I was looking through some work from last year when I realised I never posted about this little shoot I did for the Irish Cancer Society. When I was younger I never looked after my skin. I used to use facewipes, not wear sunscrean and even did the occasional sunbed!!! (I know, very silly, but I was young and irreverent).
How times have changed. I now have a 5 step daily skincare routine (precleanse, facewash, skin hydration booster, moisturiser, eyecream), as well as exfoliating twice a week. Also, most importantly I now wear sunscreen every single day. I love the Pure Light moisturiser from Dermalogica, it hydrates my skin without making it feel oily, it is lightweight enough to wear under my make-up and it also protects me from the sun. Plus it has really improved the unevenness of my skin, getting rid of that pesky bit of pigmentation that I had on my upper lip that somewhat resembled a moustache.
Seriously, it is really important to look after your skin. According to cancer.ie. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in Ireland and one in three people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime. 50% of cancers are preventable!
For the last few years I was a volunteer with the Look Good Feel Better programme. It was a really beneficial programme where make-up artists and wig specialists would visit hospitals in Ireland and teach beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatment. I would come face to face with so many ladies that were dealing with cancer and it really opened my eyes. Cancer doesn’t just affect the old, many of the patients were young, in their 40s, also there were plenty that I would say were the same age as I am 28. Unfortunately the programme was ended due to lack of funding, a very sad sad day in my eyes.
For those of you unlucky enough to have been diagnosed with cancer of any type who may be reading this, please get in touch if you have any beauty related questions that I might be able to help you with. It could be anything on how to get the right brow shape, to how to get rid of redness etc. If your skin is highly sensitised since you have been getting treatment, I can highly recommend Avene Skincare products, they are extremely gentle and formulated especially for sensitive skin. Also they have recently brought out a tinted compact. Which gives great coverage as well as a high spf protection.
With all this in mind, it is so important to protect your skin everytime you leave the house with a good SPF(Sun Protection Factor). A lot of people I talk to, don’t realise that there is actually a formula for SPF to help you choose what is the correct number for you. Have you ever spent the whole day out in the sun, had your high spf on but still burnt? Well it could be because you didn’t have a high enough one on, or you could have spent too much time in the sun. If in doubt follow this formula:
Figure out how long can you stay in the sun without any sun protection on before getting burnt. Then you multiply this by your chosen factor to see how much longer you can stay in the sun with it on. For example, most Irish people can probably stay in the sun for 15 minutes before burning. If you choose an SPF of 10, you could stay in the sun for 150 minutes before burning. 15min x SPF10 = 150 minutes or 2.5 hours. So if you plan on staying in the sun all day on holidays, an SPF of at least 40 is a must!
When you go out in the sun, at home or abroad, there are no excuses, be skin safe!