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The Benefits Of Sun Cream For Healthy & Protected Skin

You know you’re supposed to wear sun cream, but do you know why you’re supposed to wear sun cream? Nurses Danni and Georgi are on hand to tell you!

Man applying sun cream to his face with his fingers.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, our skincare routine can often take a backseat. However, one skincare product we should never neglect is sun cream. The only clinically proven product to protect against ageing, it’s not just for beach days and holidays - it’s a daily essential for healthy skin!

At our Kent aesthetic clinic, we’re always harping on about the importance of SPF. But before we delve into the benefits of sun cream, let’s take a look at the science behind it.

How Does Sun Cream Work?

Developed in 1938 by Franz Greiter - the founder of Piz Buin - sun cream creates a protective barrier around our skin to limit damage from the sun. It works by blending either chemical or physical active ingredients to absorb, reflect and scatter harmful UV rays. 

When it comes to absorption, chemical sun creams are the go-to option. They're packed with organic compounds like avobenzone, octocrylene and oxybenzone, which have a knack for soaking up UV light energy. Once UV rays hit our skin, these sun cream molecules spring into action, soaking up the energy and preventing it from diving too deep into our skin. 

On the other hand, physical sun creams take a different approach. They feature active mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which form a protective layer on the skin's surface. This layer acts as a barrier, bouncing and scattering UV radiation away from our skin.

Whether chemical or physical, every sun cream features a Sun Protection Factor - a measure of how well it protects against UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks around 97% of UVB rays, whilst SPF 50 blocks about 98%.

Woman with a sun hat on facing away from the sun.

What Are The Top 3 Benefits Of Sun Cream?

If you’re looking to halt the signs of premature ageing or reduce your risk of skin cancer, the product should be a non-negotiable part of your everyday routine! Here, we’ve outlined three key benefits of sun cream to demonstrate just how important it really is.

  • Sun Cream Maintains Even Skin Tone - Uneven skin tone, characterised by dark spots, pigmentation and discolouration, is a common concern for plenty of us. The sun can exacerbate these issues by triggering the overproduction of melanin - the pigment responsible for skin colour. Yet sun cream can prevent dark spots from forming by blocking the harmful effects of UV radiation in the first place.

  • Sun Cream Reduces The Risk Of Cancer - With 16,700 new cases in the UK every year, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation is a significant risk factor for developing the disease, but sun cream can reduce our risk by around 40%. It shields our skin from the damaging effects of UV rays, in turn, protecting us from the life-threatening illness.

Woman with aged skin being consulted by an aesthetic nurse.

So, What Is The Best Sun Cream?

There are thousands of options when it comes to sun cream. But ultimately, Nurses Danni and Georgi recommend a medical grade-option over a drugstore alternative. Formulated with higher concentrations of active ingredients, they contain a broader spectrum of UV filters and better formulations for sensitive or problematic skin types.

Our recommendations include CellDerma’s Tinted Mineral SPF 30 and Ultralight Mineral SPF 25, both of which you can order from our aesthetic clinic in Kent.


Prioritise Sun Protection With Sorella

By prioritising sun protection, you invest in the long-term health of your skin, ensuring that it remains radiant, youthful and resilient for years to come. To learn more about your skin, book a personalised consultation at Sorella Aesthetics.

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