Sun Damage and Sun Protection – AlumierMD Sunscreens

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There are two types of damaging rays, UVB and UVA. UVB-focused sunscreens may be the reason for increased skin cancer rates.  SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only measures UVB, not UVA.

Because the SPF protects against the UVB rays that are responsible for the burn, the skin does not become red as quickly and we are lulled into a false sense of security. The issue is UVA does not make the skin red as quickly and passes through the epidermis into the dermis. Exposure to UVA is the leading cause of melanoma, which is only 2nd to lung cancer as the leading cause of death from cancer.

A good sunscreen will protect from UVA and UVB and is termed a broad spectrum sunscreen.

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Topical antioxidants have been shown to protect skin from damaging free radicals caused by UV rays. Different antioxidants work via different mechanisms to neutralize damage. Therefore, {{AlumierMD sunscreens}} are packed with different types of antioxidants for a full range of protection.

How to protect against photo damage

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen to protect from both UVA and UVB rays

Antioxidants to protect against free radical damage

Clear Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42

is a lightweight non-comedogenic sunscreen that provides powerful broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, both physical filters. Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and sodium hyaluronate soothe and moisturise. Light in texture, gentle and quick drying, this sunscreen is perfect for all skin types but particularly oily, rosacea and acne-prone skin.

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 Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40

is a silky and sheer formula which uses a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays, while moisturising with vitamin E. The formula is also packed with free-radical quenching antioxidants including a stable vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol, grape seed extract and glutathione to protect skin from UV damage. Available in both untinted and a versatile tint that blends on the skin to create a sheer radiance.


Other Sun Safety Tips

Limit your sun exposure. Stay out of the sun when it is strongest, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Find shade under a tree or an umbrella.

Cover up. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored long sleeve shirts and pants. Find sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Use sunscreen correctly. Use enough sunscreen (1/4 tsp for your face, 1 oz for your body). Wear sunscreen every day; if you’re outside for extended periods, reapply every 2-3 hours and after swimming, washing, towel drying or heavy perspiring.

Book a complimentary skin assessment for a customised skin programme.