Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
Sun protection… I thought I was pretty near perfect when it came to protecting my skin. So imagine my horror when a dermatologist recently said to me that I actually had sun damage.
I’ve never, ever, had a tan and coming back from holiday as pale as the day I left is my idea of a holiday well spent!
Living in the UK I have in the past tended to only apply a high factor (i.e. 30+ SPF ) during our actual sunny months.
Turns out my pale and never tanned skin was starting to show signs of sun damage.
My last holiday to Spain was evident to the dermatologist, who also pointed out the sun damage on my right side, “Do you spend a lot of time in the car?” – UV rays penetrate glass ?
Time to up my game.
I’ve used the original Heliocare (tinted) before and I liked it however, a new regime justified a new product ?
I choose Heliocare 360º as it offers UVA/UVB/HEvis/IR-A protection all at 50+. Lets break this down:-
UV, are ultra-violet rays. The ‘A’ rays are the longer ones that travel deeper into your skin and can cause the skin to age quicker. Think A for Ageing.
Think B for burning, these rays are shorter and are the ones that can burn. Burnt skin is damaged skin and this can lead to skin nasties (maybe skin cancers).
HEvis and IR-A?
I have never heard of these two before, however I had been reading quite a lot about the effects of ‘blue light’ from phones etc.?
I’m not sure what my thoughts are really about these two, however if I can find something that is going to offer protection against them (whether they are that bad or not), then why not?
HEvis – High energy visible light can penetrate deep into the skin. HEvis can be emitted from the sun but also indoor light (e.g. computers, LED etc)
IR-A – Infrared radiation, much the same definition as HEvis but also emitted through heat and thermal radiation
That’s the science bit for you ? but I can’t really write about Heliocare without mentioning Fernblock.
All the products in the Heliocare range contain Fernblock, which is a natural antioxidant, an extract of Polypodium leucotomos (which is a fern?)
Antioxidants are great protectors for your skin as they help mop up the free radicals which can lead to premature skin ageing. In short they help prevent cell damage.
Heliocare 360º Fluid Cream SPF50+
This non tinted cream is really easy and pleasant to apply, not thick or greasy etc. and it hasn’t made me spotty.
I’m applying it after my moisturiser and it sits wells under my make up – i.e. it doesn’t make my base slide off my face!
As with any SPF product it is only going to protect the skin that you apply it too, so I make sure that I am very methodical in my application.
I pay particular attention to my forehead, crows feet and around my lips – I’m thinking of those nasty vertical lip lines that I am starting to see.
As I’ve got older I’m all about preserving my skin – hence my obsession (in case you don’t already know) with collagen.
Whilst I do wish for the skin I had at 25 I realise it can’t be, but I also know that in another 25 years I will be wishing back for the skin I have now.
So, without going to extreme lengths, I am going to do all I can to ‘age well’.
Sun Protection is at the top of my list, and I’ve now resolved to wear an SPF of 50+, 365 days a year.
When do you use an SPF? Do you tan? Fake or real? Please feel free to leave a comment