How fantastic has our summer been so far, even if a tad too hot at times.
So with this in mind, we know we need to protect our skin from the sun. It would be reasonable to think that by applying a high Spf the greater the protection would be.
Why should we use a milder SPF in preference for a stronger one?
- In fact, an SPF15 will give us 93% protection and an SPF30 only an additional 4% not double as would be reasonable to think.
- An SPF30 or higher will also use more chemical sunblock ingredients which can potentially cause free radical damage which reacts with the DNA of our cells.
What are the different types of sunscreens?
Physical Inorganic – using Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide, earth minerals that sit on top of the skin like a crushed mirror reflecting rays.
Absorbant Organic – such as Ethyl Methoxycinnamates and Butyl Dibenzoylmethane (which has a low chemical content). Sits in the skin to absorb and neutralise the rays.
How can I achieve superior protection?
Incorporate antioxidants which fight free radical damage in your sunscreen and skincare.
Apply Vitamin A topically (in the form of Retinyl Palmitate) which will have a photoprotective effect.
By eating antioxidant rich foods or through supplementation such as Skin Complete from the Advanced Nutrition Programme.
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