Skin

BE SUN SMART

Sunscreen you’ll actually want to use.

I get it- when it’s hot and humid, the last thing you want to do is add an extra layer of product on your skin. Common complaints about sunscreens are that they feel heavy and cloying. But if you want healthy, youthful, glowing skin then sun protection is non- negotiable. Sun exposure causes inflammation-wearing sunscreen strengthens your skin barrier and protects from photo-damage.

Whilst most of us are aware we need a broad-spectrum filter which shields from both UVA and UVB rays, a much lesser known but no less harmful danger is lurking in the form of HEVL (High Energy Visible Light) also commonly referred to as blue light. HEVL is essentially as third band of sun ray (which is thought to cause as much damage to skin as UVA and UVB combined!) Furthermore, it generates DNA damage through oxidative stress, leading to premature ageing, pigmentation and reduced barrier function. What makes matters worse is that this blue light is not just emitted from the sun, but also from blue light devices such as smart phones and computer screens, so even sun avoiders like myself are at risk and need to protect their skin.

As this is a relatively recent discovery, scientists are racing to develop ingredients to include into skin and suncare products to address this. Eucerin are ahead of the game, by incorporating a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant called Licochalcone A into all their greatly effective, photostable UVA/UVB suncare line-up. It’s a plant extract derived from the roots of Chinese Liquorice, which supports the skin’s own protection mechanisms against HEVL by defusing free radicals. In summer, I like to wear an all-in one tint with sun protection and I’ve been loving the Eucerin Sun Crème Tinted CC SPF50+. As I’ve been looking into the brand more, I was so impressed by their expansive offering for different skin types and issues, often ones that other brands don’t address, here are my highlights:

FOR ALLERGIC SKINS:
Allergy Protection Sun Crème Gel SPF50+
Sun allergies affect around 15% of the UK population – that is A LOT and there aren’t many products formulated for people who suffer with them: symptoms range from redness, blisters to patches, accompanied by strong itchiness. This formula contains the host of effective screening ingredients mentioned above, but what really stands out for me is what this formula is free from: preservatives, perfumes and emulsifiers. All to minimise the risk of irritation.

FOR ECZEMA PRONE SKINS:
Eucerin Sun Face Crème SPF50+
An incredibly comfortable texture, perfect for dry skin and it’s also the one to use if you have atopic dermatitis. Atopic skin has a weakened barrier function because it lacks natural moisturising factors. You’ll benefit from this truly emollient sunscreen to keep skin elastic and moist to reduce itchiness.

FOR OILY SKINS:
Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF50+
I get so many questions about sunscreen for oily, blemish-prone skins. The truth is that the majority of people with oily skin hate sunscreen and I get why – most of them make their skin feel even stickier. But ditching sun protection is not a clever option. I recommend this formula because it’s thin and fluid, not pasty nor chalky. Plus, it sits beautifully under makeup too.

This blog-post is kindly sponsored by Eucerin