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What if we told you that there is just one product out there for you to protect your skin from the environmental effects of ageing?

 

Are you ready for it?

 

SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) 50!

 

Wearing SPF50 365 days a year, will be your biggest and best age-preventative product. It is estimated that 90% of skin ageing is from UVA rays from the sun.

 

How?

 

More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of sun cream use every day, not just on sunny holidays. With UV rays being harmful to our skin in many ways, with the big one being skin cancer, they also cause premature ageing within our skin. The sun depletes our collagen production whilst also stimulating melanocytes which causes a higher risk of pigmentation leading to sunspots, aged skin and wrinkles. Wearing SPF 50 daily will create a barrier on our skin to block harmful rays from reacting with our skin.

 

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How frequently should you apply SPF?

During sunny holidays, the summer months, or even when you’re in direct sunlight, you should be reapplying your SPF every 2 hours. You need to be applying the recommended amount of sun cream to get the maximum protection from it. For an entire average body size, you are looking at 2 tablespoons worth, and for a face and neck, you are looking at half a teaspoon size.

 

With the amount of SPF needed to give our skin the protection it requires, it’s essential to find an SPF that you enjoy applying and works well on your skin! Skincare has evolved, and so has your SPF!!!! Gone are the days when all you could find were thick, greasy, and pore-clogging sun creams. We live in a time when brands have taken the time and effort to bring us the SPF we LOVE to apply!

 

So which ones are they?

Ranging in prices, here’s just a few on our list that not only we love, but all of our clients love too.

Garnier,

La Roshe Posay,

UltraSun

HelioCare

Derma Quest

 

The list goes on…. But our main advice, keep trying until you find THE ONE!! It can be a game of trial and error.

 

Chemical or Physical?

So which is which? This or that? Does it really matter?

Well technically no. They both offer protection from the sun, but work in slightly different ways. Your chemical sun cream needs to be applied 30 minutes prior to you going out in the sun, it creates a chemical reaction on your skin which absorbs the UV rays and converts them into heat to release out of the body. Chemical SPF tends to be thinner in texture and more universal tints.

Whereas your physical sun cream gives you more instant protection, it generally contains zinc and/or titanium oxide, which gives sun creams more of a white cast. They’re great post-treatment, and for more sensitized skins. The white cast allows the sun to reflect off the skin.

 

But I have oily acne prone skin, which SPF should I use?

No problem.

There are so many light weight, oil free sun creams out there. Generally speaking, if you have moderate acne the physical sun creams can be more calming on the skin due to the level of zinc oxide inside. Once your acne has calmed there are many chemical sun creams that are lightweight, oil free and sit nicely on the skin without clogging the pores.

 

What do the star ratings and broad spectrum really mean?

 

The UVA star rating is a scoring system which ranges from 1-5 stars. 5 stars being the most effective. This measures how well a sunscreen protects against the suns UVA rays.

 

Broad-spectrum sunscreen is designed to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the stronger of the two and can cause sunburns and most skin cancers.

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