10 tips for preventing sun damage on your face

Posted on 06/12/2017

10 tips for preventing sun damage on your face name

Lauren's steps to prevent premature ageing 

1. Choose wisely

Choose the appropriate sunscreen for your lifestyle/ activities. Mineral sunscreen is great to use on a daily basis but may not address your needs in more extreme conditions. Minerals are inorganic ingredients such as Zinc and Titanium Dioxide; they sit more superficially in the skin and reflect UV. Mineral sunscreens will wipe or sweat off more easily so may not endure during swimming or exercise and therefore a chemical component in the active ingredients may be necessary. To read more about the different type of sunscreens available click here. My pick for 'in-between' top-ups is the ColoreScience mineral sunscreen - it also gives a gorgeous light coverage too! It comes in three shades that match most skin tones - I use the shade medium!


Colorescience mineral sunscreen 

2. Timing is key!

Apply sunscreen every 2 hours; most sunscreens won’t last longer than this. Reapplication is more important than the SPF rating.

3. The power of antioxidants

Use antioxidants in conjunction with your sunscreen; unlike sunscreens which will either reflect or absorb UV, antioxidants will neutralise the damaging free radicals created by UV. Unless stopped or neutralised a free radical can cause a cascade of damage to the skin cell and evidently the appearance of skin. A variety of antioxidants are necessary but should include Vitamin C and E. Vitamin C helps protect the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres and is also an integral part of the skin's production of more collagen. Vitamin E helps recycle Vitamin C. My top antioxidant choices are the following:

Aspect Dr Active C serum

Environ C Boost

Skin Medica C and E 

4. Short for time? Spritz!

Use an antioxidant ‘spritz’ through the day to help keep reducing inflammation and damage. My choice is the Cosmedix Reflect sunscreen. 

5. Problematic pigment?

If pigment is a problem use an additional serum with melanin transfers inhibitors and tyrosinase inhibitors. Your Medical Skin Therapist is likely to prescribe one of the following: 

Skin Medica Lytera

Cosmedix Simply Brilliant

6. Sunscreen NOT sunblock 

Cover up; even with sunscreen and reapplication you should limit your time in the sun. Sunscreens are exactly that, a screen not a block, so remember you will still potentially create some damage to the skin. 

7. Safe inside? Think again!

Remember sitting by a window in an office or car will still mean you are getting UV so protection is still necessary. Use sunscreens every day and reapply.

8. Hydrate, Hydrate and Hydrate

Keep the skin well hydrated; dehydration leads to impaired skin cell function. All cells need a fluid environment to communicate in an effective, healthy way. Hyaluronic acid is a natural hydrating component in the skin and creates passageways to allow cell messaging. Using Vitamin A will help stimulate your natural hyaluronic acid whilst a topical hyaluronic serum is great if you need an extra boost. I also suggest increasing your Omega 3 with good quality fish oils and drinking plenty of water; fish oils will help you retain water as well as act as an anti-inflammatory when taken at significant doses. 

9. Keep it fresh

Sunscreen protocol - make sure you open a fresh bottle of sunscreen every summer otherwise the active ingredients will lose its efficacy. Apply it 20 minutes prior to going outside; it needs some absorption time to be fully effective and make sure you apply liberally and thoroughly before dressing, to avoid missing areas.

10. Double up 

As I mentioned at the beginning, chemical and physical sunscreens have entirely different methods of protection. Again, depending on your activities, I do suggest doubling up and using both a physical and a chemical sunscreen at the same time! First I would use a chemical sunscreen which absorbs the sun's rays and protects against the full spectrum of UVA damage. Once dry, I would then slather on a physical block such as Jane Iredale mineral makeup or CosMedix Reflect.

From your Skin Team Leader, 

Lauren 


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