Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent advice on SPF application caused a bit of concern and outrage amongst dermatologists and skincare professionals. Instead of applying SPF all over her face, Gwyneth dabs it on her nose and cheeks, or “where the sun hits”. We are fans of anyone who promotes good health and wellbeing advice, Goop can be a positive environment to learn about many different types of holistic healthcare but this time we don’t agree.
Bruce Green, a chartered scientist, chemist, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry explains why SPF needs to be used more liberally. He has created his own SPF range found here SOS SPF
“Sunlight is essential for health and wellbeing but we all know that too much sunlight in the invisible UV range can have a devastating effect on the skin. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has campaigned for years to promote awareness of the need for sun protection.
Even when the sun is hidden by clouds, UV rays are still there. Including UVA rays that are responsible for giving you a tan, but also responsible for signs of ageing and can initiate skin cancers.
UVA rays make up 90-95% of the sun’s rays that reach the earth, and can penetrate clouds and glass! UVB rays on the other hand are shorter waves but can cause redness and sunburn.
Using a liberal amount of SPF all year round will reduce and prevent sun exposure damage, which can result in fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration, and even skin cancer.”
We agree with Bruce Green and think SPF 20/30 should be used during the winter months, and SPF 50 during summer. Ideally apply about half hour before you go out into the sun and you really do need a good amount to absorb into the skin and don’t forget your ears, they can be forgotten and still see the sun just as much as your face!