Our Essential Guide To Sun Protection

Sunnier days are on their way! Are you wearing the correct protection?

With some much-loved and needed sunshine radiating onto our days, it’s clear Spring and Summer are just around the corner! But are you protecting your skin in the best way?

90% of skin ageing is caused by UV exposure, meaning the sun is the largest contributor of facial ageing. This will lead to wrinkles and patches of pigmentation (darker areas) across the skin as well as a change in texture. Here’s our essential guide on UVs, letting you enjoy the sun worry-free!

Getting to know each UV

  • The sun emits two types of radiation Ultra Violet UVA and UVB. UVA damages the layers of the skin causing premature ageing and UVB is responsible for sunburn and skin cancer.
  • UVA makes up 95% of the sun’s UV rays which is why it is vital to protect your skin whenever you are exposed to daylight.


Causes of UV on the skin:

  • Dry skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Leathery skin
  • Premature ageing
  • Sun spots and pigmentation

Two types of sun protection

here are two types of sun protection physical and chemical sunscreen. Whilst both protect the skin here are a list of the key differences

Physical sunscreen
Usually contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
Sit on the surface of the skin to reflect and absorb UV radiation
Usually a thicker product
Usually better for sensitive skin as less irritating
Not usually advised for oily/acne prone skin due to thicker consistency

Chemical sunscreen
Usually found in products
Contain filters which absorb UV light
Doesn’t create ‘white’ effect
May cause irritation

Both types of sunscreen are vital so it really is a personal preference as to which you prefer for your skin and often a product with these combinations may be best suited

There is also another factor to consider, infrared radiation. With our current lifestyles we are spending more and more time in front of screens so it is important to protect your skin from this too. Antioxidants with a sunscreen can provide added benefits for this

With SPF becoming more and more sophisticated within the aesthetic industry there are now many options available. These include products with a tint (similar to a tinted moisturiser) which are designed for everyday use to provide a light coverage for blemishes and to create an even glowing complexion whilst protecting the skin.

Our expert top tips

  • Look for a broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection
  • Apply every day even if it isn’t sunny
  • Find a product which is right for your skin type (you may need more than one. For everyday or holiday protection)
  • Don’t rely on a low SPF within your make up
  • Always wear a factor 50


We advise a daily sun protection of SPF 50, below are the ones available in our clinic

Shop our SPF range here


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