As recently as 20 years ago, women in the UK had a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward sunscreen. It was invariably dug out for the annual holiday, but apart from that, hardly used at all.
And despite all the news about sun damage and skin cancer, many Brits still think SPF is just for when the sun shines. So skin-care companies there are working to incorporate sunscreen into moisturizers and cosmetics.
However, recently research by British sun-care experts has found that year-round sunscreen may not be the answer for protecting the UK’s signature peaches-and-cream complexion, like that of countrywomen Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley.
Instead, there is evidence that, from October to April, antioxidants are what is most crucial. During those months, UVB rays are lower, but UVA rays-which are aging-are still high, and according to the experts, they are effectively countered with antioxidants.
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