Day Spa Services in Surrey and Surrounding Area
Date Posted: May 4, 2018
By Susie Santos
Now that Spring has sprung and the sun is out, let’s talk about SPF. Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet light. We know that UVA rays are “aging” rays and UVB are “burning” rays. Did you know that 80% of aging occurs in the first 20 years of life? So how do we shield ourselves from this? Ideally, sunscreen should be worn everyday, all year round. Yes! Even on cloudy days! Fact, the sun is 2x brighter on cloudy days in the winter. I think the most common reason why people don’t feel the need to wear sunscreen daily is because of the texture and weight of the product.
I often hear from clients that their sunscreen feels “too heavy” or “makes them break out”. This is such a common deterrent for wearing SPF daily. Think about it, if you had to choose between wearing your Uggs for a day or your 4 inch Louboutin’s, which would you prefer? Of course, we will choose comfort and ease of use over pain for beauty. Well at least most of us I think. Sigh…If we could just morph these two qualities together: Beauty and simplicity. This is why skincare lines have created easy to wear, daily sunscreens. With the combinations of both Chemical and Physical blocks there is no reason why you can’t have your SPF and Louboutin’s. With these ingredients, you can have your sun protection and glowing complexion all in one!
So, which one is better? Well, it comes down to preference. That’s what makes skincare so fun! You can customize to your heart’s content... along with the help of your skin therapist. It wasn’t until I discovered Medical grade skincare, that I noticed the improvement of my skin. My freckles began to fade and I noticed a more even skin tone. Of course, other steps in my skincare regimen all played a part in my results. But sunscreen is such an integral step to anti-aging and quality of our skin. Without SPF, reddening and sunburn will continue to damage the epidermis, which could lead to skin cancer. So, finding the right type of sunscreen is really important. Why? If you don’t like it, then you won’t wear it. And if you don’t wear it, you’ve wasted your investment and your skin still goes unprotected.
Here is the 411 on what is what and how to help you make an educated decision.
Chemical Sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, avobenzone and homosalate. These synthetic ingredients create a chemical reaction by absorbing the rays and converting them into heat and is then released from the skin. These sunscreens are also known as organic absorbers.
- Can be light weight and spreads more easily making it more wearable for daily use
- Less is needed for application as the sunscreen molecules have less spaces in between them resulting in a better coverage
- Chemical sunscreens allow the addition of other treatment ingredients like peptides and enzymes which add more skin benefits
- Because they absorb heat, sensitive skins like rosacea won’t like it as it can increase internal skin temperature and exacerbate the symptoms
- If overheated, other skin conditions like melasma can worsen
- Requires at least 20 mins before direct sun exposure to become effective
- Can cause stinging in the eyes after sweating
- The higher the SPF, the increased chance of irritation to sensitive or dryer skin types
- Requires frequent reapplication as the protection gets used up more quickly
Physical Sunscreens aka sunblock contain active minerals like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. These two minerals provide a natural broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreens work by sitting on the surface of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays. Think of having a bunch of little mirrors across your skin, like a disco ball!
- Begins working as soon as it’s applied, no waiting
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection and is longer lasting when in direct sunlight
- A Natural mineral that is safe for sensitive skins (like rosacea and/or heat activated skin types)
- Longer shelf life
- Can rub off, sweat off and rinse off easily so frequent application is needed
- Can leave a white-ish cast or chalky finish on the skin
- Is often thicker in consistency and can take more time in spreading over the skin
- Can cause an occlusive layer and making it less breathable during physical activity
- Inconsistent in spreadability as the molecules are larger and can result in more spaces between (essentially leaving “gaps or holes” across the skin)
When it comes to finding the right one for you, the first thing to do is try before you buy. Ask for samples of the product and wear it for a week or so. Typically, skin is acclimated to product within 2 weeks. Ask to have it applied after a facial treatment. At Fluid, we always finish with sunscreen. Once you’ve found the right one only then will wearing sunscreen daily become part of your routine. It’s like what American Express used to say “never leave home without it”.