SPF

  • Your Number 1 Anti-Wrinkle Essential; Sunscreen!

    Protect against wrinkles and sun spots with SPF Protect against wrinkles and sun spots with SPF

    We’re all aware of the importance of sunscreen, especially when you live somewhere like Australia, but along with protecting against skin cancer, sunscreen is your go-to, number one, age fighter. UV rays are the biggest cause of lines and wrinkles, so it’s a no brainer that protecting against these harmful rays is your best shot at preventing against accelerated skin ageing.

    So, what exactly is an SPF?

    Sun protection factor (SPF) or sunscreen protects the skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer. A broad-spectrum sunscreen however, protects from UVA rays as well as UVB, and it’s the UVA rays you really need to worry about where skin ageing is concerned. Being the longest rays in the spectrum, UVA rays penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin, causing damage to our collagen and elastin and like UVB rays, UVA rays are also linked to skin cancer. UVA is the culprit for much of our visible skin ageing; from wrinkles, sagging skin to uneven skin tone and sun spots.

    In terms of your options, there are two different types of sunscreen: either a chemical or physical sunscreen. Both are equally effective, they just work differently. For example, a chemical sunscreen absorbs UV light, whilst a physical sunscreen mainly reflects it. Think of a chemical sunscreen like sponges, mopping up the UV radiation, and a physical sunscreen like a mirror, bouncing UV straight back off the skin. It really comes down to personal preference with which type you choose to use. However, those with more sensitive skins tend to prefer a physical sunscreen as they seem to tolerate the physical UV screening agents over the chemical ones.

    What should I look for in my sunscreen?

    Protection Sport SPF50 Protection Sport SPF50

    Good sunscreens today are more than a cream with an SPF factor; they are advanced treatment products that enhance the appearance and quality of the skin. A good sunscreen should always be broad spectrum, contain antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and be free from artificial fragrance. Also look out for sunscreens that are ‘non-comedogenic’, which essentially means they won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. If you’re an oiler skin then you should definitely look for a guaranteed ‘non-comedogenic’ sunscreen, and ideally one that’s oil-free.

    Board SPF protection features in multiple Dermalogica's products, from primers to moisturisers, along with standalone sunscreens, making it easy to incorporate sun protection into your regimen.

    Protection, Protection, Protection

    As sunscreen is fundamental to skin health, you need to be diligent with your application. It’s a common misconception that sunscreen products are designed for use solely in the hotter months. However, given UVA rays are present at the same intensity all year round, sunscreen needs to be a daily habit.

    It’s recommended applying sun screen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors, as this allows adequate time for the product to penetrate the surface of the skin. In terms of how much, Australia’s Cancer Council advise using half a teaspoon for the face and neck – including the ears and the back of the neck. For the (average) body, we need about a golf ball size amount of product or at least six teaspoonfuls. And don’t forget to reapply! Sunscreen only protects for a limited time, so slip, slop and slap it back on regularly and every two hours if your outdoors.

     

  • Why You Need SPF Everyday - Not Just at the Beach...

    Did you know that two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70? And that more than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year?

    The Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer but with some key protection methods we can prevent most skin cancers!

    Most of us will remember the Slip, Slop, Slap message from years past... but now, coming up to National Skin Cancer Action Week, Australians of all ages are urged to  always use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:

    SLIP on sun-protective clothing SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen SLAP on a broad-brimmed hat SEEK shade SLIDE on UV protective sunglasses.

    A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk. For many Australians, applying daily sun protection is still not a ritual, even though there has been endless education and a plethora of products on the market.

    Here, Ellie Douglas - Dermalogica Training Specialist helps us navigate the different SPF products available and discusses the importance of shielding against UV rays every day, not just when we're at the beach!

    Busting the myth on sunscreen It’s a common misconception that sun protection factor (SPF) products are designed for use solely in the summer or hotter months. When the sun’s not beaming brightly, our sunscreen retires to the back of our bathroom cabinet, only to make its next appearance with the swimwear and sun hats, and by then it may have expired.

