The Sun – Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It!

Welcome to our first blog entry for the year 2015!  It’s been quite some time since we have dabbled with the whole blog concept, and our idea behind this is to offer our clients up to date info with leading trends and products, treatment advice, and recommendations.

We hope this will be a great way to interact and share our beauty knowledge with you. Entries will be made regularly by our wonderfully talented Team at body cafe, covering a range of beauty related topics. Feel free to get involved in the comments section below, ask questions, & offer us ideas you wish to know more about, we encourage all positive feedback!

Right! Let’s kick off the New Year with some SPF, Sun & skin health advice!!


The Sun. That glorious warm ball of light in the sky that we all love.

We sunbath in it, we move to sunnier climates, we take winter escapes to sunnier places, and we complain endlessly if it gets obscured by clouds or rain for any length of time.

It is an essential element to life on earth, yet like most things, we can have too much of a good thing – can’t live with it, can’t live without it!

Blinded by the light, or our love for it, we tend to overlook the fact that it’s one gigantic nuclear fusion reaction going on over our heads! So big that about 1.3 million Earth’s could fit inside it!

Luckily for us, our atmosphere filters out much of the harmful radiation from the sun including UV-C, but not much of   UV-A and UV-B.


While it’s true that our skin requires exposure to sunshine and UV-B to produce Vitamin D, it only requires very small amounts of exposure – estimated between just 3 – 20 minutes depending on your skin type, age, geographic location and season.

Most of us get enough exposure by usual daily activities such as walking to your car-park or bus stop.

And if we get too much of a good thing?….   then the UV radiation goes on to cause loss of collagen, loss of our skin’s elasticity, pigmentation and age spots, damage to DNA, and promotion of cancer cells. Yikes!

So I’m sure we can all agree we wish for none of the above, however the next dilemma is choosing a safe SPF, one that we can trust to aid in keeping our skin protected and youthful. But where do you start, deciding whether to pick an SPF 15 that offers less protection compared to an SPF 100 that arguably provides more protection along with more chemicals, or do we go somewhere in between?!

When it comes to SPF, more is not always better. This article outlines the downsides to higher SPF’s and why there is little benefit in going above SPF 50.nimue_spf_60ml

We highly recommend the Nimue sun-c SPF40 available at body cafe.  Nimue is an advanced Derma-Cosmeceutical skin health range, offering leading skin care products from cleansers, moisturisers and serums through to their trusted SPF 40.

Protecting your delicate skin from UVA and UVB rays, offering anti-ageing properties and anti-oxidant complex it’s more then just an SPF.

To achieve superior results from your day cream, your sun protection needs to be applied separately.  Nimue’s advanced day creams are designed to penetrate deeply into the skin to offer accelerated results, whereas an SPF is designed to be a barrier/blocker protecting the skin.

Let’s remember our bodies are our temples, let’s keep them healthy and gorgeous! It’s never too late to protect and prevent further damage!