Although the summer sun feels warm and inviting on the skin, it’s not so great for your skin cells. The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause premature aging and skin cancer and may even worsen some skin conditions. For those of us who have experienced more than one sunburn in our lives–and, let’s face it, who hasn’t – we may be wondering if there’s anything we can do to reverse the existing damage and prevent future damage. Luckily, there is!
Skin care’s dynamic duo
Skin experts have long suspected the role antioxidants have played in protecting the skin and reversing sun damage. A few years ago, several studies confirmed that antioxidants, particularly vitamins C and E, play a role in repairing harmful damage from ultraviolet radiation. Further, antioxidants also help protect skin cells from the free radicals that damage your DNA and increase the risk of skin cancer.
If antioxidants protect your skin cells and help reverse damage, SPFs help create a barrier against UVB rays, the rays responsible for painful sunburns. After all, a sunburn is the first sign of sun damage. SPFs delay sunburn while your skin is exposed to the sun. Although many people argue the higher the SPF number, the better the protection, in reality there’s not much difference between an SPF 30 and an SPF 100.
Reverse sun damage
The most effective way to repair existing sun damage and prevent it in the future is to use products that are full of antioxidants and contain an SPF. Use them consistently to maximise your results and create a healthy, youthful complexion.
Reflect SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen contains micronized titanium dioxide to provide UV protection without giving the skin a weird white cast. The gentle oil-free formula is non-irritating and also contains potent antioxidants. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, don’t worry; Reflect is perfect for all skin types. Apply it at the end of your morning skincare routine, before you go outside. Then, reapply as needed throughout the day, especially if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time.
Hydrate+ SPF 17 Daily Moisturiser is another non-greasy and lightweight moisturiser that’s also perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It contains advanced ZinClear technology that protects the skin without creating an unsightly cast. The best part is it also contains powerful antioxidants that protect the skin and repair damage.
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