Why a Sunscreen is not just for Summer

Why a  Sunscreen is not just for Summer but an essential to your Beauty Routine.

UVA and UVB rays remain the most significant cause of premature and accelerated skin ageing, and especially now as we are in the middle of the holiday season, it’s essential to ensure you are protected.

Fine lines, wrinkling, uneven skin, tone, pigmentation and textural changes occur because of damage from sunlight. So for a healthy, youthful complexion, broad-spectrum sunscreen is the number one anti-ageing skincare product you can use.

There is evidence that you shouldn’t rely on makeup products and moisturisers with SPF as you don’t apply enough to get the full advantages.  Most people only put a small amount of foundation or concealer on their hand and mix it in, however, SPF needs to go on thick to give an advantage – you really need about ½ tsp of SPF 30 just for the face for complete protection, and more needed for your neck and chest area.

The amount of SPF in your foundation or concealer isn’t equivalent to what you’ll get in a sunscreen. Besides, after touching your face, blowing your nose and smudging at oily spots on your forehead throughout the day, it wears off, leaving your skin defenseless against UV rays whenever you go out in the sun. By applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 underneath your cosmetics, you’re well protected and good to go.

Some cosmetics will protect against UVB but not UVA, which beams through your vehicle window, your home windows, goes through all the clouds, the rainstorms and the snow,” Lily Talakoub, M.D., a dermatologist at McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center clarifies. “You’re fizzling yourself if you believe you’re protecting yourself against all UV rays, particularly since UVA cause more aging and skin cancer than UVB

Sunscreen ought to be the last step in your daycare routine after cleansing, toning and moisturising with a face cream and then apply your SPF as a final application, so choosing the right SPF for your face is essential to avoid over greasy / sticky creams.

Our current favourtie is No.7 Protect & Perfect Defence SPF – it is light, quickly absorbed and works well with my skincare products, I apply it after my morning routine of:

  • Splash my face with warm water to awaken my skin
  • Apply our Hydra-Intense Vitamin Serum and then Vitamin B3 Face-cream,
  • Apply the Suncreeen  and again give your skin a bit of breathing space to be fully absorbed before applying makeup

if you are planning a day basking in direct sunlight, it’s essential to reapply your suncream – and yes that may include the removal of makeup.Apply generously 20 minutes before going out and reapplying every two hours for maximum coverage also, don’t forget to wear a hat and Sunglasses for maximum protection.

There are a few ingredients that can help repair and protect your skin against Sun Damage – Vitamin C is one key ingredient and we use a skin friendly /ph balanced derivative of Vitamin C – Sodium Asorbyl Phosphate:

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP) provides the same skincare benefits as Vitamin C. Upon topical application, it has been observed that SAP is converted to Vitamin C by chemicals within the skin. This includes a wide range of skincare applications, from anti-aging, pigmentation reduction, antioxidative photodamage repair, protection from free radicals and synthesis and stabilization of skin collagen and elastin.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate(SAP), because it is converted to Vitamin C in the epidermis after topical application, deliver similar benefits as Vitamin C. Topical vitamin C is highly beneficial for our skin and has a wide range of skincare applications including:

  • as a powerful antiaging agent in reducing wrinkles and fine lines
  • in pigmentation reduction by preventing the formation of melanin
  • in antioxidative photodamage repair, protects skin from free radicals
  • in the synthesis and stabilization of skin collagenand elastin
  • as a natural skin moisturizer

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