The Importance of SPF | Dermalogica X Skcin

Danielle Levy, Dermalogica, Skcin, SPF, nurse blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

We're almost at July and as we're all aware the Summer sun is coming in thick and fast, with all this sun most of us are spending it a lot more time outside, with a lot more skin exposed to the sun and I'm guessing about 60% of you reading this have either not put any SPF on today or you haven't put the right amount on. I recently got the chance to attend the Dermalogica X Skcin masterclass talking all about SPF, some of the myths around taking care of your skin in the sun, and how to protect yourself from skin cancer so I thought now is as good a time as ever to reinforce the importance of wearing SPF everyday and wearing it correctly.

Danielle Levy, Dermalogica, Skcin, SPF, nurse blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Protecting Your Skin
Skcin is the Karen Clifford skin cancer charity that aims to raise awareness through education, promoting prevention and early detection. Skcin gained it's charity status in 2006, they have developed their experience and knowledge through consultations with medical professionals, skin cancer specialists and other UK charities over the years.

Did you know that almost all skin cancers are actually caused by over exposure to UV radiation and that no matter your skin types, everyone can get skin damage from UV radiation. Once you get skin damage, that damage is permanent, irreversible, and increases with every exposure. Malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers in the UK in adults between 15-34. It is so important to remember that Solar UV radiation cannot be seen or felt, can pass through clouds and bounce off reflective surfaces like snow and sand, it is also not related to how hot it is in a particular day. 

Dermalogica SPF
Dermalogica have got a range of different SPF's, whether you want a stand alone SPF or you want it included in your skincare products. I have gotten the chance to try all three and whilst I love that some of my skincare has SPF included, I much prefer having my SPF as an independent product, just so that I know I am being full protected. For the masterclass Dermalogica kindly sent across two of their SPF's, the Invisible Physical Defense and the Protection 50 Sport for us to try out.

I have been a big fan of the Invisible Physical Defense since last summer and is one of my go-to facial SPF's for everyday. The Invisible Physical Defense is a chemical SPF that is designed to be a weightless, invisible sunscreen that blends easily without leaving that white cast on your skin and protects you from UVA, UVB and blue light. It is filled with bio-active mushroom complex to help soothe skin, prevent dryness and reduce UV-induced redness, as well as green tea which helps to defend your skin against free radical damage. The Invisible Physical Defence is designed to be applied after your moisturiser, 30 minutes before you go out and have sun exposure. I use the 3-finger method for applying SPF to my face, neck, and chest and I really love using the Invisible Physical Defence, as it melts into my skin leaving my face feeling so soft, plus my makeup sits really lovely on top of it.

The Protection 50 Sport is completely new product to me as I've mainly stuck to the facial SPF's from Dermalogica and just used up whatever SPF I've got at home. It's a broad spectrum SPF that can actually be used on both your face and body and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes so perfect for when we can actually go away on holiday again. The Protection 50 Sport reflects the UVA and UVB rays to keep you protected, it also contains Oleosome microspheres that help to counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure. This does come out like your typical thicker SPF texture but within a couple of rubs, it melts into your skin into a super lightweight satin finish so you can literally put it on then get dressed and go on with your day (although make sure you apply it 30 minutes before you go outside or into water!). Now I can't be the only person that was scarred by smell of SPF's when you were younger, I despised that scent so I love that the Protection 50 Sport has a really light, fresh scent that doesn't overwhelm so I'm not triggered by bad memories every time I apply it.

Have you applied your SPF today?

Speak to you next time!
Danielle Levy, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,
*This blog post contains items gifted for review. All opinions are honest and my own.
Danielle Levy

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