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The truth about sunscreen

11 May 2016

The truth about sunscreen

Skin Advice

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.

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