When we tan, it’s our skin producing its own natural SPF – melanin. ‘It’s actually your skin crying out for you to stop tanning!’ says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Rachael Eckel.
And it’s lighter skin types that have the wrong type of melanin, which is why they have a higher incidence of skin damage. Help is at hand though with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector
SPF 25, R295, that can also be worn alone as a primer. This sheer, high-level broad-spectrum sun protection is safe to use on the eye area and sensitive skin.
Eat your SPF! ‘Diet affects how our skin burns,’ says Dr Nabet. ‘Too much sugar and processed food weakens cell formation, which can lead to your skin reacting more dramatically to the sun.’ But there are a host of foods you can eat to help protect your skin. TOMATOES Contain lycopene, which has been proven to help prevent sunburn. OMEGA 3 Reduces any inflammation caused by UV rays. KIWI FRUIT Ranked the highest in the world for vitamin C, which is essential for tissue repair after UV exposure.