The SPF essentials: everything you need to know about sun care

We all love summer and the way the sun feels on our skin, but we shouldn’t mistake that warm, fuzzy feeling for something harmless. The sad truth is, it’s possible to develop skin cancer from being sunburnt just once.

If you manage to burn your skin once every two years, the risk of getting melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) actually triples. Next to these startling statistics, exposure to the sun’s UV rays also causes altered pigmentation and loss of elasticity and collagen, making your skin age prematurely.

Want to stay healthy (and wrinkle-free!) at the beach this year? Carefree on your beach towel. Then pay attention to these five common misconceptions.

"As long as my skin hasn’t turned red from the sun, I'm fine"

Actually, tanning occurs when UV rays penetrate the skin and injure pigment cells. Don’t confuse it with a healthy glow; a sun tan is actually proof that your skin has been damaged. You can reduce the effects by using a high-level sunscreen, or using a self-tanning lotion to get a sun-kissed look without putting yourself at risk.

"Left over sunscreen from last year’s holiday? Waste not, want not"

All cosmetics have an expiration date, and the same applies to sun protection products. Check the back of the container for a symbol that looks like an opened jar with a number on it. This number indicates the amount of months you can use it after it’s opened—go past that amount of time, and the protective properties in the formula have decreased significantly.


"Applying sunscreen once will protect me the entire day"

It doesn’t matter what SPF you use, sunscreen must be reapplied throughout the day. Whether we’re swimming, perspiring or simply lounging about, the active ingredients in sun protection break down. They need a boost on a regular basis.


"No sun? No problem!"

This myth is particularly dangerous because most people don’t think about sunscreen on overcast days. However, UV radiation can penetrate through thin clouds, exposing you to danger without you even feeling the sun’s warmth. In some cases, the UV rays can even reflect off the edges of clouds, intensifying their strength.


"Only fair-skinned people need to worry about getting sunburnt"

Poor redheads and those with freckles—they’re the ones who are truly at risk. Wrong. While it’s true that darker skin doesn’t burn as quickly as lighter skin, it can still burn, become damaged and develop cancer without adequate protection. The same thing goes for those who think their holiday “base tan” means they don’t need to use any sunscreen. In actuality, a slight tan can be equated with SPF 4 level protection, which is far from enough.

And now for some good news. Rituals wants you to enjoy the sun as much as possible, and that’s why we’ve developed The Ritual of Karma sun care range.

Including everything from face cream, after-sun lotion and hairspray, The Ritual of Karma collection will keep you safe and hydrated from head to toe during your summer holiday.