SPF all year round is Your Best Anti-Ageing Treatment

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It might be May, but don’t be fooled by cloudy skies! Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage your skin all year round, even in the UK. It’s Sun Awareness Week and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, but awareness needs to expand beyond just a week or month. Having in-clinic treatments for your skin is pointless unless you pair it with a good, consistent skincare routine and most importantly a good SPF applied daily! The Academy Clinic reminds you why sun protection is crucial for healthy, youthful skin.

Sun’s Sneaky Rays: UVA vs UVB

Around 80-90% of skin ageing is caused by UV rays, which come in two forms: UVB and UVA. 

  • UVB Rays: These cause sunburn and tanning.
  • UVA Rays: These have a longer wavelength and penetrate deeper, causing premature ageing (photoaging) like wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

UVA: The Hidden Threat

UVA rays make up 90% of UV rays reaching Earth. They pass through clouds and glass, making them hard to avoid – even indoors near windows or in your car. Any of our skin specialists will regularly warn you to wear SPF even if you are just sitting by the window inside, we think it is a small price to pay for more youthful skin longer term. 

These rays damage the skin’s dermis, where collagen and elastin reside. These fibers keep your skin plump and youthful. When sun damage occurs, they break down, leading to wrinkles and a leathery texture.

Your best defence? A broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen

  • SPF: Stands for Sun Protection Factor. It measures UVB protection only. Aim for SPF 40 or higher.
  • UVA Star Rating: Look for a “broad spectrum” sunscreen with a UVA star rating of 4 or 5 stars for optimal protection.

Is Daily Moisturiser Enough?

While some moisturisers and foundations offer SPF, they often fall short. Here’s what to consider:

  • Is it water-resistant, rub-resistant, and sweat-resistant?
  • Does it have SPF 40 or higher?
  • Is it broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB)?
  • Do you apply it to all exposed areas (face, neck, chest, ears)?

If unsure, use a separate sunscreen and layer your skincare routine.

SPF Every Day!

Make sunscreen a daily habit, regardless of the weather. Unprotected skin is vulnerable to:

  • Photoaging: Wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone.
  • Skin Cancer: The most common cancer.
  • Worsening Skin Conditions: Rosacea, etc.

Apply It Right:

Sun damage often happens because people underestimate how much sunscreen they need. Most apply less than half the recommended amount! That’s why we recommend dedicated sunscreen instead of relying solely on makeup with SPF.

Here’s the rule:

  • Two strips of SPF squeezed onto the index and middle fingers as a minimum amount for the face only, and reapply every few hours when in strong sun exposure
  • Dermatologists recommend using a generous amount of sunscreen – about six teaspoons for an average adult body

Remember: Prevention is key! Make broad-spectrum sunscreen your go-to anti-aging weapon this Sun Awareness Week and all year long.

P.S. We’re enhancing our skincare offering at The Academy Clinic

 WHAT IS COMING? 

  • Personalised skincare solutions: Introducing Observe, a cutting-edge device that analyses your skin for a bespoke treatment plan, tailored just for you
  • Targeted results: We’ve expanded our range of high-quality skin peels for targeted results
  • NEW Hydrafacial device: Experience the ultimate glow with our new intensely hydrating facial
  • Get all your skincare products in the clinic: Soon, you will be able to conveniently purchase the skincare products recommended by our experts right at the front desk

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