When it comes to skin, it’s no secret that our enhanceskin mantra is ‘Protect, Rejuvenate and Enhance’, and the key to protection is, of course, sunscreen. Most regular clients at our Nelson clinic will know the importance of wearing sunscreen all year round. But when it comes to buying sunscreen, we know it can be a bit of a minefield! Well, read on because we’re going to share some information to help you choose yours.
Buying sunscreen – How to choose:
Invest in your face:
When it comes to sunscreen, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. The sunscreen you throw in your beach bag to slather over your exposed limbs won’t feel nice on your face. So, the first rule of buying sunscreen is to always invest in a dedicated facial sunscreen. The formulation will feel comfortable to wear over your serums and under your makeup.
The letters translated:
So, here is where a lot of people get confused. It’s a popular misconception that the higher the SPF (sun protection factor), the better the protection. In fact, there isn’t much difference between the protection that an SPF15 sunscreen and an SPF30 sunscreen offers. An SPF15 blocks 94% of the sun’s rays, while an SPF30 blocks 97%. What the numbers actually represent is an indication of how long you can stay in the sun based on your own burn time. So, an SPF15 would indicate you can stay fifteen times longer before burning than you normally would. All that said and done, any sunscreen should be reapplied after two hours outside.
We recommend an SPF50 for daily use within your skincare regime.
Finally, while we’re talking about the letters, always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. These will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
UVB rays cause sunburn, ageing, and potentially skin cancer
UVA rays also cause wrinkles and potentially skin cancer after repeated exposure. They also contribute to more than 90% of all UV radiation, finding their way through clouds and glass all year round.
Check the ingredients:
When you’re choosing or buying sunscreen, do check the ingredients. Some will be chemical-based, and some will be mineral-based. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV, and mineral sunscreens reflect UV. One isn’t necessarily better than the other. And, in fact, if you are going to be outside enjoying the Nelson lifestyle, or exercising for longer periods, especially swimming or boating, your best option is a sunscreen that combines the two.
If your sunscreen has active chemical ingredients, check that they also include ingredients with high potency antioxidant properties.
Finally, do check that your sunscreen is reef-safe. In other words, that it doesn’t contain the chemicals benzophene-3 or octinoxate.
At our Nelson clinic, we carry a collection of UVA and UVB SPF 50 and 50+ broad-spectrum sunscreens from Aspect Sun to elevate your daily routine. They are all ultra-hydrating, lightweight and fast-absorbing for all-year-round use.