Words Thomas Brooks
Autumn is here and we are nearing Winter – we are all putting our summer clothes in sealable bags and drawing out our autumnal essentials. However, something tells me that you are missing one important essential… SPF. We all associate sun with summer, and when it comes to ‘staying out in the sun’, we tend to apply sunscreen to avoid getting burnt on 30ºC days. Wearing SPF during colder days are important too – whilst it is more unlikely to get sunburnt on a 5ºC day, SPF prevents long term damage to the skin such as extrinsic ageing including hyperpigmentation, and worse, skin cancer. Unfortunately for us, even though there are benefits of the sun, UV Rays come for us 365 of the year. I have some fantastic options for you to try for all-year-round use.
The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection SunCream SPF 30
This product is truly wonderful in three ways, it contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to provide mineral protection against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, whilst nourishing with Rose Hip and Calendula and Aloe Vera and Shea Butter to condition. The Organic Pharmacy offers the best product for everyday use with a combination to protect, nourish and condition – letting you live carefreely. This product has been perfect for holidays in Saint Tropez, or work-life in London.
Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF 50+
For those brighter days, we must increase our sun factor and Avène is offering a great product to combat the sun with easy use. We must not forget that when applying sun protection, our body is included too. Avène’s Very High Protection Spray includes an antioxidant complex, Pre-tocopheryl + Thialidine for cellular protection from oxidative stress. In a spray form, the product streak-free when smoothed over face and body and perfect for travelling.
Available in Boots
Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF50+ Cream
Bioderma has always surpassed expectations with their skincare and research, and their SPF is no different. There has been a lot of emphasis on hyperpigmentation in recent years, and the Photoderm Spot SPF50+ Cream is on par with their Pigmentbio Daily Care – only the technology differs. The Photoderm Spot SPF50+ Cream formula contains a Cellular Bioprotection™ biological patent which activates skin’s natural defences and protects against premature ageing, and Glabridin (derived from a liquorice extract) to hinder pigmentation and the hyperpigmentation of scars. This product is also suitable for damaged skin, scars and is Hypoallergenic and Non-comedogenic; providing sun care for a broad spectrum of people.
Available online at NAOS
Institute Esthederm Adaptasun Face Cream Moderate Sun
Esthederm are experts of the sun, they motivate us to utilise the benefits of the sun whilst remaining protected. Previously I have spoken about their Bronz Repair Range which has been useful during the summer period – however, their Adaptasun range is perfect all year round. This product includes their brilliant Global Cellular Protection technology to prevent photo-ageing and dark spots, whilst protecting the skin’s DNA from cell damage. Perfect for moderate sun, the Adaptasun Cream will protect you 365 days of the year.
Available online at NAOS