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Suncreams and Sunscreens what they do.

In the first of my blog articles this week lets get the lowdown on sunscreen. Sunscreen the cream that is added last to your daily skincare regime is the product you should get right first. Lets turn your skincare regime on its head just for now and talk about sunscreens. 

 

Suncream – Why you should wear it.

Here at Be Aesthetic Clinic in North Yorkshire we understand the importance of Sunscreen. Its a fact sun exposure (natural or artificial) can cause skin cancers and skin ageing.  It contributes towards to fine lines and wrinkles and sun spots but it can also exacerbate skin conditions like rosacea. Some skin conditions are worsened by sun exposure like pigmentation. Acne sufferers will argue that their acne gets better with sun exposure but for every one that does there will be another that argues it gets worse. Moderate sun exposure has beneficial effects for us but its important that we protect our skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause premature ageing, UVB rays are the ones that can cause you sunburn but both are harmful to skin.

Which suncream should I buy?

How long is a piece of string? That really depends on you. Personally I choose creams that don’t feel as though I have creams on once applied.  Most good facial sunscreens will feel as though you do not have anything on your skin. Choosing one that is formulated to your skin type means it won’t exacerbate any underlying skin conditions. They are available as just sunscreen, some are tinted and some can be used as a foundation. My foundation or moisturiser has SPF in I don’t need a separate suncream. I commonly hear this in clinic. Often though these are less rub and water resistant and most importantly they are not applied thick enough to provide adequate protection.

In a nutshell

The skin on our faces is one of the thinnest areas of skin on our body yet it can be the most exposed to sunlight. There is a higher concentration of oil and sweat glands and hair follicles on the skin of our faces. Its important we choose a sunscreen formulated specifically for the face. It really is a case of one cream does not fit all. I recommend every one of any age should apply a facial sunscreen every day and reapply as needed. It reduces skin ageing, it protects your skin from UVA and UVB damage and it can help control skin conditions. If you do nothing else for your skin wear sunscreen.

Further reading

The British Association of Dermatologists are the go to guys for skin related topics, their Sunscreen and safety Fact sheet  is packed full of more detailed advice.

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12th May 2020