spf is your bff

With the changing seasons upon us, I wanted to highlight a crucial aspect of skincare that often goes overlooked—daily sun protection, particularly through the regular use of SPF.

In our pursuit of youthful, radiant skin, we often invest in various skincare products and treatments. However, one of the most effective and indispensable anti-aging products isn't found in fancy jars or serums—it's sunscreen.

Research consistently shows that unprotected exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays is one of the primary causes of premature aging. From fine lines and wrinkles to age spots and sagging skin, UV damage can accelerate the visible signs of aging and undermine our skin's health over time.

By applying sunscreen daily, you're not only preserving your skin's youthful appearance but also significantly reducing your risk of skin cancer.

When it comes to choosing the right sunscreen, it's essential to understand the difference between mineral (physical) and chemical sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a protective barrier on the skin's surface. These minerals work by reflecting UV rays away from the skin, offering broad-spectrum protection without penetrating the skin.

On the other hand, chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation and convert it into heat, which is then released from the skin. While chemical sunscreens can be effective, some individuals may experience skin sensitivities or allergic reactions to certain chemical filters.

Regardless of your preference, both mineral and chemical sunscreens can provide effective sun protection when applied correctly. Choose a sunscreen formula that suits your skin type and preferences, and don't forget to reapply regularly, especially after swimming or sweating.

Even here in the UK, where the sun might not always shine brightly, UV rays can still penetrate clouds and cause harm. Therefore, it's essential to make SPF a non-negotiable step in your morning skincare regimen, regardless of the weather forecast.

Whether you're stepping out for a brisk walk, running errands, or simply going about your daily activities, don't forget to apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin areas.

Claire Salon Owner


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