Sun’s out, it’s a bit warmer, we’ve swapped our winter clothes and in are our summer clothes. Lunches at our desks just don’t seem to have the same appeal anymore now our weather has improved, but are you aware of the effects the sun’s rays are having on your skin?
Sure the warmth of the sun feels nice and reassuring and having the sun out immediately puts you in a better mood but it is also creating damage in your skin cells. This damage can be seen on your skin over time in the form of pigmentation, i.e. freckling, brown spots (age spots), fine lines and wrinkles as too much sun can prematurely age you and dehydrate your skin causing the skin to look leathery. That’s not where the damage begins, it goes much deeper into the skin causing inflammation and mutation to our cells which over time can result in skin cancer.
This is why it is so important to be wearing a stand alone SPF. It should always be a huge part of your skin care routine at home. Not just in the spring/summer either, we should all be wearing sun protection all year round. I’ve had clients look astounded when I’ve mentioned this to them and was asking me why and really? The answer is quite simply; yes, really. The sun, even though we can’t see it in miserable weather and don’t get a lot of it here in the UK, is always there. The sun is always emitting UVA and UVB rays all year round, 365 days a year, which means the UVB and UVA rays are always present on your skin all year round, 365 days a year. By using an SPF we are protecting the skin as a whole from any further damage to our cells which may result in skin cancer, but also to prevent premature aging and pigmentation.
Here’s something to think about. You wouldn’t let your children go out in the warm sun without sun protection because their skin is vulnerable and you want to protect them from the sun, so why don’t you apply sun protection to your own skin?
Sun damage occurs over time, every sun holiday you have, every time you’re walking to work, in the garden and even in your early childhood it begun, it all mounts up and as we get older we can begin to see the sun damage on our skin. People who don’t sunbathe can have sun damage present on their skin. Just by walking around outside in daylight continuously can have the same effects of sun damage as those who love the sun and are frequent sunbathers.
Please don’t take this as a practitioner saying “the suns bad for you” “don’t go out” etc but as food for thought, the sun is good for you as it helps our bodies produce Vitamin D but you should still have protection. We as professionals within the aesthetic industry and even in beauty are always expressing how important it is to protect your skin with SPF. We don’t go on about them for our benefit but a benefit to your health, we want to make sure you are doing your most absolute everything to help protect your skin for your sake. What’s the point in spending so much money on treatments to help reduce sun damage and help you look healthier/younger if you won’t take the basic step at home by applying sun protection? By having treatments and not using it you won’t see results but will see more and more damage occurring on the skin.
I have friends, family & clients ask me in general which SPF is better to use? Often, I myself have stood in cosmetic aisle’s with 2 different makes of sun protection not knowing which one to choose. There are 2 types of SPF; physical broad spectrum and chemical. What’s the difference between them? Physical broad spectrum sun protection contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide both give you instant protection as soon as you put it on your skin, they help to reflect the sun rays away from the skin. This will help to prevent inflammation within the deeper layers which means the skin cells are safe and stay healthy. Chemical SPF will have instructions on the packaging instructing you to apply 30-45 minutes before going into the sun, this is to give your skin time to absorb the cream and start working. Chemical sun protection allows the rays to be absorbed by the skin causing inflammation in the deeper layers but you wouldn’t know it’s happening unless the skin burns. It’s the inflammation within the deeper layers of the skin which is the most damaging
If you are out and about and wanted to know the SPF you’re about to purchase is physical or chemical all you need to look out for on the ingredients list is Zinc Oxide/Titanium Dioxide or sometimes both and you’ll know you’ll have instant protection once applied. Like all SPF’s every time you come into contact with water/perspire and every few hours you need to re-apply.
A few examples of Physical Broad spectrum SPF’s are Dermaquest Zinclear SPF 30, Dermaquest Stemcell 3D tinted moisturizer SPF 30, Epionce Ultra shield SPF 50 and Skinceuticals UV Defence SPF 50. All containing one or both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, both great for repairing the skin and giving you instant protection from the UV rays, without leaving a white residue on the skin.
A few examples of Chemical SPF are our Dermaquest Solar protect SPF 30 and Agera ultra moisturising protector SPF 25. Takes a little while longer to gain the protection within your skin against the UV rays but are great for anyone suffering with zinc allergies.
Everyone should be protecting their skin man, woman and child, the earlier you more likely you are going to stop the damage. Please take this away with you and hopefully it’s given you something to think about. If you are concerned with your skin and would like to know how your skin has been effected over time you can pop into one of our many clinics and use our UV Skin Scanner while one of our Practitioners guides you through what they can see on and in your skin. Destination Skin is proud to be backing #skincareaware for skin cancer awareness week in May and are offering free Skin Scan’s and exclusive skin offers to help Prevent + Correct + Protect skin damage. Call your local clinic for more info..