Rainbow-icon

Active in the sun

Share

Feel the moment!

Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing escape from the heat during a nice swim, a relaxing boat ride, a run, or a nice workout outside – or simply just a day at the beach? 

Spending time outside is highly rejuvenating, but it’s important to protect your skin from the sun – and especially the reflecting elements, that increases your exposure. Between prolonged sun exposure, sweating and spending time in the water or in the snow, there are plenty of opportunities to get sunburned. And just like a proper preparation for a football match, like shoes, shin guards and a team strategy, it is key to remember applying and re-applying sun protection.

 There are many factors that can contribute to a painful sunburn during outdoor activities. Altitude, sea levels, reflections from surfaces are just some of the elements, that can damage your skin. That is why we’ve created this guide to sun protection for outdoor activities, so that you can enjoy the activities that you love, without worrying about sunburns and skin damage.

Water sports:

There is nothing that can recreate your inner child like a playful day in the water. Whether you get high on adrenalin on the surfboard, love a nice, active swim or just a day on the beach or by the pool, you need to be especially careful when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun. Not only does the water increase the amount of UV, as it reflects the sun’s rays – the cooling effect of the water makes you think that you are not getting burned. Talk about a highly dangerous cocktail! As always sun protection is your best companion and you should apply high factor, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sun protection at least 20 minutes before you head out to enjoy the day by the water. And don’t forget to re-apply as the hours go by.

Did you know that P20 Original is highly water resistant?

Winter sports: 

Higher altitudes increase your risk of sun damage, as the UV exposure increases by roughly 5% with every 1.000 feet (300 meter) above the sea level. Meaning that an altitude of 10.000 feet (3km) above sea level can give you radiation that can be as much as 45% stronger. And in addition, the snow acts as a reflective surface, bouncing the suns UV rays back towards you for a double dose of exposure. 

A high factor, broad spectrum sunscreen is the only way forward. Be sure to cover all areas – even the nostrils, as they are extra exposed to the sun, when the UV rays reflects upwards off the snow’s surface.

Did you now that all P20 products contain broad spectrum UVA- and UVB-protection?

Extreme sports:

Compared to dangling from a cliff on a rock climb or going fast downhill on a mountain bike, you might think the risk of sun damage is trivial. Sun damage can be just as fatal when you are sweating in the sun without protection. Here is why. If you enjoy activities that requires extreme effort, you most likely will spend prolonged amounts of time in the sun, as well as at high level of altitudes or in the water. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is specially formulated to outdoor activities and maintains a high SPF, will help you limit your exposure to UVA and UVB rays.

Did you know that all P20 sun products protects up to hours?

Competitive sports:

Football, tennis, a marathon – you name it – a sport played outside, requires a large amount of time both training and competing. And as essential it is to stay in shape and do it your best, as crucial it is to protect yourself from the sun. Even on a cloudy day, where up to 80% of UV rays are still beaming down on your skin. It takes measures to perform at your best – and sun protection is one of them. Using a specially formulated sunscreen that retains its protection when your skin is sweating heavily, will protect your skin while you are training and competing.

Did you know that P20 Original Lotion, Spray and Continuous Spray are sweat resistant?

So, how can you keep track of the daily UVA and UVB level? Enter The UV Index – a tool, developed by WHO, to determine how much UV radiation you are surrounded by. To identify the daily index, there are a variety of weather apps, that can guide you to the best precaution against UV radiation. Let’s break down the index:

  • Index 0-2: Low risk and no protection is required, and it wouldn’t be the end of the world not wearing sun protection outside.
  • Index 3-5: Moderate risk and protection is required – Slop on P20 Suncare in the morning and hang around outside with no regrets.
  • Index 6-7: High risk and protection is required – Slop on P20 Suncare with a minimum of SPF 30, slap on a brimmed hat, slide on your sunglasses and seek shade from the sun.
  • Index 8-10: Very high risk and protection is crucial – Start the day with a SPF 50 and continuously reapply the slopping during midday and evening. Slap on a brimmed hat – it does not matter that it doesn’t match today’s outfit, as long as you wear your supercool sunglasses and stay clear of direct sunlight.
  • Index 11+: Extreme high risk and protection is crucial – Stay inside or at least stay clear of direct sunlight. If you must go outside, remember to slop, slap and slide from head-to-toe.

The UV Index changes throughout the day and is usually strongest during midday. But it’s important to notice, that UV rays are always present, and we highly recommend that you use P20 sun protection every day, all year.

Something new under the sun

Travelling abroad

It’s not the destination itself that decides how much sunscreen you should use when traveling abroad – it’s much more the elements and nature of the earth, that control how to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. You can just as easily get sunburns and damaged skin at your next skiingtrip, as you can at the beach in Thailand. In short, if you are travelling near equator or at high altitudes, you are at an increased risk of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Something new under the sun

Chemical vs. mineral sunscreens

There is a plot going on! A mean plot and comparison against mineral and physical sunscreens. And to be fair, it doesn’t really make sense as they are completely different products. Neither are better or worse than the other as they do the exact same thing – protecting your skin! It’s like comparing a P20 spray to a P20 lotion; same idea, different execution. It’s a search for the one that a better fit for your skin rather than a debate.

