How To Do ... Sunscreen

It’s far and away the most vital bit of skincare that we buy, so it’s key to get it right. The first thing we do wrong is not wearing it – whatever the weather’s like; those ageing UVA rays are still present when it’s cloudy or overcast. We talked to Joanna Gardiner of Ovelle Pharmaceuticals about what to look for in daily sun protection, and how to make sure we’re properly protected ...

1. Look for a daily defence that’s broad-spectrum – ie protects against both UVA and UVB rays – and is easy to use. The most important thing is to use it religiously every day, whatever you’re doing, all year round.

2. A good daily SPF should just disappear into the skin: avoid rubbing in, as it makes the block less effective.

3. Don’t rely on your foundation, even if it contains an SPF: “Most are not broad-spectrum enough,” cautions Gardiner. And anyway, you might not want an entire mask of coverage. SPF maths are different – SPF30 is not “double” SPF15. And whatever number you choose, reapply it regularly: it’s only protecting while it’s on the surface of the skin.

4.Do remember backs of hands, neck and chest as well as face.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 1.

Au Naturel

Though the spring beauty looks are all about the “natural” look, the products and serums used to create it are generally far from natural. But more of us are looking to beauty that’s as chemical-free as possible, from hair colour to skincare and self-tan.

We’ve come a long way from the days when organic beauty products were gunky and boring. Here’s the lowdown on the creams, oils and treatments that epitomise clean, natural and “free from”, but still do the job beautifully ... Tried and Tested: Voya Organic Illuminating Facial (55 minutes, €80) at The Dawson Spa, 35 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 01 671 7099, and spas nationwide including Galgorm Resort & Spa.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 1.

Set For Spring

The beauty buys of the season

THE SCENT - You can now find the exclusive Terry de Gunzburg perfumes at Seagreen boutiques, in Monkstown and Ranelagh, including Rêve Opulent, a divine gardenia-based floral. The exquisite weighty bottles are as beautiful as the scents inside. From €84. Also gorgeously light and springlike is Roger & Gallet’s Gingembre Rouge Eau Fraîche, €17.50, and Hermès Jour d’Hermès Absolu, a more intense, longer-lasting version of the original addictive creamy floral. From €63, at House of Fraser.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 1.