11 May 2016
The truth about sunscreen
I'm eager to share with you all of the common questions posed to me by bloggers, beauty and health writers, and well-known fashion journalists.
They all want to know the answer to this seemingly taboo skincare paradox: "You're not a fan of sunscreen. Why?"
My answer is always this: "I'm not a fan of sunscreen when you work in an office 9-5, Monday to Friday.”
I believe sunscreens are for the weekend, holidays and for those who work or play outdoors - not for daily use while you're inside a building. Otherwise it’s just unnecessarily adding to the already significant chemical load our body takes as part of modern everyday living.
When I ask journalists why they wear sunscreen when they work indoors five days a week, the answer is almost always the same.
"Because everyone tells you to. I mean, the sun's bad isn't it?"
What do they think will happen if they stop wearing sunscreen five days a week to work? The answer is unanimous.
"I haven't even thought about it until now, but it would be a big relief. I hate the feel of it."
So, to all you lovely ladies who work indoors five days a week, please remember that sunscreens often clog, irritate and over-burden the skin.
Only wear it when you need to, and when you do need it, buy a dedicated sunscreen, preferably containing Zinc or Titanium Dioxide, as opposed to just a product containing SPF. Light reflectors are far safer ingredients than chemical UV absorbers.