Sunscreen protection factors are probably the most important ingredient in cosmeceuticals because they protect against sun damage, photo-aging and skin cancers. In the meantime, we can’t emphasise enough the importance of using a broad spectrum sunscreen each and everyday you will experience exposure to UV rays for more than 15 minutes. The purpose of using sunscreens is to reduce UVR exposure, not to extend the time spent outside in the sun. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, whether the label says to or not. This is because sunscreen can be easily wiped off, lost through perspiration and is often applied unevenly in the first place. Always reapply after swimming or water sports.

How do UVA rays work?

UVA rays (think ‘A’ for ‘aging’) penetrate the epidermis down to the dermal layer and cause damage there. These rays are the ones primarily responsible for pigmentation and wrinkles.

UVA can also suppress the immune system. Immune system suppression, while not as visible as premature wrinkling and sagging, is much scarier. When your immune system doesn’t function well, your body has trouble fighting off infections, which leaves you open to some pretty unpleasant conditions.

How do UVB rays work?

UVB rays (think ‘B’ for ‘burning’) work on the epidermis, causing the most obvious and immediate effect of sun damage: sunburn. UVB rays generally don’t pass through to the dermis like UVA rays do. However, UVB light is more worrisome, as it plays a major role in the development of skin cancer.

Why Sunscreen is So Important?

The best anti-aging skin care routines includes perfectly formulated cleansers, toners, exfoliants, serums, eye creams and moisturisers. These are all vitally important for younger, healthy-looking skin BUT none of these products replaces the need for daily sun protection. The benefits these products provide just won’t work the way you want without the sun protection step. We can’t stress this enough: Don’t forget daily sunscreen protection or your skin will suffer the consequences!

Sunscreen protection use is needed 365 days of year because the sun isn’t just damaging your skin when the sky is clear. The UV light emitted by the sun steadily and silently hammers away at skin year-round whether it’s cloudy or raining. Leaving your skin unprotected against this assault results in all the signs of aging you want to avoid, and you won’t feel the damage taking place!

What if you already have wrinkles and dark spots from years of unprotected sun exposure? Research has shown that it’s never too late to start protecting your skin. In fact, people with sun damaged skin (and that includes all of us) who started using a broad spectrum sunscreen later in life saw a noticeable reduction in every visible sign of aging.

No matter your age, daily sunscreen use is the foundation of a brilliant anti-aging skin care routine.

Know Your Sunscreen

Sunscreens come in many formulations and delivery methods, and it can take trial and error to find the one you like best. Whether it’s a sport spray, an easy-to-use stick or a rich moisturiser with anti-aging ingredients, the best sunscreen is the one you will use every day.

SPF stands for sun protection factor. The number tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin when using a particular sunscreen compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. So if you use an SPF 15 product exactly as directed (applied generously and evenly, and reapplied after two hours or after sweating or swimming), it would take you 15 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.

Broad Spectrum – The words “broad spectrum” on a label indicate that the sunscreen contains ingredients that effectively protect against UVA rays as well as UVB.

Water Resistance – While sunscreens can’t claim to be waterproof, they can be labeled water resistant for either 40 or 80 minutes. Yes, you can burn even when you’re in the water, so reapplying is key!

Sensitive Skin – Products containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, sometimes referred to as mineral or physical formulas, may be less likely to cause skin irritation in people who have sensitive skin.

The Pitfall – Most people don’t apply sunscreen exactly as directed. They may not apply it liberally enough, might miss spots and may forget to reapply regularly. Slather it on!

Looking for results-driven professional skin care? We have it covered at NASCENT with brands such as Aspect, Aspect Dr, Aspect Sun, Colorescience, Cosmedix, Cosmedix Elite, Dermaquest, PCA Skin and Societe. Look for Free Delivery, Gifts & Regular Specials.

A Guide to Selecting the Best Skin Care Products

Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skin care options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin care professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skin care products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.

The use of professional active ingredient skin care is recommended. The “Professional” skin care products we recommended on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-

  • higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems 
    (OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
  • are backed by clinical studies 
    (not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
  • are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin care therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use  
    (OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets) 
  • contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
    (OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will  only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
  • are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients  when exposed to the air
  • have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between a 4.5 and 5.5.
    (Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
  • do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives

Professional skin care often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skin care is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type. When used properly, professional skin care products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but overtime can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skin care and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.

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