We’ve all got the message: sunscreen is essential for both the health of our skin and as a potent anti-ager. But if, like us, you need a little more incentive to religiously practice safe suncare habits then read on. We’ve enlisted the experts to share little-known sun facts to boost both your SPF acumen and your anti-ageing arsenal too.
Your Reading Light Is Just As Ageing As Sunlight
It might sound over-the-top but according to celebrity dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer, it’s true. “Room light, laptop light, fluorescent light, and window glass-transmitted light all damage skin,” he affirms. “Even at a dinner party there’s enough light to stimulate pigmentation-producing melanocytes so the skin needs sunscreen.” Look for featherweight formulas such as Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield SPF30 to layer under makeup day and night. Or try Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF30 for a glow-y finish on bare skin.
UV Rays Are More Powerful On Cloudy Days
There are two types of sun rays: UVA (which cause skin ageing) and UVB (responsible for sunburn). Both types pass through clouds, particularly UVA. “These rays may also bounce off clouds, intensifying the level of radiation they give off,” says Dr Alexis Granite, Consulting Dermatologist for Kiehl’s. Opt for Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, which includes free radical-fighting vitamin E to protect the skin barrier from UVA-induced oxidation.
A Little Sun Does A Lot of Damage
“Short bursts of sun exposure may seem innocuous but the sun damage to your skin is cumulative and it will show by visibly speeding up the ageing process,” warns Susanna Saui, International Technical Education Manager at Ren. Ren’s Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 uses zinc oxide to physically block UV rays and gives skin a blurred, mattifying finish to boot.
Sunscreen Can Reverse Signs Of Ageing
“UV radiation causes cellular damage resulting in a blotchy complexion, collagen damage and a lack of elasticity,” says renowned facialist, Sarah Chapman. According to a top scientific study, a simple sunscreen can actually reverse these signs of photo-ageing by blocking sun damage and allowing your skin to regenerate on its own. The new gen of SPFs are supercharged with skin-restoring ingredients for even more anti-ageing power. Try Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Dynamic Defence Moisturiser to lighten existing pigmentation while Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Sunkissed’s tinted formula tones and firms skin.
Skin Cancer Is A Growing Epidemic
According to The British Skin Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. What’s more, over 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. It’s a sobering statistic but one that had us instantly reaching for our go-to bottle of SPF. We’re loving Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Sun Care SPF 30, which banks on four highly biodegradable sun filters that won’t harm fragile marine life.