I love Australia’s sunny climate and outdoor lifestyle. Unfortunately scientific research has found that about 90% of premature skin ageing is believed to be caused by UV exposure from the sun.
Another study found that a two percent increase in skin damage ages the face by three years! YIKES! I don’t mind ageing gracefully according to my years but not by more than my years! Premature skin ageing can include:
Premature skin ageing, once present, is extremely difficult to reverse! It really is much easier to prevent in the first place rather than try to reverse.
The easiest and most effective anti-premature ageing strategy is to use high SPF sunscreens.
Nowadays, with the large range of sun screen products available, there is just no excuse not to apply sunscreen each and every day, whether it’s sunny or overcast. There are products to suit every person, every part of your body and every occasion! Sunscreens have dramatically improved since the days of my childhood! Gone are the days of the thick, greasy pore-clogging sunscreens – thank goodness! In their place are a myriad of sunscreens that are all lightweight, low in fragrance and dry to touch. Some also include secondary benefits such as providing intensive moisturising or containing additional anti-ageing properties.
Here’s a brief overview of some of the effective new sunscreen products currently on the market. Firstly, looking at sunscreens specifically developed for the face.
SunSense Daily Face SPF 50+
A light oil-free moisturising sunscreen with a sheer tint for an invisible matte finish.It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores. It’s also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free. Contains Vitamins B3 and E. It can be worn alone or under makeup.
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF 50+
An oil-free sunscreen formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Vitamins B3 and E
I love the multi-functional nature of this sunscreen as not only does it protect your skin from the premature ageing effects of the sun, the AHA also works to improve skin texture and tone whilst helping to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles! The added Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps improve the appearance of age spots and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect for my 40+ year old skin!
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF 50+
This sunscreen is very similar to the one above with the same benefits of the added AHA, vitamins B3 and E. The difference is this sunscreen has a sheer tint for an invisible matte finish. I love the feel of the matte finish of this sunscreen on my skin. This sunscreen is my new go-to sunscreen for my face!
SunSense Moisturising Face SPF50+
I received this sunscreen originally from a BeautyHeaven event a couple of months ago. This sunscreen is easy to apply, absorbs quickly and is non greasy and non sticky. It has an oil-free base and can be worn either alone or under makeup without the makeup sliding off. It’s non comedogenic and free from fragrances, PABA and lanolin. It is also moisturising, as the name suggests, and thus perfect for normal and dry skin.
SunSense Lip Balm SPF 50+
Melanin helps protect our skin against ultraviolet radiation but unfortunately our lips don’t produce melanin. This makes it even more important to apply sunscreen to our lips. SunSense Lip Balm comes in an easy glide on applicator tube. It feels soothing and moisturising probably due to the added cocoa butter and vitamin E in its formula. Being fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, as well as propylene glycol and preservative free, it’s suitable for sensitive skin.
Banana Boat Everyday Faces SPF 50+
This product is an oil-free, non-greasy and gentle formula designed for daily use. It absorbs quickly and easily into your skin whilst offering all round broad spectrum protection. It’s light enough to wear under makeup.
Banana Boat Everyday Sensitive SPF 50+
This sunscreen is specially formulated to provide optimal sun protection for sensitive skin and is ideal for those who may avoid using sunscreen for fear of irritation. It’s lightweight, fragrance free and non greasy whilst still offering broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is 4 hours water resistant.
I’ve included this product as it is a bit different from the others. I received it at a BeautyHeaven Dermalogica event a couple of months ago where it was prescribed for my skin after I underwent a Face Mapping process. You can read more about this process here. Whereas the other products I’ve mentioned today I’d class as sunscreens, some of which have the added benefit of a moisturiser, this product I’d class as a moisturiser treatment with the added benefit of SPF 50. It focuses on reducing hyper-pigmentation in the skin including the development of new pigmentation from UV light from the sun.
Much as I have loved using this product, unfortunately it is way too expensive to use in the quantities recommended for sunscreen usage even if you limit yourself to just using it on your face and neck as I have done, i.e it’s recommended you use more than 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) to the face and the same (3ml) for the neck.
Next looking at sunscreens for the rest of the body.
SunSense Ultra SPF 50+
This is an ideal family sunscreen offering very high protection and 3 hours water resistance. It contains dual UVA/UVB absorbers, applies easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It also comes in a huge 500ml pump pack ($23.95) that would be useful for keeping near the door as a reminder to apply before going outdoors. SunSense Sport SPF 50+
This is the sunscreen I pop in my youngest son’s school and sports bags. The roll-on applicator makes it easy for him to apply and it’s secure from any potential leakage. It is specially developed with UV, water, sand and sweat in mind. It is 4 hours water resistant and also sand and sweat resistant.
SunSense Clear Gel SPF 50
This sunscreen is my teenage son and daughter’s favourite! It is a readily absorbed, super quick drying and easy to spread gel which is suitable for all skin types including hairy, oily and acne-prone skin. It is sand resistant and water resistant for 60 minutes. SunSense Sensitive SPF 50+
This gentle sunscreen lotion is suitable for very sensitive skin including babies. It is free from chemical absorbers, lanolin, fragrance and colour. Water resistant for 4 hours. Paediatrician and dermalogially tested. Suitable for face and body.
SunSense Clear Mist SPF 50
I like using this SunSense Clear Mist spray on my body when I’m by the pool. It’s clear so I don’t need to worry about rubbing it in. It’s easy to use, absorbs easily, and dries quickly. It has added vitamin B3 and E and is free from PABA, lanolin, preservatives and propylene glycol. It has the advantage of being water resistant for 3 hours. I’m determined my children are not going to have the premature skin ageing I have due to sun damage from my younger days. Having suffered from a malignant melanoma and having had two surgeries for this I am vigilant with both my sun protection and theirs. Most of my skin damage was done in my youth, but at least I can prevent my premature ageing due to the sun from getting any worse and theirs from developing! I suspect my children’s generation’s skin will be in such a better condition than my generation’s skin tends to be at the age of 40 and beyond!