Hidden Anti-Ageing Hero – SPF!

The age of our clients concerned with ageing, age management and prevention is now lower than ever and we are super proud of this. We have clients as young as twenty wanting to prevent skin ageing. Our advice is always the same, start with a Sunscreen! Prevention is always better than a cure!

Above is an image of a male truck driver who has not used sun protection. The damage the sun has done is evidence of the driver side of his face!

Prevention is key!

Let us introduce you to hidden anti-ageing hero…. SPF! AKA Sun Protector Factor or sunscreen, this truly is the key to preventing sun damage, photo-ageing and essentially premature ageing.

How does SPF work? 

Sunscreen works by absorbing most of the sun’s UV rays, and by also reflecting those UV rays away from your skin. The good news is, it’s surprisingly easy to use successfully by following the steps below.

1. Invest in a beneficial sunscreen & wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Even when it is cloudy outside, even if you work indoors, you should be wearing a sunscreen, daily! It may sound extreme, but UVA rays account for up to 95% of the UV radiation reaching the earth’s surface and can penetrate clouds and glass. These UVA rays play a major part in photodamage and skin ageing. UVB rays are the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, damage which can also lead to premature skin ageing. Both UVA and UVB rays have the potential to cause skin cancers.

For this reason, it is so important to choose a sunscreen that is ‘broad spectrum’. Broad Spectrum sunscreens are designed to protect against both UVB and UVA rays. A conventional sunscreen that has an SPF rating only and does not mention the term “Broad Spectrum” may block very little UVA radiation relative to the nominal SPF.

2. Apply the correct amount of sunscreen

Even when we are indoors, in the office, or running daily errands, a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen should be applied on a daily basis after cleansing. Sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied every two hours, or immediately after swimming or working up a sweat. A minimum of 5ml (approximately one teaspoon) of sunscreen should be applied to each limb, plus the face, and ears.

Our top pick for Daily SPF?!

Ultraceuticals Ultra PDM (Protective Daily Moisturising) Range

Protective Tick, Daily Tick, Moisturising Tick. This skin anti-ageing must-have works to help prevent the signs of premature ageing, leaving the skin looking more youthful and radiant. It is a lightweight and fast absorbing formula that delivers a vital blend of moisturising ingredients. Suitable for normal, dry or oily as it comes in 5 different formulations including a tint!

You now have our permission to enjoy the wonderful sunshine, under the proviso that you adopt the above daily rituals in order to reap the reward of healthy and happy skin in the future.  Want to know the must have topical Vitamins to keep your skin youth?! Head over to our ACE your way to amazing skin for incredible for age management tips.