Let my team at The Clinic help find the best SPF product for you…

As Spring gets into its swing my thoughts turn to outdoor living. Long lazy barbecues with friends and family, picnics at the park, Sunday lunches in the pub garden, alfresco cocktails… maybe even a trip to the beach if I’m lucky. All whilst wearing an SPF product to protect my skin of course 😉

As we’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors, Spring is a great time of year to check your sun protection products, and replace them if necessary. Did you know that they usually only have a shelf life of about a year after opening? Take a look at the packaging: they should have a logo like this to let you know:

Shelf Life SPF Products

The number tells you how many months it’s good for. Once the product has passed this period you should stop using it, as it won’t be offering the same level of protection.

Protecting your skin

We all know that protecting our skin from the sun is one of the most important things to do to tackle ageing. UV rays damage the collagen and elastin in the skin, and this is one of the main causes of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. That’s why wearing a daily SPF product is so important – and why it’s essential to find one that your skin likes!

Before you buy a new bottle of your old favourite, it’s worth considering something new. Not all SPF products are equal: indeed some offer very little protection, and you may find others disagree with your skin, or bring you out in a rash or spots. As a relatively expensive product, it is worth putting in some time here to make sure you buy one that will be right for you.

But let’s face it, shopping for sun protection products is hardly thrilling! It can also be confusing: there are hundreds of different products available, all offering something different and often covered in confusing jargon…

A helping hand to find the right SPF products

For this reason we are inviting clients in to The Clinic this Spring* for a free chat about SPF products, and to help you find out which will suit your skin the best. Just pop in for a chat with one of our team, or contact us if you’d like to arrange a particular time.

Everyone who attends an SPF session will also receive £5 off any purchase of one of our SPF products, PLUS a free ten minute trial on the Dermalux machine. Dermalux is a safe form of light therapy: all the benefits of the sun but with none of the harmful rays! You can read more about Dermalux here.

We stock three different SPF products at The Clinic, Obagi Sun Shield, Heliocare and iS Clinical Extreme Protect, and we can recommend which will be best for you.

Obagi Sun Shield is SPF 50, and comes in different tints to give your skin a lovely natural sun-kissed look. It is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores!) and is great for most skin types.

Heliocare is also SPF 50, and gives broad spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, IR-A and Visible light. It’s enriched with antioxidant ingredients, and comes in three different formulations to suit all skin types; cream for normal to dry skin, oil free gel for normal to oily skin, and mineral for sensitive skin.

iS Clinical Extreme Protect is SPF 30, and moisturises the skin while providing broad spectrum protection. It contains powerful antioxidants and has an invisible, light finish on the skin.

Just call in at The Clinic for your free SPF advice session – or if you’d like to find out more or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

*Blog post first published April 2017