Come rain or shine, SPF is one of the most important beauty products you can have on your shelf. No matter how many beauty treatments and skincare products you have, they would all be fruitless without SPF. Sun damage is one of, if not THE leading cause of premature skin ageing. Whether it is raining or bright and sunny, the sun’s harmful rays still penetrate the cloud and can damage your skin. Yes, even if you are sitting in an office or a car all day! So have you been wearing SPF everyday? If the answer is no, it’s not too late to start!
Sun Damaged Skin
The sun emits harmful UV rays, and when exposed to these, causes your skin cells to generate free radicals. Free radicals are harmful to the skin and cause premature ageing. With repeated exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays your skin will begin to reduce the levels of elastin and collagen produced, which is what keeps youthful skin looking firm and plum. Without which you will begin to see fine lines and reduced firmness. In addition to this, repeated sun exposure causes burns, dryness, sun spots and ultimately, skin cancer. In summation, sun exposure will undo all of the hard work you put into your skincare routine!
For more information you can read our blog post ‘How to Protect Your Skin From Photodamage All Year Round’ here.
SPF Everyday Use
Wearing SPF everyday doesn’t necessarily mean applying the thick greasy cream you usually find on holiday beaches. Obagi Medical Sun Shield offers your skin the highest protection at SPF 50 and is perfect for everyday use. With a broad-spectrum mechanism of action your skin will be shielded from UVA and UVB rays. Not only does Obagi Sun Shield protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with 10.5% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate components, but it also contains vitamin C. The vitamin C simultaneously promotes skin firmness and rejuvenates your skin, helping to repair sun damaged skin. What is even better, is that Obagi Sun Shield is suitable for all skin types with its fragrance-free and PABA-free formula. This means you can no longer use those age-old excuses not to wear sunscreen… “its too greasy”, “it leaves a white film”, “I cannot wear it under makeup”. After all, prevention is better than a cure.
How to Apply
As experts in skincare, two of the biggest questions we get about suncream, is can you wear SPF under makeup, and at what point in your skincare routine should SPF be applied? Obagi Sun Shield is lightweight and absorbs quickly, leaving a matt finish without an oily residue. This makes this SPFideal for everyday use under makeup. Simply follow your usual skincare routine, and apply after moisturiser or in place of a moisturiser. Once the product has fully absorbed into your skin, you can then apply your makeup base knowing you are fully protected. Note: apply Obagi Sun Shield at least 15 minutes before sun exposure as this will allow enough time for the product to be fully absorbed and offer full UV protection, and reapply after sweating or swimming.