We all know the importance of wearing SPF protection all year around by now. Even during grey and rainy days, our skin is vulnerable to UV damage. UV rays from the sun come in two forms - UVA rays which cause ageing and UVB rays which cause burning.

However, more recently, research has shown the damage that high energy visible blue light causes. It has been shown to damage the skin through oxidative effects, which can lead to premature skin ageing and also increase the risk of skin cancer.

With this in mind, Dr. Doireann O'Leary, Avène’s new suncare ambassador, shares her top five S's of suncare safety:

1. Slap on a hat
Wear a sunhat! Choose a broad-rimmed boater, a straw fedora or bucket style hat which shades your face, nose, neck and ears from the sun as these are all common sites for skin cancers. Hats are especially great for keeping children’s heads safe.

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2. Slip on covering clothing
Wear a cover-up in the sun. Especially at the beach or pool!

3. Seek shade
Enjoy the heat and the nice weather but opt to sit in the shade during hot times especially during the midday sun.

4. Sunglasses
UV Sunglasses are a great way to keep the eye area safe from melanoma.

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5. Slather on the SPF – Every. Single. Day
Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside. Use the 2mg per cm2 rule which is approximately 2 finger lengths for your face alone.