Whilst London has seen scorching temperatures over the last week we thought it would be a good idea to talk about Sunscreens. If you’re not already, you should really be wearing this EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Why should we be careful?
Sunshine is definitely a good source of vitamin D, which has health benefits but over exposure can lead to many skin problems such as cancers, photosensitive rashes and can worsen conditions such as rosacea. There are 2 types of UV radiation from the sun, which can cause problems. UVA causes skin ageing by affecting elastin, causing wrinkles, sagging and increasing brown pigmentation on the skin (no thanks!). UVB causes burning to the skin.
Different type of sunscreens?
Chemical sunscreens absorb radiation, whereas physical/mineral sunscreens reflect light away. Chemical sunscreens are more transparent and are easily applied but can cause skin irritation. Physical sunscreens are thicker more whiter consistencies and cause less skin irritation, but may not be the best choice for oily/acne prone skin.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and shows the level of protection against UVB i.e. how much it will protect you from burning! Ratings 2-14 are low protection with 50 being the strongest protection. We recommend using at least an SPF of 30.
UVA star system?
Stars on the packaging from 0-5 show how much protection you’re getting in your sunscreen from UVA compared to UVB. It’s important to use a sunscreen with both high SPF and high UVA rating- we suggest at least 4 stars.
How to apply?
Use your sunscreen every morning as the last layer of your skincare routine. What I like to do is cleanse, exfoliate, serum, moisturise then lastly layer with my sunscreen before applying my make up.
Which one is right for me?
Obagi has a good range of sunscreens on offer- but don’t worry we will break it down for you to help you choose!
If your Skin needs a pick me up try:
Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – Available in Cool and Warm shades this provides protection against both UVA and UVB. This tinted sunscreen helps to create a glowing complexion by giving you a dewy, sheen finish.
If your Skin is Dry:
Hydrafactor Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This really is a great product for those of you that tend to be on the drier side. It’s a combination moisturiser and SPF so will give that added boost of hydration and UV protection.
If your Skin is Oily:
Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – My personal favourite. If you’re tempted to skip SPF as worried you may tend to look a bit shiny – this is the product for you. It’s non greasy, fragrance free and non-comedogenic and will set with a completely matte finish.
If you want to add in a Vitamin C boost:
Professional C Suncare Broad Spectrum SPF 30 –This contains 10% L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) as well as giving you sun protection. Almost too good to be true it gives you protection whilst also protecting the skin from ageing.
If you want a physical sunscreen only:
Obagi Nu Derm Physical SPF 32 contains no chemicals only physical block so will not absorb any UV radiation only deflect them away.
Now that you’re a pro in Sunscreens the only thing left is to choose which one is right for you – and don’t forget to apply every single day, even on those cloudy days.