Taking the confusion out of sunscreen protection

You might be thinking the best way to prevent the damage caused by the sun is wearing sunscreen. Of course, this is true. Without adequate sun protection, the […]

You might be thinking the best way to prevent the damage caused by the sun is wearing sunscreen.

Of course, this is true. Without adequate sun protection, the damaging effects of the sun will eventually show up.

But what is adequate sun protection? Is it applying sunscreen when you’re at the beach or park? Sure, it’s a good start, but it’s not the whole story.

Today I’d like to shed light on the best way to prevent sun damage and dispel some of the confusion surrounding sunscreens.

Let’s start with the Sun Protection Factor.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures how much UVB protection a product will provide. UVB is the radiation coming from the sun that burns your skin.

So how much SPF is enough? An SPF 15, 30 or 50 plus?

Well, if your skin typically turns pink on a hot summer’s day within 5 minutes, then multiply that number by the sun protection factor.

For example, if you’re wearing an SPF 50+, you would have around 4 hours of sun protection before you begin to burn (5 minutes x SPF 50 = 250 minutes or approximately 4 hours).

While UVB light is responsible for burning the skin and causing visible sun damage, UVA sunlight is equally damaging and can reach your skin’s DNA, causing longterm harm to your skin.

UVA sunlight is present all year round even on the darkest of winter days and penetrates through glass windows.

If you are to prevent sun damage, you must choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA sunlight.

Chemical versus Physical Sunscreens.

In Australia, most sunscreens have a combination of ingredients that absorb and reflect UV sunlight.

These sunscreen ingredients fall into two categories; chemical and physical.

Chemical sunscreens scatter and absorb UV sunlight, whereas physical sunscreens reflect and physically block UV sunlight.

Physical sunscreens act like a blanket draped over the skin, reflecting UV sunlight instead of being absorbed.

Chemical sunscreen ingredients like Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (BMDM) is a widely-used sunscreen ingredient that absorbs UV light.

BMDM is popular because it works; however, it’s efficacy degrades when exposed to light.

If you opt for a chemical sunscreen, it must be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure to allow proper absorption into the skin.

It’s worth noting, a sunscreen that only contains chemical sunscreen ingredients while offering broad-spectrum sun protection may not be your best option for preventing the visible signs of sun damage such as premature ageing and hyper-pigmentation.

On the other hand, Zinc Oxide is a physical sunscreen ingredient and will provide broad-spectrum sun protection and does not require the support of other chemical sunscreen ingredients to be fully effective.

So, while Zinc Oxide is not the only sunscreen ingredient available, in our opinion, it’s by far the best!

Synergie Skin Uber Zinc – 50ml

ÜberZinc (SPF 15 / PA+++) is a hydrating moisturiser formulated with 21% pure zinc oxide offering broad-spectrum UVA and UVB solar protection.
Your Number #1 anti-ageing product, the non-comedogenic formula, does not clog pores and has added pure green tea for its potent antioxidant properties.

Until recently, we could not measure how much protection a broadspectrum sunscreen protected your skin from UVA sunlight. The PA+++ rating on Synergie Skin Uber Zinc indicates High UVA Protection.

UberZinc Body

Synergie Skin UberZinc Body – 200ml

ÜberZinc Body is recommended for gentle protection and hydration for body areas exposed to UV light during normal daily activities. Unlike traditional natural sun protectors, ÜberZinc Body offers 100% physical mineral protection in an elegant, non-greasy and hydrating lotion formula.

ÜberZinc Body combines the UVA/B protective and healing qualities of 30% zinc oxide with added antioxidant and UVB/blue light protective tomato skin extract (lycopene).

We’re Protecting the Skin from Sun Damage 365 days of the year.

Preventing sun damage is something you do daily. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days of the year, even if you’re only venturing out for a quick 15minute trip to pick up the kids from school, the harmful rays of the sun are everpresent, and UV damage accumulates over time.

If you’re serious about reversing sun damage and blotchy pigmentation, then broadspectrum sunscreen must become part of your routine every day.

In summer take extra care by re-applying you sunscreen throughout the day and wear a wide-brimmed hat. If it’s sweltering outside, even with broadspectrum sunscreen on, it’s really best to stay in the shade and wear protective clothing.

If you’d like to know more or you’d like some help choosing the right products for you, then you can get in touch with us on 02 8034 2140 or email us here.

See you soon.

Mel x


Melanie Russell Richards

Melanie’s knowledge, credentials and passion for the skin are unsurpassed. With over 30 years of industry experience, Melanie has a Bachelor of Dermal Science from Victoria University and is a member of The Society of Dermal Clinicians.

With so much knowledge and experience, it was time for Melanie to realise her dream of owning her own non-surgical skin clinic and establishing Select Skin in 2017.

Melanie is committed to treating her clients with honesty, integrity, and care. Achieving ethical and results-driven outcomes is the most rewarding part of her day.

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