Thursday, 18 July 2013

Still deciding on a Sunscreen? Take a look at our recommendations!

Well it appears Mother Nature has decided to give us a taste of exactly what summer feels like, and we hope you’re all making the most of it! Sun Protection Factor, SPF, should be an essential part of your skin care regime…and it is even more important during this hot weather. It’s imperative to find the correct SPF for your skin type, so we can do away with the white, chalk-like appearance of the traditional sun blocks that we remember, and look for something that will complement your skin care regime.

Although prevention is always better than the cure for those of you that don’t already have SPF as a part of your routine, it’s not too late.

There are two kinds of SPF – physical and chemical. Chemical barriers are the variety most of us are used to. They take about 30 minutes to penetrate into the skin to the layer where they work. As the light hits the skin the UV radiation is diffused, protecting your skin. However, this reaction gradually reduces the effect of the SPF, so you need to remember to reapply regularly – not good if you’re wearing makeup. These chemical options can also cause allergic reactions in sensitive skins. Meanwhile, physical barriers literally provide a protective barrier between your skin and sunlight. These sun protections contain no chemicals, sitting on the surface of the skin and working immediately as they are applied. When the sun hits the skin the UV radiation is literally bounced away like a mirror so no UV enters the skin.

So if you’re ready to stock up from summer here are some of our favourite SPF’s:

For all skin types:

Heliocare SPF 50 GelHeliocare SPF 50 Gel
An excellent sun block for all skin types and colours, particularly suitable for oily and spot-prone skin. It is easy to apply, and is not noticeable on the skin like other branded sun blocks. The consistency of the gel means it rubs straight into the skin and does not leave any residue.

For ageing skin:

ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 by Zein Obagi
It protects the skin from UVA / UVB rays to help in the prevention of wrinkles, age spots and loss of firmness. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: clinically proven non-irritating UVA & UVB blockers.  Proprietary Lipopeptide: stimulates collagen and elastin. Humectants and Emollients: moisturising agents.

Medik8 Hydr8 Day SPF 25 Normal/Dry Medik8 Hydr8 Day SPF 25 Normal/Dry and Normal/Oily
A light Pro-Collagen daily hydrating formula with an intensive moisturising and revitalising effect. Contains advanced, clinically tested ingredients in proven concentrations designed to provide cellular protection and hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reducing the visible signs of ageing.

For pigmentation prevention:

Heliocare 50+ GelHeliocare SPF 50+ Gel
Heliocare Gel is perfect for the daily prevention of photo-aging and sun damage. It is suitable for lessening the effects of medication-induced photosensitivity, preventing melasma in greasy skins and photodermatosis. The SPF50+ (formerly SPF 90) is the highest factor sunscreen from the Heliocare range.

Mesoestetic Moisturising Sun Protection SPF 50+Mesoestetic Moisturising Sun Protection SPF 50+
A lightweight daily moisturiser with added SPF 50 to protect against both UVA and UVB exposure, highly recommended for anyone using Cosmelan 2 or Dermamelan de-pigmentation systems.

For acne prone skin:

Danné Montague King Transdermal SunblockDanné Montague King Transdermal Sunblock
A double strength sun block that protects the skin from damaging ultraviolet A and B rays, formulated with a water-resistant base that is non-greasy. Perfect for acned, oily skin.

For lip protection:

Conti Lip Protection Protective Lip Balm Extreme SPF 40
Conti Lip Protection Protective Lip Balm Extreme SPF 40This is a nourishing Argan Oil and anti-oxidant Vitamin E provides UV protection and prevents the lips from drying out and moisture loss.

For sensitive skin:

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+ Sunscreen Translucent (also available tinted in Beige)
iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+ Sunscreen TranslucentFormulated specifically for extended outdoor activities this antioxidant rich matte formula is a fusion of scientifically advanced physical sunscreens Titanium Dioxide and micronised Zinc Oxide coupled with pure vitamin E provide water resistant broad spectrum protection. This antioxidant rich formula provides a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, it is water resistant and free from oil, parabens and fragrances.

Designed just for your body:

Heliocare Body Spray SPF 50Heliocare SPF 50 Body Spray
Ultra-smooth, easy-apply spray sunscreen. The light to the touch spray-lotion encourages use on exposed, non-facial/décolleté, body areas. Heliocare Spray is suitable for all skin types.

For a moisturise, makeup and SPF in one:

Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30
Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30This next generation pure physical broad spectrum UVA/UVB moisturiser provides an even slim tone and healthy glow while protecting against the damaging effects of the sun. Daily Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 is enriched with essential vitamins and potent antioxidants as free radical scavengers. This water resistant, oil free is an excellent make-up base or substitute.

For that extra protection:

Heliocare Ultra D Oral Supplements CapsulesHeliocare Ultra D Capsules
Have a high concentration of Fernblock so is ideal as a daily supplement during periods of medium and high risk. It is the most complete formulation with 5µg of Vitamin D, making it ideal for people with a concern regarding Vitamin D levels. It is effective from the first dose so provides immediate and safe protection.

How to apply your SPF:

SPF should be worn everyday, even in winter- UVA (the rays that damage) are present all year round.

Follow your usual skin care regime on a morning, and apply SPF after you have moisturised but before make up. Reapply during the day if it’s a hot day.

For more information on sunscreen products, call our product experts today on 0113 282 7744 or visit our online shop.

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