Launching in 2019
This year La Roche-Posay debuted their UV Sense device which is a sign that sun skincare is definitely getting smarter. No bigger than a fingernail… in fact it is tipped as simply looking like nail art, the wearable tracker works in tandem with an app and tells the wearer when it is time to re-apply sun protection to help prevent sun damage.
It doesn’t need to be charged or Bluetooth-wired or anything to give you status updates on the environmental factors (UV exposure, pollution, humidity, allergen levels) around you that are affecting your skin, and you can shower, swim, and work out while wearing the app, and it’ll stay on for up to two weeks or until you peel it off. It is also environmentally friendly to dispose of.
A mineral sunscreen, containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, according to Prevention.com, Dr. Schlessinger, president of LovelySkin.com has recommended this particular sunscreen for the face, commenting: “This sunscreen moisturiser for the face is the first of its kind to be formulated with all mineral sunscreen ingredients while providing anti-ageing and hydration benefits to the skin.”
Again, according to Prevention.com, and flying in at the lower end of the cost spectrum, Neutrogena’s hero sunscreen is one of the few with such a high factor. The website cites the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, where researchers found that, in real-world conditions (rather than a lab), SPF 100+ sunscreen was significantly more effective in protecting against sunburn than SPF 50+ sunscreen.
“I tell patients to choose a product with the highest SPF possible,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “In the real world, we do not apply as much sunscreen as we should and we definitely do not reapply as much as we should. Starting out with a higher SPF acts as an insurance policy to give the highest level of protection for the longest period of time.”
This year we are more savvy about what we are putting into and onto our bodies than ever before. Veganism is the biggest ‘trend’ to take hold and we are all just a little more conscious about our wonderful green planet. So it goes without saying that many of us want to carry that mindfulness into out sun protection. There has been much online discussion about completely natural ‘sunscreens’ such as the use of carrot oil on its own.
While there may be some evidence that there is a sun protection value in this, it does not seem to be 100% tried and tested, and so in the interests of safety is probably best not used as your only form of sunscreen. That said, there are plenty of brands who have formulated alternative options. There are two main types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens contain a lot of ingredients with difficult names, while mineral sunscreens work by physically blocking UVA and UVB rays from reaching the skin.
Natural sunscreens are formulated using ray-reflecting zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which aren’t absorbed by the skin, making them ideal for anyone concerned about toxins or sensitivities. Women’s Health Magazine has done a superb round up of some of the best for 2018, and top of the list (and readily available in the UK), is Salt + Stone’s SPF 30. They say: “This non-toxic formula contains zinc oxide alongside herbal extracts to calm and soothe sensitive skin. Coconut oil and shea butter deliver deep hydration, while beeswax offers water resistance for up to 80 minutes (although this does mean this natural sunscreen isn’t vegan.)”
It’s not just about what you buy, it’s also about when you buy it and how you store it. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your sunscreen, remember:
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