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The sun's harmful rays are one of the major causes of premature ageing, causing tissue and collagen breakdown, pigmentation, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. 

The best protection against UV-induced damage is sunscreen, but with so many sunscreens available on the market, where do you begin? It's the great sunscreen debate, and we are here to help!

Let’s delve into the different sunscreen types and how to source a good one for your skin.

Chemical Sunscreen vs Physical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreen-
A chemical sunscreen absorbs into your skin and then absorbs UV rays, converts the rays into heat, and releases them from the body. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone.

Depending on your skin type a chemical sunscreen isn’t usually best as your skin still absorbs the heat from the sun. This can result in sensitivity. 

Physical sunscreen-
A Physical sunscreen works by creating a physical barrier between you and the sun. Put simply, it is like putting a wall up to stop the sun. Physical SPF sits on top of the skin and reflects the sun’s rays. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are th best and most common active ingredients found in physical SPFs.

What We Recommend
Complete Skin & Beauty stock a wide range of SPF options to suit your skin and your outdoor/indoor needs. Did you know it is important to wear an SPF daily even if you are not outside exposed to the sun?

O Cosmedics - Mineral Pro SPF 30+
Mineral Pro SPF 30 is a lightweight, water-based cream. It contains natural mineral Zinc Oxide 21.6% w/w to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It also contains Vitamin E and Kakadu Plum Extract to hydrate, soothe and protect the skin.

SPF 30 is suitable for daily use and perfect for those with normal to oily skins. It is also great as a makeup primer, when running errands, indoors, in the office, or when you guarantee you won't be in the sun for long.

Available in regular and tinted to suit personal preference.

Mineral Pro SPF 30 is available in a larger 250g size suitable for full body protection.

O Cosmedics - Mineral Pro SPF 50+
Mineral Pro SPF 50 is a medium weight, oil-based cream. It contains natural mineral Zinc Oxide 24.98% w/w to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It also contains Vitamin E and Kakadu Plum Extract to hydrate, soothe and protect the skin.

SPF 50 is the ultimate choice if you want an all-in-one solution with a dewy finish. It is recommended for those with normal to dry/dehydrated skin and is perfect for longer periods in the sun, when exercising, sweating (don't forget to reapply!) or for long lunches outdoors. 

Available in regular and tinted to suit personal preference

Mesoestetic - Mesoprotech Range
Mesoprotech is an innovative range that provides wide spectrum sun protection. Various formulas are available with specific textures and active ingredients,  and combined with an anti-ageing ingredient to suit all skin types and needs. All formulations are SPF 50.

* Not available at all Salon locations. Products stocked are by individual salon's discretion.

Dermalogica offers a broad range of SPF skincare, sunscreen and sun protection products that provide superior broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Shielding your skin from harsh sunlight and free radicals that can accelerate premature signs of ageing, their sophisticated sunscreens are lightweight, wearable AND target specific skin concerns. Their sun protection range includes face sunscreens, SPF primer, SPF moisturisers, matte SPF moisturiser and more. Products are available in SPF 30 and SPF 50. 

*Range only available at Compete Skin & Beauty Keperra.

The Effects of the Sun

Unprotected UV exposure is one of the biggest factors contributing to the deterioration of the skin and can result in premature ageing of the skin known as photo ageing.  Signs of photo damage include pigmentation, wrinkles, broken capillaries and loss of skin tone and elasticity. Photo ageing occurs when UV light hits skin unprotected by sunscreen leading to DNA changes at a cellular level. As photo damage occurs in the Dermis, the deepest layers of the skin, it can take years before the damage surfaces and becomes visible. This is why prevention is key. SPF is your number 1 skincare product must-have and it's important to be using one that offers the best protection.

Unsure which SPF is best for you? Why not book in for a FREE consultation with one of our Skin Therapists and have them answer any questions you might have. 

Elise has been in the beauty industry for 10yrs.  She is a passionate brow tattoo artist and loves educating clients on their skin.The best part about her job is she loves seeing clients confidence grow after visiting the salon. In her free time she teaches karate and loves to spend time with her family.  

Elise M
Senior Beauty Therapist
Complete Skin & Beauty Albany Creek