    In reality, UVA rays are present at the same intensity all year round. Being the longest rays in the spectrum, they penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin causing damage to our collagen and elastin. UVA is the culprit for much of our visible skin ageing in the form of wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven skin tone and sun spots. Other signs of damage are the appearance of small blood vessels and spider veins on the face, neck and chest.

    Don’t get a false sense of security when sitting in doors or when the weather is a dull, as UVA can penetrate unfiltered glass including some car windows. And don’t count on the clouds to protect you, as UVA is still active on cloudy days. They say, “prevention is better than cure”, and this phrase couldn’t be more fitting when talking about wearing sun protection. A daily dose of an SPF 30 - 50+ should be your number one product priority, to not only protect the skin, but prevent against the signs of premature ageing.

    Out with greasy, in with invisible! There are some highly sophisticated sunscreen technologies available today. No longer do we have to be afraid of our SPF. It doesn’t have to feel greasy and suffocating on our skin. Not all sunscreens will clog the pores and cause breakouts and congestion. In fact, with the advances in some sunscreens today, you won’t even know that you’re wearing one. And as a bonus, your chosen sunscreen can even help firm, mattify and brighten your skin, depending on your individual skin goals and challenges.

    Dermalogica uses two advanced technologies in its sunscreen formulations, making our fear of sunscreen a thing of the past…Let me introduce you to oleosomes and UV smart booster technology. Oleosomes are tiny moisturising bubbles that can be loaded with SPF. The result is a sunscreen that allows for increased SPF activity whilst using fewer chemical sunscreens and is therefore less likely to cause skin sensitivity. What’s more, these moisture rich oleosomes deliver a feather light, wearable consistency. Effective protection from harmful UV rays is a two pronged approach. Firstly, the rays must be either absorbed with chemical sun screens or reflected with physical sun screens. Secondly, the skin will benefit hugely from having a good dose of antioxidants to fight free radical damage caused by exposure to UV rays.

    Dermalogica’s UV smart booster technology provides a fresh dose of encapsulated vitamins which are cleverly released only when they encounter UV rays. Once you’ve found a sunscreen that you’re happy with, the next part is applying it correctly.

    Here are Ellie's top tips for optimum protection: - Apply ideally 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. - The Cancer Council of Australia’s guide to applying sun screen is half a teaspoon for the face, ears and front and back of neck. - Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. - Don’t forget bald heads, thinning scalps, the chest, arms and hands - they all need protecting too!

    Selecting a sunscreen for your skin type and lifestyle Many of Dermalogica’s sunscreens are built into a moisturiser, so if you’re time poor these make a good option - just pick out one that’s best suited to your skin. But if you already love your daytime moisturiser, then consider a product like Solar Defense Booster SPF 50, this innovative sunscreen allows you to add a few drops to your moisturiser or even your foundation and get the protection you require.

    Reactive and sensitive skin: Choose a physical sunscreen such as the Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30. This 2 in 1 moisturiser, formulated with natural mineral sunscreens, contains oat and botanical actives to help minimise any skin irritation.

    Oily skin and breakouts: Use a medicated, oil free treatment moisturiser with an SPF 30+. We recommend Oil Free Matte SPF 30 from the MediBac Clearing system.

    Fine line and wrinkles: It has to be Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50. With its medium weight consistency, it’s a winner for all skin types. This ultra-hydrating sunscreen is jam packed with antioxidants and age fighting vitamins and peptides.

    Uneven skin tone and brown spots: Pure Light SPF 50 is the product of choice. It shields the skin from UV-induced hyper-pigmentation, whilst brightening peptides and exfoliating enzymes enhance skin tone and fade dark spots. Thankfully, sunscreens have come a long way in the past five years; they’re feather light, fast-absorbing and with added skin benefits. Whether it's skin cancer prevention or a desire to slow down the ageing process, sunscreen has it covered and more. It’s time to upgrade your sunscreen from the back of the bathroom cabinet and make it a daily staple product alongside your cleanser and moisturiser.

    19-25th November 2017 is National Skin Cancer Action Week. 

    image: @melandco_

     

2 Item(s)