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Advancements in sun care products

Friday 7 July 2017

Gone is the time when wearing sunblock meant a face that was shiny or a body that was slathered in thick white cream

Whether you have sensitive skin, aging hands or dry lips, there’s a sunscreen option to keep you protected

New regulations

An SPF (sun protection factor) anything under 15 or without broad spectrum protection, has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer/early skin aging. Products with an SPF greater than 50 will no longer be acceptable, as there is no adequate data demonstrating that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide additional protection compared to products with SPF values of 50.

How Sunscreen feels

Texture is a key factor in deciding whether we will wear sunscreen every day-or not. If people find it too heavy and greasy, if it doesn’t feel comfortable under makeup, that’s probably the biggest reason why they’re not wearing it. If people are comfortable with the texture, they are more likely to use it, and they’re likely to use it more frequently.

How and where it goes

Sunscreens that can be applied with minimum mess and fuss are gathering steam. Smaller containers mean easier portability, plus you’re more likely to get through the bottle before the formula starts to break down in, say, an overheated beach bag or car. Skin cancer often strikes the body parts we don’t think to protect, such as the lips, tops of ears, decollete and backs of hands. But not all skin is the same.

The ideal sunscreen must be broad spectrum that is, containing agents that can provide protection from both UVB and UVA radiation. The product needs to be cosmetically acceptable to enhance use and compliance. The ideal sunscreen would combine ingredients to expand the range of ultraviolet protection from damaging UV rays and should include either micronized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, given ongoing concerns about the durability and efficacy of certain chemical UVA blockers.

Most sunscreens are highly effective for preventing sunburns and will decrease the chance of the skin turning red or becoming irritated from the sun’s heat. Certain sunscreens can actually cause negative cutaneous effects due to the incorporation of irritating or allergenic ingredients. For some of these negative effects include, but are not limited to, dryness of the skin, allergic dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, acne, cancer, skin aging, and photosensitivity. With some brands of sunscreen, even mere inhalation of the product can cause reactions in some patients. It is important to find the right sunscreen for each person and to ensure that these symptoms do not occur with the brand they are using.

Heliocare Gel SPF50 (Oil – free)

Heliocare Gel SPF 50 (Oil-Free) is a topical sun protection gel in an innovative lightweight formulation that is quickly and uniformly absorbed to protect the skin against daily environmental challenges. A suitable sunblock for combination and oily skins.

Key Ingredients include Fern Block®, a natural plant extract from Central America with proven photo protective properties together with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that leaves no residue on the skin. Non-comedogenic.

Dr Webster’s Recommendations: Fern Block® offers potent photoimmunoprotection protecting your skin not only from the sun but also enhancing your skin immunity. This is one of the most popular everyday sunscreens for combination and oily skins in the Heliocare range.

 

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