As the temperature rises, so does the UV, so here are the sunscreens to keep your skin protected this summer.
Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage to skin, which causes accelerated ageing, skin cancer and pigmentation.
Adding a sunscreen to a daily routine can significantly change the appearance of skin in less than a week and help it look better for decades to come.
Dr Nikki Elkerton, a Hobart based general practitioner who specialises in skin cancer treatment, shared her sunscreen tips that will help your skin look it’s best.
She Says The best protection starts with the application, “apply sunscreen 20 minutes before UV exposure, and follow the tea spoon rule: apply one tea spoon of sunscreen to your head and neck, one per arm, two for the front and back of your torso and two per leg. This helps the sunscreen form a film”.
It is also important to reapply sunscreen every two hours and when the film gets disrupted, for example, after swimming, sweating or being rubbed, the sunscreen film is disrupted and will not protect skin as well.
Dr Elkerton also warns of a hidden skin damage source: screens. That’s right, phones, laptops and televisions are devices that have high intensity blue light emitted by LEDs that can cause skin damage similar to that caused by UVA.
Although it is only a low level of UV emitted, this source says four days in front of a computer screen is equivalent to 20 minutes in the mid-afternoon sun.
So, even if you don’t leave the house, sunscreen is still a must, preferably a physical barrier sunscreen containing zinc or titanium.
Another tip is to wear sunscreen with a high SPF value, “the higher the SPF, the better”.
With an abundance of sunscreens on the market, how do you find the perfect sunscreen for you?
When looking for the perfect sunscreen, consider the following:
- where on your body you will be applying it, as thicker sunscreens can be too intense for the delicate skin on the face;
- whether or not it will be used during different activities e.g. in the water or whilst working out and sweating;
- whether the SPF factor will be high enough for adequate protection;
- concerns around environmental impact or impacts on animals or animal products during the production of the sunscreen;
- various extras in the formula to benefit skin;
- any allergens that may be in the formula;
Throw out old sunscreens that have expired, as these won’t work anymore and check out our list of new sunscreens to make finding your perfect sunscreen easier this summer.
The Natural Sunscreen
Sukin’ Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen (RRP $24.95) has a tint that blends into the skin to create a sheer coverage and sun protection. With a slight pleasant scent, it leaves skin feeling moisturised, smooth, and glowy without looking greasy. This sunscreen contains rosehip oil, green tea and cucumber to nourish and zinc oxide for UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection (SPF 30). With a reef friendly formula that is free from oxybenzone and octinoxate. Great for use on the face, as it has a lightweight tint, but may need to may replied during the day as it has a lower SPF.
The Glamour Sunscreen (With Shimmer):
Key Sun has two amazing new sunscreens, a shimmer version (RRP $20.99) and a vegan version (RRP $19.99). The shimmer sunscreen with bio-glitter (that is microplastic free and biodegradable) and a vegan version that is not tested on animals and is non-irritating to the skin. The shimmer adds a glow to skin that doesn’t wash off after a quick swim. Both sunscreens have SPF 50 protection, a thick formula, 4 hours water resistance, UVA and UVB protection and are fragrance free. Ideal for use at the beach on the body, the shimmer will give a glow even before being in the sun.
The Everyday Sunscreen
Mecca Cosmetica’s cult favourite To Save Face SPF50+ Sunscreen (RRP $40) is extremely popular for good reason. With a vegan formula offering 50+ SPF UVA and UVB protection, plus nutrients to nourish the skin, this is one of the best sunscreens out there. This sunscreen can be worn underneath makeup as it is non-greasy, matte and contains vitamin E, pycnogenol and sodium PCA that replenishes skin for a natural glow.
The Natural Coverage Sunscreen
Wot Not Natural Face Sunscreen (RRP $26.99) offers 30 SPF UVA and UVB protection and anti-aging in one. With organic ingredients such as vitamin e, green tea extract, aloe vera, and jojoba, it is nourishing and has a gentle, natural fragrance. Whilst it is also reef friendly, vegan safe, cruelty free and 2 hours water resistance. Great for use on the face, and can be used under makeup, but may need to may replied during the day as it has a lower SPF.
The Tinted Moisturiser Sunscreen
Australian Made Invisible Zinc-Sheer Defence Tinted Moisturiser (RRP $25) gives a sheer tint and mineral shield for the perfect coverage and protection. This sunscreen has SPF 50 with UVA and UVB protection, great for sensitive skin, is 2 hours water resistance, a non-greasy formula, vegan, and is fragrance and cruelty free. Great for use on the face, as it has a natural looking tint, the higher SPF gives longer protection too.
The Perfect Sink In Sunscreen
Dermaviduals Sun Protection SPF15 (RRP $50) is 4 hours water resistant, has UVA and UVB protection and a very lightweight formula. Dermaviduals products use dermal membrane structures (DMS) and no emulsifiers to ensure full absorption of products into the skin for optimum effectiveness. Ideal for use on the face as it sinks in gently, and can be used under makeup, but may need to may replied during the day as it has a low SPF.
The Facial Sunscreen That Nourishes Your Skin
Apsect Skincare also has a new range of sunscreens suited to a range of needs. With prices ranging from $30-60, their sunscreens are all SPF 50+, have UVA and UVB protection and 4 hours water resistance. Some have a dry finish, others are extra hydrating, whatever your skin need, Apsect has a suitable sunscreen. The CC Cream has a sheer tint, the Envirostat Face and the Hydrating have a gentle, fresh fragrance and are not tinted.