Don’t let your skin suffer this summer. Follow Louise’s advice for healthy skin in the sunshine.
“It’s that time of year again when the sunscreen debates begin. One thing is certain though, UVA and UVB radiation from the sun is damaging and potentially lethal. Confirmed skin cancer cases are now at their highest rate and as skin professionals our clients are asking for our advice on a daily basis. Information regarding sun protection can be so confusing so I’ve put together a list of the most important things to consider.
1. So we know Scotland isn’t the sunniest place on earth so instead of sun protection lets call it daylight defence. Even on the cloudiest, wettest days our skin is exposed to UV light and needs protected. So get into the habit of applying a broad spectrum product everyday as part of your healthy skin regime.
2. If you are in the habit of applying an SPF daily then you won’t have last years lurking in your bathroom cabinet. If you do, then bin it! Chemical sunscreens are renowned for being unstable therefore once opened their shelf life cannot be guaranteed. Manufacturers have started to add ingredients to make products more stable, however if you are using the correct amount on a daily basis then you’ll be finished your bottle before the expiry dates become an issue.
3. Know your numbers. So what does the SPF number actually mean? It’s important to understand what your number means before you choose your product. Sun protection products are tested indoors and represent the length of time you can spend exposed to the sun before burning. For example, if you would normally burn after 10 minutes then an SPF15 will allow you to stay in the sun for 150 minutes before burning. However, remember this is lab testing and doesn’t include the effect of swimming, sweating and not applying enough product (a full shot glass for your entire body, a 5p piece for your face) on the efficacy of the product. My advice would be to use a high protection product and apply it every 2 hours, reapplying if you take a dip in the pool. Don’t forget that no sun protection can offer 100% protection so even the highest SPF will allow some radiation to sneak through.
4. Let’s get physical….or maybe chemical. It’s important to know that there are two factors that contribute to most sun products. Chemical sunscreens, such as Avobenzone or Oxybenzone, will absorb into the deeper layers of the skin to offer protection at a cellular level. Essential in the fight against skin cancer but can be irritating to a very sensitive skin. Physical sunscreens, such as Titanium and Zinc Oxide, act as a shield on the skins surface to prevent and deflect absorption of UV light. Physical sunscreens are a great choice if you have any skin sensitivity (of course, Dermalogica offers both!).
5. SPF’s in make up simply won’t provide the broad spectrum coverage that your face needs for total protection. To achieve that level from your make up you would need to trowel it on, not a great look! View the protection in your make up as an added bonus and always apply a product underneath for piece of mind.
– Burning is not good, whether it’s here or abroad.
– Sunbeds are even worse, in years to come we will look back and wonder why we cooked ourselves and risked our health.
– Your skin is like an elephant….it never forgets. Just one bad burn is enough to trigger cell mutation and the onset of skin cancer.
Look after your skin, not just this summer but all year round. For more advice and a personal SPF prescription visit our Skin Therapists”