They thought it was the second coming…the light emanating from Chelsea Bridge was in fact me walking to the tube, my white blue Celtic skin tone reflecting the rays of The Sun like a solar panel….
So…the Sun is finally here and London has started to heat up: every skin tone is emerging from underground stations all around the capital with white & blue feet in gladiator sandals to the luscious browns flipping and flopping off the buses…the parks are full, many an inappropriate flash of flesh is to be seen making our eyes water…we’re all loving it and valiantly trying to cope with the heat…but just how safe is the lotion you’re using on your face, arms, legs & feet and just how trendy is it to sport a “bra-burn”, we rarely see it and when we do, we’ve no idea how to behave in it, how educated are we with sun protection…
A is for Ageing:
UVA – Ultra Violet A is a long wave deep penetrating sunray and accounts for most of our tanning. It’s largely responsible for our ageing and can penetrate clouds and glass.
B is for Burning:
UVB – Ultra Violet B is a short wave penetrating sunray it affects the more superficial skin layers, it’s what turns you red, gives you sunburn and is a chief contributor to skin cancer.
Typically strongest mid-morning to early afternoon, Does not significantly permeate glass and is with us all year round. Take care whilst skiing or by the sea or in a pool as it is reflected twice on you.
Not all sun care provides full spectrum protection so be aware of that and READ YOUR LABELS!
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor (typically 2-50) and is responsible for blocking the UVB rays but it’s the STAR RATING that covers you from the UVA (0-5). In both cases, the higher the number greater the protection: you need both.
SPF means you get ‘X’ times longer in the sun before you burn – so if the average person typically burns after 10 minutes then it’s 10 x 20 = 200 minutes before you need a reapplication.
SPF 20 is sufficient for everyday, ideal on your face for most of the year (especially if you’re in and out of an office and not directly in the sun).
SPF 30 is good if you’re spending prolonged time in a strong summer sun or on holiday.
Be careful with SPF’s higher than 30 as you may get chemical burn from the ingredients. Is better to get a 20 or 30 and reapply regularly.
Waterproof lotion is a must when bathing and should be applied after your dip to ensure continued protection. Also reapply if you’re prone to sweaty moments and a fevered brow and two tablespoons of lotion for your entire body should do the trick.
So there you have it, lovelies…now you can dance around Hyde Park fully protected showing your wobbly bits… do send me a picture…best pic wins a prize 😉
About the author
Gordon Fraser is a Scottish; London based health & wellness entrepreneur, writer, Philanthropist and media personality.
He’s a fellow of the Institute of Directors, a former board member of the actors union Equity and has a scholarship in his name at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Gordon is a highly creative entrepreneur who’s conceived, implemented systems, generated sales, inspired, mentored, motivated and built a £multi-million global product driven organisation in the highly competitive luxury beauty, health and wellness industry with the superbrand Arbonne.
He is a supporter of The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), which is a charity guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, and promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies.
His Scholarship at L.A.M.D.A is in its third year, it was set up to create an opportunity for the UK’s brightest acting talents unable to take their place at the school and complete their studies due to financial restraints.
As a former actor, Gordon is instrumental in developing projects for television, film, theatrical and online intellectual properties through UK registered business New Gods and Heroes and Los Angeles based Gordon Fraser & Associates, LLC.
He’s a writer, professional speaker, and has addressed and motivated audiences as large as 10,000 in various parts of the world, including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Central Europe.
A Mentor, coach & the UK’s No1 Network Marketing specialist Gordon believes in the power of possibilities and his goal is to make an impact on the world.