The main difference, however, is their ingredients. Mineral sun protection contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide whilst chemical sun protection includes organic and more active ingredients.

So, which one is better for you? Well, that depends on what you prefer. To help you tick off your box, we’ve put together a list of each characteristic for chemical and mineral sun protection:

Mineral
• Typically, thicker in texture
• Non-cosmetic tint that might leave a white cast on the skin
• Do not penetrate below the top layers of the skin and increases the risk of the SPF being rubbed off
• Inorganic ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide

Chemical
• Typically, lighter in texture
• Invisible formulas that leave no white cast on the skin
• Penetrates the top layers of the skin and makes it more resistant to skin friction
• Organic ingredients

Something new under the sun

Inside on a rainy day

Picture this; A rainy day, you’re off work and the only reasonable thing to do, is spend the day on the couch with your favorite comfort food binging your favorite show on Netflix. Doesn’t that sound like a perfectly relaxing day? However, when daylight gets a little shorter and the air a little colder, sun protection tends to fall quite low on your daily bucket list of skin care priorities. And do we, quite frankly, need a skin protector if the day only offers a movie marathon? The answer is YES!

Though you may not need the heavy stuff like SPF 50, you want a broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) due to UV rays passing through your window. That my friend, causes hyperpigmentation and premature ageing to your skin, which is the main reason why you need to protect yourself – even when the day is lazy.

Something new under the sun

Rain or shine

There is a common misconception that you only need sun protection when you’re chasing the sun on hot summer days. However, most skin damage, like wrinkles, premature ageing and redness happens every day all year due to harmful UVA rays. That means that your skin is damaged over a lifetime whether you burn or not, and it is important to stay protected every day.

 

But what if I wake up to a grey, cloudy, and windy day – you know, that kind of day, where you wear many layers of clothing to keep warm. Yes, my friend – even when you can’t see or feel the sun, it is always there. In fact, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds and cause skin damage – and worst of all passes through windows of your house or car. So, rain or shine – make sure to always stay protected.

Something new under the sun

Sun protection and Vitamin D

You know that we are supposed to get our vital Vitamin D from the ray of the sun – and you also know that we must use sunscreen to protect us from the ray of the sun. It sounds like a classic contradiction, right? How are we supposed to get our daily dose of Vitamin D, if we block it with sun protection?

You only need 10 minutes in the sun to obtain the right amount of Vitamin D and that doesn’t necessarily means lying face up in the sun, but rather that you spend time outside walking to the office, gardening, exercising etc. No sun protection blocks 100% of the rays, so it all adds up.

Something new under the sun

Make-up and skin care with SPF

You might have noticed that makeup and sun protection no longer is two separate concepts. There is a wonderful world of make-up with SPF out there, like moisturizers, foundations and even powders – but before you get ahead of yourself and think that you can skip sun protection just by applying your daily makeup routine, we must stop you. Makeup with SPF can’t replace regular, daily sun protection – and it shouldn’t. Why, you ask? Because the amount of makeup you apply to your skin is minimal and does not stand a chance to getting you the full SPF number your skin needs. That’s not to say that you get a little more protection with SPF makeup, but it is not strong enough to protect you on its own.

Something new under the sun

Pregnancy and skin

We will be the first to admit that the list of things that are off limits during pregnancy is endlessly long. For nine months you must skip all the good stuff like sushi, coffee, and alcohol – but we promise you, that it’s all worth it in the end. The list also includes a variety of skincare products. But make no mistake, you absolutely must use sun protection while you’re both pregnant and breastfeeding. You might have your own favorite, but the most important aspect is that you use a broad-spectrum sun cream which offers protection against UVA and UVB rays with a SPF of 30 or higher.

Something new under the sun

Children in the sun

As a parent it’s a daily task to take precautions to protect your sweethearts – especially from the sun. The best advice is to keep children out of direct sunlight as studies shows that most of the sun damage suffered by our skin occurs before the age of 20.

But to prevent your toddler to play outside in the sun completely is just cruel. Therefore, it’s important to teach your children from an early age how to protect themselves in the sun – and hopefully it will help them develop good habits that can last a lifetime. Try to make the application more fun by getting creative. Here is a tip: Make them guess the picture you are drawing as you squeeze the sun cream onto their skin and tell them they can help ‘rub it out’. Or do a ‘Join the dots with the sun cream, letting them spread the cream from one dot to another.

However, sunscreen application is best avoided in infants less than 6 months as babies have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared with older children, which can lead to a greater risk of an unwanted allergic reaction.