Sun protection – do I need it when it’s not sunny?

Glowing skinRain, rain and more rain. Even by British standards, this summer does seem to be excelling itself in the ‘washout’ stakes.

So it’s probably the case that protecting your skin is the furthest thing from your mind.

But the truth is, experts recommend you wear sun protection every day from April to October in the UK.

That’s every single day, come rain or shine.

Even though the sun itself may be tucked away behind layers of cloud, its rays are still reaching you and your skin.

UVA vs UVB rays

Just because we don’t tend to visibly burn in the rain, our skin is still being exposed to a barrage of both UVB and UVA rays.

While the UVB rays are the ones that cause burning – that’s only part of the picture. They are also the ones that can lead to the development of skin cancer.

And UVA rays are always there too, quietly exerting their potent ageing influence on the skin.

So if you don’t want to expose your skin to the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays, the only way to avoid them, other than staying indoors, is to use sun protection – SPF 15 at least, and reapplied every hour as long as you are outside, even if it’s raining cats and dogs!

With a team of highly qualified skin experts, Aurora Skin Clinics are well placed to recommend the right sun protection for your skin. We also have a range of other cosmeceuticals to help protect and nourish your skin from the outside in. For more information, call us on 01844 211777 or drop us an email to