Our Top 3 SPF Recommendations
To prevent premature ageing and sun damage, a decent sunscreen should be worn on our faces all year round. I use a factor 50 on my face everyday, yes, even in the winter! Don't let the temperatures outside fool you, UV rays will still penetrate the skin even when it's cloudy and cold outside. If you were to ask any skincare expert what the top most anti-ageing product is, they will tell you that one of the best routes to having younger- looking skin for longer is to wear SPF daily.
With so much variation, choosing your suncreams can be a slightly daunting task and with this gorgeous heatwave looking like it's here to stay, I've decided to share my knowledge on choosing your suncreams adequately and the difference between UVA and UVB rays.
Firstly, there are two types of rays emitted by the sun; these are called UVA and UVB rays. What you are looking for in your sunscreens is both UVA and UVB protection.
What are UVA rays?
UVA rays are the longer form of ray, which penetrate the skin far deeper than UVB rays. These are responsible for immediate tanning, wrinkles, ageing, DNA damage and can too cause skin cancer.
Whats are UVB rays?
UVB radiation is the medium wave emitted by the sun that penetrates the superficial skin layers. These rays cause delayed tanning, sun burn, they damage the skins superficial epidermal layers and can too cause skin cancer.
Everyone automatically checks the factor protection against UVB rays, which is governed by the SPF or factor found on the front of the bottle. However protection against UVA rays has its own rating system that is found on the back of sun cream bottles, and how often do you turn the bottle over and study the UVA star rating?
The UVA star rating ranges from nought to five and indicates the percentage of UVA radiation absorbed by the sunscreen in comparison to UVB.
That's why it's important to choose a high SPF as well as a high UVA protection (e.g. a high number of stars). Sunscreens that offer both UVA and UVB protection are some times called 'broad spectrum'. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars is generally considered as a good standard of sun protection in addition to shade and appropriate clothing.
Some of my favourite face suncreams are:
Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector SPF 50
A DNA enzyme complex antioxidant sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVA and UVB rays, as well as environmental aggressors and premature ageing. I absolutely love the universal sheer tint that adapts to all skin tones and lightly disguises skin imperfections.
Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 30
A luxurious broad spectrum SPF 30, that contains Vitamin E to fight free radicals, camellia oil to restore, and is super hydrating thanks to the nourishing shea butter!
Skin Ceuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50
Provides a high broad spectrum UV protection, Skin Ceuticals Mineral Radiance UV defence is a lightweight SPF 50 formula which also offers a semi-sheer tint.