After a long hard winter of lockdown, the relaxation of restrictions this week and the un-seasonally warm weather have given everyone the psychological boost that’s been needed. Seeing convertibles driving around with their roofs down, people picnicking and even swimming in the sea, you might’ve been mistaken for thinking it's July rather than March. It’s a good reminder that skin needs to be protected from harmful UV rays, not just in summer but all year around.
Why Is SPF So Important?
SPF protects skin from UV rays that cause sunburn, sunspots, wrinkles, sagginess, leathery skin, dullness, uneven pigmentation and skin cancer. This is because exposure to the sun’s rays damage the DNA in cells, especially worrying is the link to skin cancer. Elastin fibres are also damaged, and skin loses elasticity.
When applied regularly, SPF has been proven to help prevent the visible signs of ageing and skin cancer. Whilst it’s important to protect skin, we do still need to get our daily dose of Vitamin D for healthy bones, muscles and teeth. An SPF will allow your body to gain the Vitamin D it needs from the sun whilst creating a barrier against the more damaging UV rays.
Skinstation have a range of cutting-edge SPF formulas to suit your skin’s needs. Read on to find out our top tips for this summer’s best SPF products.
BEST SPF FOR OILY SKIN
In the past, sunscreens have traditionally been heavy and gloopy. Not this one thankfully. Wonderfully weightless, Obagi Matte Sun Shield TM Broad Spectrum SPF50 offers broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
It’s great for those with an oily complexion who may be concerned about shine. We guarantee that there’s no oil slick here, as this product leaves a sheer, matte finish. Key ingredient, Zinc Oxide deflects the UV rays, while Homosalate and Octisalate absorb and release radiation.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer a tinted sunscreen to cover blemishes, try Obagi Tinted Sun Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF50 Warm for golden, olive or darker tones or Obagi Tinted Sun Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF50 Cool for those with pink, bluish, or red undertones.
BEST SPF FOR DRY SKIN
Choose Dr. Barbara’s Sturm Sun Drops SPF50 if you’re looking for the ultimate moisturising SPF serum. Despite being super light, this is a seriously intensive moisturiser containing glycerine and arginine. Doctor Barbara herself describes it as “your liquid sun umbrella”.
Full of potent, active ingredients, such as Vitamin E and Cassine Extract to support the regeneration of skin cells, it can either be applied alone or easily mixed with a moisturiser.
This ground-breaking formula forms a protective layer against the skin, shielding it from harmful summer rays and intensely nourishing skin at a deep cellular level, making it perfect for dry skin. By promoting skin cell regeneration, with continued use, skin also appears more youthful.
BEST SPF FOR BLEMISHED SKIN
If you’re concerned that adding another moisturising product will make blemished skin, worse, don’t be. MZ Skin's potent Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturiser SPF 30 has been especially formulated with this in mind and contains an encapsulated non-irritant retinol.
Being rich in Vitamin A, C and E ensures that cell renewal is encouraged, imperfections are corrected, and skin tone is evened out, leaving the complexion beautifully smooth. Antioxidant rich Kahai Nut Oil protects, hydrates and nourishes skin too.
With regular use, expect a refined, brightened, less blemished complexion as well as being fully protected from sun damage.
BEST SPF FOR ANTI-AGEING
Your most important line of defence against premature ageing is an SPF. IS Clinical® know this and continuously research and develop the most efficacious ways to ensure their customers have future-facing skin.
IS CLINICAL® Extreme Protect SPF 30 has been formulated using advanced Extremozyme® technology, utilising micro-fine zinc oxide and micro-encapsulated organic active sunscreens. That’s why this product provides an extraordinary level of sun protection. How? By combining multi-level broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with powerful antioxidants that abate oxidative solar damage. An antioxidant rich barrier is formed against damaging rays, as well as protecting against other environmental damage.
Used daily, skin is protected from premature ageing, feels soft and smooth, and fine lines and wrinkles are diminished.