We chat to Lucy Kuper, General Manager and Dermal Specialist of Biologi about after sun care:

‘By now we all know the harmful effects the sun can have on our skin. In this day and age, it’s important to be mindful of the long-lasting damage the sun can do, and to protect yourself from it! As with most things, prevention is better than cure, so first things first are going back to basics and remembering to slip, slop, slap! In fact, the sun is becoming so harsh that the Cancer Council has added a few more words into that ever-famous campaign, which now reads, Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide, reflecting the importance of seeking shade when in the sun and sliding on wrap around sunglasses.

[Looking for a natural sunscreen? Check out Healthy Life’s range – our fave is the Eco Tan Natural Sunscreen ]

Sunburn is the skin’s response to extreme UV exposure and is an indication of severe damage, resulting in redness from dilated blood vessels, tightness and a loss of moisture. Over time the skin cells will start to thicken and melanin pigment will be produced in an attempt to stop the UV rays from penetrating deeper into the layers. If the UV rays do penetrate further, you’re at the risk of damaging the DNA of the cells which can lead to things like cancer. Peeling of the skin can occur as your body is trying to get rid of the damaged cells, instructing them to self destruct and make way for other cells.

Being prepared when heading out in the sun is incredibly important however sometimes you can get caught out. Perhaps you’ve lost track of time and forgot to re-apply your sunscreen or found yourself in the sun without a hat for too long. So just what do you do when you’ve gotten yourself burnt or been over-exposed to the sun?!

Whilst you can’t undo the damage caused from the sun, you can help your skin’s repairing process. The first step is to take a cool bath or shower and dab the skin dry gently. Then, we recommend applying Biologi’s Bf Serum, which is a powerhouse of active phyto nutrients to repair sun damage and protect skin from further damage. The Bf Serum is a unique blend of fruit acids and vitamin C that hydrate, soothe and repair, easing the feeling of sunburn. Apply this daily or whenever you’re feeling like your skin is in need of some moisture. After that, avoid going in the sun! This is incredibly important because you do not want to do further damage, nor risk damaging any of the new skin cells.’

Another fave is Aloe Vera gel – always soothing!! Get yours here via Healthy Life

Prevention is better than cure: Wondering what sunscreens tick the boxes?

Well we always go natural because we all know that what goes onto your skin goes into your system.

{SIMPLE as that} has a new 100% natural, light-weight mineral sunscreen.

With an uncompromising approach to quality and purity of ingredients, the sunscreen has been pharmacist formulated to safely provide broad spectrum protection from the suns UVA and UVB rays using Zinc Oxide as its active ingredient. The {SIMPLE as that} SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Lotion also contains Green Tea and Rosehip Oil, well known for their antioxidant properties, as well as their signature ingredient, Red Raspberry Seed Oil for its natural protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Want an option for your little ones? They also have that covered – check it out here