Still not convinced you need to wear SPF on your face? Sun exposure is responsible for as much as 90 per cent of the factors we associate with premature ageing – think fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
‘The sun’s rays are a mixture of different types of light, and they include UVA, UVB, high-energy visible light and infrared light,’ explains Dr Tatiana Lapa, skin specialist and founder of drtatiana.co.uk.
‘These rays cause oxidative damage to cells, DNA and skin proteins, accelerating signs of ageing such as loss of elasticity, skin thinning, dehydration, redness, broken capillaries and pigmentation.’
Thankfully the suncare market has boomed and has come a long way since the days of 90s chalky and spot-inducing sun cream, bringing new innovations and formulas for everyday wear.
And we hate to break it to you, but staying at home does not mean it is okay to skip sun protection. Why? Because ‘windows can block UVB rays but allow UVA rays to penetrate through’, says Dr Tatiana.
‘This means you are less likely to tan and burn when indoors, but your skin cells will still be damaged and age.’
This is why it is so important to wear sunscreen that protects from a broad range of sunlight every single day, come rain or shine and whether you are indoors or out.
Ahead, Dr Tatiana shares her top five facial sunscreens recommended for daily use so you can protect yourself like a pro.
Facial SPFs come with higher factors than you might be used to seeing. It’s vital to consider a high factor because skin conditions such as rosacea and skincare products formulated with exfoliating acids and retinoids leave the skin vulnerable.
‘Heliocare gel has been a go-to favourite of mine for almost a decade,’ says Dr Tatiana. ‘The lightweight formula utilises ‘Fernblock’ technology, clinically proven to protect the skin, prevent premature skin ageing and repair DNA damage.
‘It is suitable for daily use but also strong enough to protect against intense sun exposure.’
Designed for people who suffer from problematic pigmentation such as melasma, Mesoestetic Mesoprotech Melan SPF 130+ Pigment Control offers very high factor sun protection.
‘I love this product because it perfectly combines easy daily use with intense sun protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and infrared light,’ says Dr Tatiana. ‘The addition of azeloglycine helps to regulate pigment production, preventing even the most stubborn melasma from coming back.’
She adds: ‘We give this sunscreen to all our patients undergoing laser or chemical peel treatments for pigmentation.’
A favourite with Dermatologists and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, this broad-spectrum sunscreen provides excellent protection against UV, HEV and infrared light, whilst remaining light, easy to wear and non-comedogenic (it won’t clog pores).
‘Rich in hyaluronic acid, this sunscreen soothes irritated skin, without feeling heavy or greasy,’ explains Dr Tatiana. ‘It is also free from most ingredients that could cause skin sensitivity, allergy or breakouts.’
Apply SPF at least 30 minutes before going outside. And although UV filters degrade throughout the day, regular top-ups are non-negotiable.
Coola is a California-based, award-winning brand (now available at Cult Beauty) that uses natural and organic ingredients and packs its sunscreens full of antioxidants and plant-derived active ingredients.
The 360 range (Us only – coming to Cult Beauty soon) has antioxidants including white cocoa seed, Peruvian pink pepper tree leaf and Indian jasmine stem cells enriched with Y-Manogsteen.
Dr Tatiana says: ‘Their sunscreens have a useable light texture and they have a broad range of products that are suitable for daily use, exercise, sunny holidays and for both adults and children.’
Tried-and-tested: Zelens Daily Defence – Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
We recommend Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen, £55, as it ticks all the boxes with its broad-spectrum protection. Secondly, its creamy and moisturising formula is infused with an additional dose of vitamin C to brighten dull skin and to fade any dark spots you might already have.
It’s a great option if you dislike additional skincare steps, as it moisturises and protects in one.
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