Why SPF is your insurance policy against premature ageing

You can spend all the money in the world on progressive anti-ageing treatments and top of the line skincare but if you’re not applying SPF every single day then really, what’s the point?

Sun protection is the ultimate insurance policy against premature ageing. Responsible for the development of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and overall skin damage, harmful UV rays speed up the ageing process quicker than anything.

Sun protection is required every single day, yes, even when the sun isn’t shining outside. This is because regardless of what your weather app predicts for the day, UV light is still emitting steadily all year round. This light is a mixture of two different energies: UVA and UVB.

UVA is most responsible for premature ageing and sun damage. UVA light travels deeper to the skin where our collagen and elastin is maintained. The key to plump, firm and youthful looking skin, when our collagen and elastin production is compromised, lines, wrinkles and sagging begin to form.

UVB causes what we most associate with sun damage – burning. It is also what indicates the SPF rating on your favourite products. This light may not travel as deep as UVA but still has the ability to cause long term damage. As we know, sunburn is not only unsightly and uncomfortable but can lead to long term concerns such as sunspots, skin damage and skin cancers.

Fortunately, there are many SPF products that offer protection against both UVA and UVB damage. These are known as Broad Protection Sunscreens. These protects contain formulations that absorb the UV energy and prevent it from damaging your skin. Throughout your day, your SPF will become less effective which is why reapplication is mentioned on the back of your product, we promise it’s there!

One of the biggest mistakes made when applying sun protection is not applying enough. To ensure thorough sun protection, one teaspoon of SPF (preferably SPF 50+) needs to be applied to each part of your body. Whilst your foundation or BB cream may mention it features sun protection, when you think about the required quantities for adequate protection, that’s A LOT of product you’ll be using each day (not to mention a base that takes you back to year 9 sans beauty blender).

You may be thinking right now “it’s too late, I already have sun damage” and to that we say it’s never too late to start protecting your skin! Whilst the harmful UV rays may have already impacted your complexion, it’s never too late to not only address your skin concerns but prevent future ones from arising. In addition to a selection of progressive treatments to address unwanted sun damage such as our Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel and IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatments, The FAB Clinic specialises in cutting-edge cosmeceuticals from Medik8 and mesoesthetic.

For a day cream that offers comprehensive sun and environment protection, we recommend the MediK8 Advanced Day Total Protect. A daily hydrator, this product offers UVA and UVB protection as well as harnessing Theobroma Cocoa Seed Extract for unique protection against blue light. This day cream also offers protection against free radicals, pollution and environmental aggressors thanks to Moringa Extract and Carnosine-derived peptides for infrared damage protection.

Often when we think of SPF 50+ products, we think of thick sunscreens that don’t sit well under makeup. Fortunately, skincare innovations have come a long way and MediK8’s Physical Sunscreen is the perfect example. Lightweight and non-sticky on the skin, this SPF 50+ product soothes and calms the skin whilst offering powerful sun protection. With a semi-matte finish, MediK8 have created a fantastic base for makeup that keeps the skin not only hydrated and supple but most importantly, protected.

For anyone that’s already tackling their pigmentation or ready to welcome a more even complexion, the mesoesthetic mesoprotech melan 130 pigment control is a must. The ultimate sun protection against pigmentation and premature ageing, this slightly tinted formulation offers UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared protection. In addition to its impressive protection status, mesoprotech melan 130 pigment control is rich in Azeloglycine, a tyrosinase regulator and free radical neutralising antioxidants.

The best SPF is the one you wear every single day. It’s never too late to start protecting your skin against the long-term impact of sun damage! Shop our favourite SPF products via our online store today.

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