Summer is quickly coming to an end and the days are slowly becoming shorter. This means our time in the sunshine is quickly diminishing by the day. Soon it will be the middle of the autumnal seasons, where we search for that lovely sunshine through the falling leaves. For a lot of us, it seems that the idea of SPF protection applies for only the hot, or summer months. This is a false truth and something you should rid yourself of following, because UV rays are present ALL year round gentlemen. We still receive sunlight throughout the year, regardless of the season and it can still be damaging to your skin, be it on a bright or dull day. The rate of UV doesn’t depend of how bright the sunshine seems to be during the day.

SPF protection should be a factor that is incorporated into any seasonal change in your skincare regime - from the lightweight summer regimes, to the more rich and heavy-duty winter-based ones. No matter the season or weather, an SPF moisturiser should remain a solid component to allow you the best results for your skin. Take an overcast day for example, it may seem dull and grey, as the light itself may not break through the clouds lining the sky. However, the UV rays penetrate clouds and continue to blanket our epidermises. This means you are at risk should you find yourself outside and exposed to these ultraviolet rays. You’ll also find it important if you find yourself near glass too, as UV rays have no trouble moving through this material. So, take note if your office space is surrounded by windows. You might think you are out of the reach from rays hitting your skin, but more likely you are not and probably not even aware too.

Here are some hero steps to why SPF protection is vital to ensure healthier skin and help negate any damaging effects it may cause.

UV rays consist of UVA and UVB rays. UVA (or Ultraviolet A) have longer wavelengths and are connected to skin ageing. UVB (or Ultraviolet B) are shorter in wavelengths and are connected to the burning of skin. They both are harmful to the skin, unprotected and consistent exposure.

UV rays are invisible, so you cannot see them, which makes it your responsibility to protect yourself against them. They are a constant and consistent. You skin however, can feel them after long exposures. You’ll notice you skin becoming irritated and hot through a burning sensation. This means the rays have begun burning through the first layers of your skin.

Long exposures to UV rays without protection increases the risk of genetic damages to cells in the skin. This can cause/lead to mutations in the skin, defects and more often results of skin cancer.

The top layers of your skin will be affected from these ultraviolet rays. Premature ageing, fine lines, sun spots and wrinkles are promoted with the exposure to these rays. Wrinkles and fine lines are a natural occurrence in the skin’s lifetime, but continuous exposure to sunshine and UV rays will accelerate these effects.

Sun damages to the skin are irreversible. This means when the damage is done, is it done! Don't forget to invest in a good sun cream.

Not only a high risk for skin cancer, but damages to your eyes and lids too. You’ll find you could suffer from the results from eyelid cancer or cataracts. These will significantly decrease your way of living, much like any form of cancer. Often this area of the face is overlooked. It is important to protect your eyes from damages using skin protecting moisturisers and doubling up with a pair of UV negating sunglasses.

You’ll find it is not just the sunniest of days which may have high UV ratings, but also those days that are overcast too. This can be checked daily where you live via a UV ray weather app, or website online. You can then plan your day accordingly.

Locking in SPF protection on the skin through your regime is the best way to enjoy a day out, whilst knowing you are protected. It shouldn’t limit your lifestyle but become a part of it. You’ll find there are sun protection factors now within hydrating and conditioning moisturisers and lotions. So, you don’t need to look for multiple products to ensure safety to the skin. Find which type of product works for your specific skin type and choose a product that benefits you from the protection. The market is full of SPF lotions and moisturisers that not only negate UV damages, but lock in moisture and help to hydrate, nourish and maintain the skins surface and top layers.

Having a tanned body seems appealing through our constant barrage of social media content. It can be hard to sway your need for bronzed skin. But the reality just isn’t worth the risks from UV exposure. You’ll be appreciated much longer if you are alive and well. Against suffering at a younger age due to an irresponsible lifestyle choice. You only get one life and you should cherish it. There are however brilliant alternatives to bronzing your skin without sacrificing its health through self-tanning lotions and spray tanning.

Take the time to find a seasonal regime for all major seasons. It might take some time to find the correct products for your type of skin. But, you can find brilliant SPF skincare ranges that work throughout each season, due to their lightweight consistencies on the market. UV rays are a permanent fixture from spring, to summer, autumn, winter and again throughout the years to come. They are a permanent daily feature. It only takes 20 minutes on unprotected skin for the suns UV rays to start causing problems. Be smart and choose to protect yourself by safeguarding your skin using a high SPF product daily.