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Sunscreen Basics - All You Need to Know

By now, even the little birdies on the branches are singing the song of sunscreen. Yes, you do need to use it, but do you know why exactly? How often and how much? 

Let’s get down to business and learn all that you REALLY need to know about sunscreen.  


The main function of sunscreen is to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These rays come in two forms - UVA and UVB rays.

UVA rays are often mentioned when we talk about skin ageing. They can cause wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. 

UVB rays are guilty of giving you sunburn. Both can be cancer-causing.


Most current advice is to use a dedicated sunscreen as required even if your moisturiser contains an SPF. Ideally, you’ll include sunscreen into your morning routine or right before you leave the house. If you don’t sweat too much, you’re good to go. But if you do, you are going to need to reapply it more frequently. Frequently, in this case, means reapplying it every 3 hours. 


Your face is the target area. However, don’t forget the ears if your hair is in a style that doesn’t cover them, as well as the neck, lips, and hands. Every area of skin that isn’t covered, needs to be protected.

A penny-sized dollop should be enough for the face, and then add more onto it if you’re covering your neck and hands. When it comes to sunscreen, don’t slather it on so your skin can’t breathe. A thin layer will have the same function as a very thick layer. 


You might not have seen this WH-word coming, but it’s something to consider. Do you wear sunscreen while you’re inside too? No? Logical. Or not…

Guess what? You need to wear it while you’re at home too.

There are also those moments where you’re washing the dishes for 10 minutes in front of the window above the sink. Or sitting in a chair that gets direct sunlight through the window. Glass doesn’t provide adequate protection - in particular from UVA. So, if you get plenty of natural light in your home, you need sunscreen.

Spring is here, so it’s the perfect time to invest in new sunscreen.

Keep your skin healthy and safe, just like any other part of your body. x



Louise on July 01 2020 at 12:01PM

Can you recommend a daily facial suncream that will go under make up. I’m not wearing make up at the moment but will do when I’m back at work. Thanks

Debbie on May 19 2020 at 10:33AM

Hi – I am so close to buying your products! The thing that really puts me off, is that there doesn’t appear to be any sunscreen in your moisturiser! Are you planning on making one with an SPF in it?

Nicky Reed on April 25 2020 at 09:31AM

I’ve always had a problem with using sunscreen on my face as it tends to make me feel greasy and then causes my skin to flare up. Can’t wait for a Highborn sunscreen that feels as light and non-greasy as the daily moisturiser.

Glynis Henzell on April 25 2020 at 09:31AM

I really wish Highborn did sunscreen.

I’m very aware and use it but most brands tend to give me break outs.

Julie on April 25 2020 at 09:31AM

Are you hoping to produce face cream with sun protection in the future

Wendy on April 25 2020 at 09:31AM

When do I apply the sunscreen? After I have applied the highborn products or before?

Lisa Beresford on April 25 2020 at 09:31AM

I always wear sunscreen, it’s part of my daily facial routine.

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