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Lock out those damaging UV rays and maintain your skin’s health with these essential tips on sun and skin.
WORDS Clemency Alice

shutterstock_289835831Sun exposure is one of the biggest threats to ageing well. It stimulates melanin production, causing increased pigmentation and sun spots. Sun triggers an increase of free radicals in the body, which cause skin collagen fibres to degenerate and premature ageing. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, which is why it is so vital to have corrective sun protection as part of your daily skin health routine.

Which type of SPF should you use?

Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. A ‘physical’ broad-spectrum SPF is vital in blocking and reflecting those harmful UV rays and is essential if you have irritated, sensitive, reactive skin or a tendency to breakouts. Try Synergie Broad-spectrum Uberzinc with its key ingredients of zinc oxide, antioxidant green tea extract, hydrolysed tomato skin and Vitamin E.

What SPF is best?

An SPF15 provides only 93 per cent protection, whereas an SPF30 provides 97% and an SPF50 provides 98%. In your summer beauty regime, opt for a minimum of SPF30. Never fully rely on your SPF15 tinted moisturiser for full sun protection, instead select an SPF with a minimum of 30. Suncare Truth: If you have an SPF15 tinted moisturiser and layer this with an SPF30, the level of protection remains at SPF30, it does not become an SPF45.

Application Advice

Apply a generous amount of your sun protection cream at least 30 minutes before stepping outside, and make sure to reapply every few hours to ensure adequate sun protection. Remember to also apply along jawline, ears, neck and décolletage.
Suncare Truth: Remember to protect your skin from the sun even on those grey, overcast days. UVA rays (responsible for ageing) are still able to reach your skin.

Accessorise
Invest in a pair of UV protective sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat that matches your style and a light cashmere shawl. shutterstock_485173453