I don’t think I’m the only person that’s only ever looked at sunscreen as being a product you only use for the summer or when you go on holiday. So when I heard you should use it every day no matter what the weather I was completely unaware as to the need for one, therefore I asked… why?

I saw an interview with Dr Des Fernandes (Environs founder and plastic surgeon) where the reporter asked Dr Des ‘When should I wear sun protection?’ Dr Des replied with ‘When are you in light?’ She replied ‘Well, everyday’ which Dr Des responded saying ‘Exactly, you should be protecting your skin every single day as you are always exposed to light’.

But is this down to the sun itself, the UV rays or the free radicals?

Well, depending on the time of year that can obviously change but the main issue is free radicals, which are present all year round. Free radicals are an important part of sun damage. Antioxidants work as free radical scavengers and are the most important part of a sun protection system, they penetrate the skin, cannot be washed off and offer greater safety than sunscreen alone.

Using antioxidants out ways the protection of just relying on sunscreen. Which Dr Des had tested on his own long before RAD (Environs own sunscreen) which showed an SPF 4 was actually reading an SPF 15 because of the amount of antioxidants that were present.

We still need vitamin D of course but if we have between 5-10 minutes every other day throughout the summer months whilst the sun is at its highest (noon) you would receive a good level of vitamin D that can be held through the rest of the year.

We do see now that companies have been incorporating SPF-s within make-up but unless its UVA and UVB protected and has the full amount of antioxidants then you should always be applying the correct SPF every single day, regardless of the weather outside.

Kirsty

Kirsty Winzar

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Senior Therapist

May 19, 2016 Kirsty Winzar