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How to choose a sunscreen?

The most important piece of skincare product you should have is sunscreen. Make sure your skin is properly protected from the harmful rays of the sun using the trialled and tested sunscreen selected for Dermedica online shop.

To motivate you to care for your precious skin, I’m publishing the images you see here. Ultraviolet light (on the right) provides a preview of what sun exposure is doing to this young woman’s complexion.

sun exposure

The damage, so far invisible under ordinary light, will emerge with every passing year. She’ll see more and more premature wrinkles, brown spots, coarse texture, enlarged pores and collagen loss.

To avoid racking up this kind of damage, follow these sun smart rules:

* Wear sunscreen at all times, even on cloudy days.

* Wear sunscreen not just at the beach or pool, but for running errands too.

* Apply generously.

* Wait 20 minutes after applying before going outdoors.

* Re-apply regularly.

Buy the Right Sunscreen

There are good and not-so-good sunscreens out there. Our cosmeceutical-grade sunscreens have been sourced from the best sunscreens for your face and body. Follow these rules to get a sunscreen that really does the job.

1) No spray sunscreens
Spray sunscreens are easy and fast to apply. But most people apply them unevenly and don’t use enough.

2) No super-high SPFs
High-SPF sunscreens are rarely “broad-spectrum” products that protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF refers only to protection against UVB radiation, the source of sunburns. But it says nothing about UVA protection. UVA rays are the ones that age your skin and cause skin cancer.

3) No oxybenzone
More than 40% of sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone. It gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body.

4) No retinyl palmitate
This form of vitamin A is supposed to have anti-aging properties. But on sun-exposed skin, retinyl palmitate may speed development of skin lesions.

5) No combined sunscreen/bug repellents
Combining sunscreens and repellents leads to increased skin absorption of the repellent ingredients.

6) No sunscreen towelettes or powders
These offer dubious sun protection. Plus, inhaling loose powders can cause lung irritation.

Now that you know what to avoid, here’s what to look for:

1. Buy a “broad-spectrum” product. This means it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

2. Select a sweat-proof product for your face, so it will not run into your eyes or mouth.

3. Buy a non- comedogenic product that won't clog your pores.

4. Look for Zinc Oxide in the list of ingredients. This is the most powerful agent for blocking both UVA and UVB rays.

5. Find healthy facial sunscreens that are formulated with natural ingredients and antioxidants.

Enjoy your time out in the sun but in moderation and with protection. Please contact Dermedica if there’s anything we can help you to make the right choice of sunscreen for your skin. Do you need the best sunscreen for sensitive skin? For oily skin? We’re here to help.

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