Individually we potentially spend thousands on skincare treatments and products that claim to stop us from ageing. We often seek treatments when it’s too late and we have already developed a skin complaint. There is however a simple solution, which works to prevent the signs of ageing long before you’ve got your first age spot or wrinkle. That simple solution is to use a good sun protection. Here’s 6 reasons why you should use sunscreen.
Now, we all know that using sun protection is important and that we should use it and most of us Brits are happy to slop it on when we have our weekly holiday in the sun to protect our skin from burning. However most people in the UK don’t wear an SPF (sun protection factor) on a daily basis to protect their skin in the Summer let alone in the Winter.
85% of Ageing Is Caused By the Sun!
Around 85% of the signs of ageing are actually caused by the Sun’s rays. And, considering how much we are willing to spend on products and treatments to reverse the signs of ageing, the answer is so simple… Wear a daily sunscreen!
Your daily sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or above. Any less will leave you skin at risk. These days you can choose from a chemical based sunscreen or a physical sunscreen. Both type do the job perfectly, it just depends on which suits you skin best.
Layering products with sunscreens does not increase the SPF factor. So if you think again if your moisturiser and foundation both have an SPF of 15. It’s still only an SPF of 15.
As skin care experts, we come across a lot of obstacles when trying to advise clients on the importance of sun protection. In a bid to get everyone looking after their skin all year round, not just on holiday we’re going to tackle some of the most common obstacles we come across.
1. It’s thick and greasy and it gives me break-outs
This is unfortunately true of many “holiday” sun protection brands and formulations. However this is not the case for all sun protections. There are now some wonderful SPF’s designed specifically for the face, neck and décolletage that do not clog up your pores or leave your skin feeling sticky whilst leaving a ‘silver-grey’ residue.
A cosmeceutical SPF such as Heliocare 360 Oil Free Gel is perfect for acne prone skin, giving a dry finish. In fact it makes an amazing base under your makeup to keep you looking matt and shine free all day long.
2. I like to get a tan, it gives me a healthy glow
Unfortunately there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan.
When your skin starts to pigment and change colour through the form of a tan or freckles. It’s your skin’s way of screaming for help. The melanin (cells that cause skin colour) in your skin swells to form a sort of shield to protect you from the sun’s Ultra-Violet rays.
Having a ‘base tan’ does not protect you from burning as is commonly believed, it just causes more damage. Over time, what looks like a glorious healthy glow will turn into unsightly age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, and in the most unfortunate cases skin cancer.
Fortunately we are spoilt for choice when it comes to fake tanning products. If you cannot go without your glow, fake it. Your skin will thank you for it!
3. If you don’t get any sun exposure you get sick
It is true that Vitamin-D deficiency can occur from a lack of sun exposure. 1 in 5 people in the UK have low levels of this vitamin. Your body produces Vitamin D when exposed to the sun and also from foods such as oily fish and eggs. Vitamin D is needed to keep you bones strong and healthy.
In the UK it is thought that many of us should be taking a Vitamin D supplement especially in the winter months.
Just 10 minutes a day of unprotected exposure to the sun is enough for us to produce Vitamin-D to keep our bones healthy. The rest of the year we need a little bit more help, but this can be found in our diet and supplements.
4. I don’t have time
If you are in a rush, or you’re not the sort of person who can get on board with using a variety of different products in the morning then that’s ok. One product can be enough, just make sure the product you pick includes a SPF of 30 or above.
5. I don’t need it because I’ve got dark skin and don’t burn
Darker skin tones will not burn as easily as those with a lighter skin tone, this is a fact. However darker skin tones can and do get skin cancer and they can still suffer with pigmentation problems such as age spots and melasma. Therefore if you have darker skin you will still benefit greatly from wearing an SPF daily.
6. I’m fine because my moisturiser has SPF in it
A cosmeceutical moisturiser containing a high level of SPF (30 or above) would be absolutely fine to use to gain adequate sun protection. Unfortunately many high-street brands of moisturisers and make-up that claim to contain between SPF 15 or even 30, in many cases do not contain broad spectrum protection. Plus in order to achieve the SPF 20 or 30 you would have to apply a lot of product.
The best way to ensure you are receiving the correct amount of protection is to aim high with your sun protection factor, and not to rely on your moisturiser to provide all of your sun protection needs.
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At The Body Clinic, finding the right SPF to suit your skin is easy. We use the Heliocare 360 range, which gives you protection of factor 50+, UVA and UVB protection as well as protection form indoor lights, which include laptop screens and harsh lighting.
It’s infused with rich anti-oxidants to give your skin that extra bit of protection. They have various different formulas to suit all range of skin types. These include:
- Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free – which is excellent for oily or acne skin types,
- Helicoare 360 Mineral – which is physical barrier and making it brilliant for sensitive or easily irritated skin types.
- Heliocare Fluid Cream – which works wonderfully as a rich moisturiser for dry or more mature skins
For more information about sunscreen and how to protect your skin, give us a call today.