our beautiful faces from feeling the wrath of the sun, but will prevent sun spots, wrinkles and other signs of aging. The remainder of your body really depends on your skin type and tone, as some is "able" for the sun better than others. (We say "able" because, realistically, the sun is damaging to all skin types, but those of us who were blessed with pale skin feel the wrath of the sun's rays a lot worse than others!) However, we do recommend wearing at least a factor 30 elsewhere. And remember, ladies and gents, sun screen will not stop you from coming home with a gorgeous bronzed glow, but it will block out most of the sun's harmful rays. We recommend applying your sun screen every two hours AT LEAST! If you're going swimming, apply directly after you dry off (yes, even if it's water resistant, as some of it will still wash off!) however sweating can also cause your sun cream to become ineffective, so just keep an eye on that. Lastly, it also goes without saying, if you feel any area on your skin is particularly hot, make sure you cover it up, chances are it's already burning. You have been warned. Stay safe in the sun!

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