Let’s focus in on some of the best and most versatile SPF Suncare products we have on offer here at The Skin Clinic Direct
Before we begin the product breakdown – let’s take a look at the reason why the sun is so damaging to the skin.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it indicates how long it will take for ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to redden your skin when you use a sun protection product, compared to how long the skin would take to redden without the product. So, the SPF number gives you some idea of how long you can stay in the sun without burning.
Why is the sun harmful to our skin?
UVB rays were once thought to be the culprits because they penetrate and affect the epidermis, but UVA rays are now known to be equally, if not more damaging.
The aim of a Sunscreen is to minimise the damage that the sun can cause to our skin. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in Jane Iredale bases physically block UV rays by acting like tiny mirrors on the skin reflecting and refracting the rays.
Some damage can be reversed or minimized but only if the skin is always protected from the sun – that is why it is so important to try and prevent skin damage before it happens. There are many excellent skin care products and nutritional supplements on the market today that can substantially aid the skin in repairing sun damage. But they do little good if they aren’t combined with sun protection – so remember to wear your sunscreen and a hat!
What are the results of skin damage?
Lines, wrinkles and sagging are the direct results of sun damage to the underlying collagen and elastin fibres. Hyperpigmentation can be caused or exacerbated by sun irritation to the melanocytes (the pigment-producing cells), which in turn causes overproduction of melanin, which is in fact the body’s attempt to protect itself. Add in hypopigmented macules, telangiectasias and raised, rough precancerous actinic keratoses (the most common skin precancers) and the result of tanning is not pretty.
Remember – a tan is a sign of injury! More than 90% of the visible signs of aging are due to sun exposure. Try Environ’s RAD SPF 15 Sunscreen, Jane Iredale’s SPF Powder-Me, and the Jane Iredale Mineral Base Foundation with SPF.
RAD SPF 15 is a sun protection cream containing sun filters and reflectors to provide SPF 15 sun protection, along with antioxidants, titanium dioxide, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E which help to fight free radicals. One of the great things about this sunscreen from Environ is that it is suitable for all skin types and all ages, including babies older than six months!
What makes it so special is the unique combination of physical and chemical sunscreens offers broad protection against UV-A and UV-B rays. Not only does it provide your skin with the important protection against these harmful rays, but it also supplies the skin with the essential antioxidants necessary for enhanced protection from harmful environmental influences. These are called Free radicals, they are released: when your body breaks down food, and when you are exposed to external irritants such as pollution, radiation or cigarette smoke. This added layer of protection means that Environ’s RAD SPF 15 is a must-have preventative product in delaying the ageing process of the skin.
It’s light, creamy texture is easily applied to the entire body for a smooth, satiny after-feel and it is suitable for use under make-up.
Nourish, protect and soothe your skin with this broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen for body, face and scalp that’s water-resistant up to 40 minutes as well as being reef-safe sunscreen.
The feel of this powder is nourishing and soothing. The handy applicator makes for mess-free UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection from the sun. It can also be used sunburn to help soothe inflammation.
Makeup with SPF
A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage with consistency and wearable feel likened to silk. Available in cool (pink undertone), warm (yellow undertone) and neutral shades.
A foundation, powder, concealer and broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20 UVB/UVA – the perfect makeup item for summertime. It conceals redness and diffuses appearance of fine lines and pores with a soft-focus effect.