Since working in the beauty spa industry for many years now, one of the most common questions that I get asked is “What is your miracle product to restore, repair and give me younger skin?” Now you may be taken back with my response but it’s the true: like it or not the best way to age gracefully is through PREVENTION – so my miracle product is SUNSCREEN!
Time and time again I hear my clients say “I wish I knew then what I know now.” I would have never slather on that baby oil for that dark tan or worse yet the ones that added iodine to their oil so that they would become a tint of orange! While we may chuckle at this now the reality is, these clients are now suffering from their consequences! Now we are trying to correct the aging and damage or even worse melasma that was caused by years of skin abuse and neglect.
Sun exposure is the number one factor that causes the premature aging of the skin. UVA, UVB and Ultraviolet rays are the main culprits to our skin being damaged. They cause the accelerated break down of collagen and elastin two key components to keeping skin firm, and wrinkle free. Sun protection in the form of skin products is the #1 factor in slowing down the causes of skin aging and let’s not forget the benefit of preventing skin cancer. In fact, there are even sunscreens that provide skincare benefits as well. Think of them as your ‘summer all in one go to cream’. Esthederm skincare line from Paris a world leader, with many world firsts and patented technology in the area of sun and skin care.
Continue reading to learn more about why sunscreen is a NON- NEGOTIABLE addition to your skincare regimen, as well as my favorite sunscreens that you need!
#1 – Shields from Harmful UV Rays
While we do need the sun for our daily dose of Vitamin D, this does not imply that you should put your health at risk. Applying sunscreen actually blocks these harmful rays from penetrating the skin and triggering skin disorders.
#2- It Reduces Hyperpigmentation
If you get acne scars or any dark spots on the skin wearing sunscreen can help to reduce and lighten these dark spots over time. Sun exposer acts like a glue that forces melanin cells to stick together which makes it hard to break apart and heal scars over time. Brown spots can be treated in the sun with the help of photo regular intense sunscreen. This Photo Regulator Sunscreen by Esthederm is patented technology to correct the appearance of brown spots and to keep your complexion flawless in the sun. For anyone with melasma then you will need something stronger so that your melasma does not get aggravated so this will be your go to: sun expert spf.
#3- Battles Redness, Sensitivity and Rosacea.
If you have sensitive skin, there is a higher chance that your skin can burn in the sun. Also, if you read my last article, you will know that in fact sun exposure can trigger and cause rosacea to flare-up! This is due to the UV rays heating the skin and causing an increase of blood flow to the skin, therefore causing the skin to become more sensitive and red. So, for sensitive skins, do yourself a favour and lather up. To build your tolerance I recommend that you apply sun ultimate spray spf 1 week prior to your 1st sun exposure 2 times per day instead of your usual face and body care products. Then during your first 3 days of exposure apply every hour and especially after swimming. The Esthederm – Sun Ultimate line is specifically designed for skin’s that are sun- intolerant, and skins that overreact with exposed to the sun. Therefore, you can still enjoy being outdoors without your skin becoming inflamed and irradiated.
#4 – Mattifies the skin and helps Reduce Enlarged Pores.
Yes, luckily there are now sunscreens that don’t smell weird, aren’t stucky oily or greasy, and that actually reduce sebum production and the appearance of large pores. This is great news for any of my acne suffers. This mineral based uv protect-spft 50 sunscreen is perfect for any oily, acne skin. Since it not only mattifies the skin but helps fight dark spots, protects sensitive skins against UV rays and photo aging.
#5 – Prevents Premature Aging.
All of us want and love to have younger looking, healthy and radiant skin. So, in my opinion this is one of the most convincing reasons to start applying a sunscreen. It shields and protects your skin from developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. There are many sunscreens that have anti-aging properties in them that actually prevent and correct the appearance of wrinkles like Esthederm’s Bronz Repair (Firming Anti-Wrinkle Sun Protection) Available here.
#6 – Lowers Skin Cancer Risk.
While I mainly started using sunscreen to prevent wrinkles and more for it’s beauty reasons then anything. This health benefit came as an advantage. Wear your sunscreen daily to shield your skin from the risk of various types of skin cancer especially melanoma (the worst type of skin cancer) In the winter time I use more of a protection spray the summer I use a higher SPF like the ones I mentioned above.
#7 – Enhances Health of the Skin
The essential skin proteins such as keratin, elastin and collagen are all protected by sunscreen. These proteins are required for keeping the skin smooth & healthy. We should be living with the sun, not without it! By using a SPF with Global Cellular Protection, you are protecting your skin against photo- ageing, brown spots, wrinkles, collagen damage, elastin damage, and you are protecting & improving the skins resistance to the sun increasing its’ cellular defense process.
#8 – A great Cosmetic Option
Now a-days, you get the advantage that sunscreens also double up as a tinted moisturizer. Just apply and leave it on, and your skin looks fresh, hydrated and brighter! It still protects the skin against daily aggressors like pollution and UV rays but has a natural tint to it it’s a win, win situation.
We have 3 different tinted SPF’s here at Body Tuned By so check out or e store or send me a message and I can help you selected the perfect one!
#9- Enhances your Tan
Yes, there are 2 ultra-nourishing sun care protection for your body & hair that will maximize natural tanning and enhance the appearance of the skin in the sun. The Silky Mist & Sun Bronz Dry oils have an exclusive protection system that help to improve the skin’s resistance to external stressors and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and brown spots. The combination of oils nourishes, hydrates and enhances the skin. You can also use these 2 Esthederm products on your hair as well, to keep the colour from changing in the sun.
#10 – Prevents Sunburns.
Pretty simple, yet some may not realize that sunburns weaken your skin. The more often your skin gets burnt the more escalated the risk of skin cancer can be. Besides the immediate pain and discomfort from your skin becoming red, itchy, and blistered the long-term effect can be riskier. So, apply your sunscreen and stay safe.
What are you waiting for start applying that SUNSCREEN NOW! You may not notice the benefits right away, but the advantage of using a sunscreen is felt in the long run. If you are out and in the sun for a long time either working outdoors or enjoying a sunbath at the beach, it’s best to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours to continue to protect your skin.
So, have I convinced your enough to start using a sunscreen? For those who are late to this information there are treatments to help get your skin back to where it was before sun damaged has occurred. Please reach out to me @laura_soulios or @body_tuned_by with any questions, concerns or topic ideas for future articles.
Enjoy the Summer 2021.