Severe floods in Germany, California wildfires and a blisteringly hot, record-breaking heatwave across the UK. The planet, human race and animals are being impacted by these incredible forces of nature. The world is getting hotter, polar ice caps are melting and there’s a hole in the ozone layer too. All of which is not good news. Of course, there’s a need to take global action before it’s too late, but as individuals we also need to be aware of how to protect ourselves against climate change.
Extreme heat and sunshine not only pose an imminent danger, causing people to dehydrate, but they can also damage our skin, leading to premature ageing and even skin cancer. No-one wants to get wrinkles before their time or even worse, have to fight a deadly disease, so there’s never been a better or timely reminder to wear a daily protective facial SPF.
UV radiation usually emanates from natural sources like the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds and lasers. Radiation is essentially a form of energy. When energy is involved, change happens and when UV rays penetrate our skin cells, that’s exactly what occurs. It damages our cell DNA which has the knock-on effect of causing mutations, genetic defects, premature ageing, and skin cancer. Too much sun can also lead to dark spots (age spots) because our body’s natural defence mechanism kicks into action and produces an excess of melanin in a bid to block out the danger.
We tend to talk about two types of UV rays in skincare, UVA and UVB. The majority of those that reach the earth’s surface are UVA rays. These have a lower level of energy and longer wavelength meaning that they can penetrate more deeply into the skin causing photoaging. To you and me, that’s wrinkles!
UVB rays are responsible for producing sunburn so have a large role in causing skin cancers including deadly malignant melanoma. It’s important to protect skin from both forms of UV radiation all year around because it can even penetrate through heavy cloud.
Morning Skincare Routine
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that SPF is applied daily so this should be an essential step in your morning skincare routine. Also, because the skin on your face is often the first to age, it’s even more crucial to incorporate this into your skincare regime.
Nowadays, there are a plethora of SPF facial products that have been formulated specifically for facial skin. Gone are the days where the only choices were thick, gloopy sunscreen that looked like you’d been pulled through an oil slick backwards.
Today’s innovative facial SPF products also mean that you can wear them under make-up. Just make sure you apply it as the last step in your skincare routine and allow sufficient time for it to absorb before your skin is exposed to the sun or you apply make-up over it.
Best SPF: SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50
With the advent of summer sunshine, we’re all over SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50. This high factor, advanced SPF is perfect for all skin types and ethnicities and has been dermatologically tested to confirm its suitability across the Fitzpatrick Spectrum. SkinCeuticals are breaking new ground with this one because its 100% mineral filters offer a sheer sunscreen with a mineral tint. In layman’s terms, that means it blends with your natural skin colour, leaving you with a radiant complexion. It’s also free of chemical-filters and parabens so is also sensitive enough for those with dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin.
Forget looking like you’ve been smeared with something pasty white, this is the perfect SPF to use if you prefer the bare, natural look because of its sheer, complementary tint that leaves you with a flawless and radiant complexion. It’s water-resistant properties reduce the need for reapplication, making it a highly convenient and economical skincare product. So, you can apply this SPF safe in the knowledge that you’ll be beach or pool ready within minutes.
Equally, if you’d rather not be without your make-up, you’ll be pleased to hear that this is just the product to create a perfect canvas for make-up. That’s because it’s been formulated as a weightless, silky fluid and once absorbed, it leaves skin with a soft, matt texture, the ideal base for foundation or concealer.
Whether you’re at home or on holiday, this product’s duality makes it the must-have SPF to have on your bathroom shelf all year round. We all know there’s nothing worse or more damaging to your skin than sun exposure so take the plunge today. Invest in a bottle of SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 to keep your skin glowing and youthful for as long as possible.