SPF’ing in Autumn

SPF’ing in Autumn

While the change of season may require an adjustment to your skin’s treatment and homecare plan, there is something that must remain constant.

No matter your skin type, concern or what the weathers like outside, SPF is mandatory.

Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39 year old Australians*, while early detection saves lives, we prefer to take the preventative approach. Cue SPF.

James recently featured in a Guardian Australia article helping to breakdown how SPF works, how to choose the right sunscreen and where it belongs in your skincare routine.

"We encourage our clients to never use a chemical sunscreen over the top of serums and moisturisers as these can reduce the ingredients from penetrating into the skin."

James Vivian

Chemical Sunscreen

If you’re using Chemical Sunscreens (usually containing ingredients with big long words) make sure these are being applied directly to the skin, and allow 20 minutes prior to sun exposure to ensure an efficient UV filter. You can apply your normal routine over the top of this sunscreen.

We recommend physical sunscreens for more active days like the ones starting with ‘S’, and not for everyday as they may interfere with your normal routine.

Physical or Mineral Sunscreen

For everyday, we recommend Physical or Mineral sunscreens which will typically contain ingredients like Zinc or Titanium Oxide. These types of SPF sit at the top of the skin and repel UV rays. Physical SPF should be applied after serums and moisturisers but prior to your make up routine.

Mineral sunscreens also don’t contain ingredients that may harm coral reefs, making them a more ecologically sound option (which is always a consideration of ours).

Whether you prefer Physical or Chemical SPF, below are non-negotiables when being Sunsmart;

  • Reapply regularly. Every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Choose broad spectrum, which filters both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Water resistant for sweat and swimming.
  • SPF 30 or higher.

Best sunscreen for sensitive skin? Great question.

While there is no particular clear rule of thumb, mineral SPF is typically best for sensitive skin types. It’s also best to steer clear of SPF products containing fragrance as these might actually be the nasties irritating you.

Don’t forget to do what our friends over at the Cancer Council implore you to this Autumn avoid sunburn by...

Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

Sunscreen development has come a long way since zinc sticks, and can be really confusing.

If you’re particularly stumped on this topic, we would love to discuss this with you one-on-one.

Call, email or drop into the clinic for a chat.

* Cancer Council Australia, 2019.