When you feel good on the inside you look good on the outside, conversely, if the cold, dark months take their toll on your mood it's going to be written all over your face. Dietitian and well-being consultant Laura Tilt explains how to fight back.
If you find yourself feeling less than chipper during the cold months rest assured you’re in good company – according to research by YouGov, one in three of us suffer from ‘winter blues’, a type of seasonal low mood triggered by shorter, darker days.
Short of moving to the Med, there are some scientifically proven habits that can help. Here’s what you need to know.
WHAT DOES SPF ACTUALLY MEAN?
The Sun Protection Factor is a measure of protection from UVB rays including how long it offers protection. 50+ being the highest rating and SPF15 being the minimum recommended for daily use. Even on gloomy days as 80% of UV rays still get through those clouds.
SPF30 blocks 97% of UV radiation, and SPF50 limits 98% so no cream can offer 100% cover. This is also down to putting the correct amount on and re-applying as required to stay as protected as possible.
UVA VS UVB
Ultraviolet B radiation is absorbed into your epidermis (the top layer of your skin) whilst Ultraviolet A radiation goes deeper into the dermis. The intensity of the sun's rays changes through the day and in different locations, such as altitude where it is higher, so be extra careful when on your ski trip or a mountain hike.
It’s important to use a sunscreen that offers protection for both UVB and UVA rays as UVA rays will attack the collagen and elastic tissue of your skin making you age faster.
If you need any more proof that you need to use sun cream, more regularly and more often, then watch this short film from Artist Thomas Leveritt.