As the leaves change and the temperatures begin to drop, you may think it's time to stash away your sunscreen. But hold on just a minute, says Lyn Page. 

Sun protection is a year-round necessity, and that includes the autumn months. Just because the sun feels less intense it doesn’t mean you can skimp on safeguarding your skin. Here’s why... 

First and foremost, let's talk about the harmful effects of UV radiation. While the intensity of UVB rays may decrease during autumn, UVA rays remain relatively constant. These sneaky UVA rays can penetrate deeper into your skin, causing long-term damage, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer - yikes! And guess what? Your face is often the most exposed part of your body, bearing the brunt of UVA assault. That's why it's vital to incorporate sun protection into your skincare routine all year round. Furthermore, autumn brings with it a plethora of outdoor activities such as long walks and outdoor dining. We find ourselves spending more time in the fresh air, soaking up those last rays of sunshine. Picture this: you're wearing a stylish sweater, a trendy hat, and boots made for crunching leaves, but your face is left unprotected. Let me tell you, fashion-forwardness aside, neglecting sun protection for your face is a beauty faux pas. Simply put, the damaging effects of the sun can undo all the hard work you've put into your skincare routine, making it essential to shield your delicate facial skin.  

Great British Life: Lyn Page is a Tarporley-based professional beauty expert with over 25 years of experience in the skincare and makeup industryLyn Page is a Tarporley-based professional beauty expert with over 25 years of experience in the skincare and makeup industry (Image: c. Lyn Page)

So, how do we incorporate sun protection into our autumn beauty regimen? It's as easy as adding an additional step to your skincare routine. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to ensure it guards against both UVA and UVB rays. Nowadays, you can find sunscreens in various formats - think lightweight moisturisers, tinted creams, and even primers. These multi-purpose products not only protect against the sun's harmful rays but also provide additional benefits like hydration and a flawless complexion. When applying sunscreen, don't forget those often-neglected areas: the ears, neck, and hands. These areas are just as susceptible to sun damage as the face, so a generous and thorough application is key. Remember, reapplication is essential, especially if you spend extended periods outdoors or engage in activities that make you sweat or come into contact with water. 

In conclusion, autumn doesn't give us a free pass to abandon our sun protection efforts. Incorporating sun protection into our skincare routine throughout the year, including the fall months, is an investment in our skin's health and long-term beauty. So don't let your guard down - grab your broad-spectrum sunscreen, put your best face forward, and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons with radiant and protected skin.  

Here are two recommendations for you:

MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 

This non-drying, lightweight primer instantly smoothed and preps the skin for makeup. It’s super long wearing and won’t clog your pores. You’ve a good SPF 50 added too!  


Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMUN 400 Invisible Fluid SPF 50 

This is my absolute go to sunscreen, I have quite sensitive skin so this works wonders for me. Non-greasy and easily absorbs, it sits lovely under my makeup too! 


Lyn Page is a Tarporley-based professional beauty expert with over 25 years of experience in the skincare and makeup industry. Contact her on