SPF moisturiser - do I have to?
SPF moisturiser is a must-have, all year round because ultraviolet rays are damaging your cells, even on cloudy days. SPF moisturiser works silently, behind the scenes, and is a much bigger deal in helping to prevent skin ageing and skin cancer, than we realise. SPF moisturiser is also essential when you are using any retinol products and I also recommend if you are using acid toners. Super important.
Is it a Broad Spectrum protection and what is the SPF?
Broad Spectrum is important because it protects against UVA and UVB rays, so that you are protecting against both skin ageing and skin burning. There is a lot of debate about the best SPF moisturiser number and a lot of factors to consider. Our Youth Preservation Moisturiser™ SPF 20 is the minimum level I would recommend for daily protection and it is broad spectrum. It contains three SPF filters for robust protection at that level (the tested result was a little higher but we claim only SPF 20) and it is broad spectrum protection. If you want higher, I would suggest using a specific SPF product, on top. A foundation with an SPF cannot be added onto that of the moisturiser. The higher SPF of the two prevails.
Natural or Chemical SPF moisturiser?
Natural sun filters are physical and they work by deflecting the UV light. Typically they are Titanium or Zinc oxide and often use nano technology to help avoid the white-out look on the skin. There is some question as to the harm nano technology can cause humans but it is not absolutely confirmed. There is also concern about the harm these 'natural' sun filters cause to sea life. There are lots of options for 'chemical' sun filters (remembering that everything including water is a chemical please) and they work by absorbing the UV light. In Youth Preservation Moisturiser™ SPF 20, although an expensive way to formulate, I chose to use both types in the formula because I believe it gives the best results and efficacy. In fact we use three different sun screens. Also, it is a much better formula to wear under make up.
- Always use your SPF moituriser last, before applying make up
- Recognise that SPF, needs to be re-applied to give truest protection
- We also need Vitamin D for strong bones and to prevent osteoporosis so, we do need to expose our skin to sunlight regularly. Any skin, it does not have to be facial skin. There is a huge debate on the effects of Vitamin D deficiency
- If you are sunbathing, use a higher factor and re-apply often. Especially those that want to avoid any sun related/hormonal skin pigmentation from sun exposure.
- To be protected you have to properly cover the entire area - about a teaspoon, is often recommended for face and neck and head. That is quite a lot
So, in conclusion... Yes! to SPF moisturiser.