THE BEST SUNSCREEN IS ONE YOU’LL USE EVERY DAY FOR YEAR-ROUND PROTECTION
You know you need sunscreen. But with so many lotions, sprays and gels to choose from, how do you know which sunblock will actually prevent sunburns — and skin cancer?
When it comes to shielding your skin from the sun, the type of sunscreen you choose is as important as how you use it.
The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays:
long waves (UVA) and short waves (UVB).
- UVA rays (or ageing rays) can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass.
- UVB rays (or burning rays) are the primary cause of sunburn and are blocked by window glass.
But did you know that photoaging mainly results from daily exposure to low doses of UV radiation, which does not cause visible changes at the time of exposure but leads to more significant biological changes over time?
In fact, 80% of facial ageing is believed to be due to daily, chronic sun exposure, what is known as incidental sun exposure from everyday activities—walking the dog, retrieving mail, driving in the car, etc.
How do sunscreens work?
Sunscreen formulations generally combine several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s UV rays from reaching the skin. There are two types of sunscreen actives available:
- Mineral sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by reflecting as well as absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain minerally sourced particles such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and form a shield over the skin that helps prevent UV light from penetrating the skin. Mineral sunscreens are ideal for sensitive skin.
- Chemical sunscreens work by chemically absorbing the sun’s rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin. They contain synthetic compounds like Avobenzone or Homosalate that help prevent damage by transforming UV rays into non-damaging forms of energy, like non-UV light or heat. They are also known as organic sunscreens and are often combined to provide more complete protection.
The best sunscreen is the one you’ll use every day!
Mineral and chemical sunscreens each work differently and can have different aesthetic properties on the skin. Many sunscreens use both, so it’s really more a matter of personal preference. No matter which type of sunscreen you choose, make sure it’s labelled “Broad Spectrum” for protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Not only does sunscreen protect your skin from skin cancer, but it also protects against photoaging, which appears as dark spots, sagging skin and wrinkles. If you’re looking for a product that does double duty, why not consider the sun are products from NeoStrata®?
Their selection of sun care products offer both UVA and UVB Broad Spectrum protection and include physical (mineral) options. Their oil-free formulas also contain antiaging ingredients and benefits, making them a daily must for every skin care regimen to improve the look of sun damaged skin.
For all skin types:
NeoStrata® Defend Sheer Physical Protection SPF50 is an ultra-sheer, physical broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from UV radiation and DNA damage. A sheer universal tint blends with the skin’s natural tone providing an ultra-sheer mattifying finish.
Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Recommended retail: R571.00
For sensitive skin:
NeoStrata® Restore Daytime Protection Cream SPF23 is a non-greasy, lightweight anti-ageing day cream with a sunscreen that reduces visible signs of ageing while maintaining the skin barrier function. It hydrates, smooths and protects the skin.
It is formulated for dry sensitive, rosacea-prone skin types but it can also be used for normal combination skins.
Recommended retail: R631.00
For oily / breakout-prone skin:
NeoStrata® Clarify Sheer Hydration SPF40 is a light, oil-free daytime moisturiser that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It helps to control and reduce oiliness, pore size and it gives the skin radiance and clarity.
Recommended for those with a combination or oily, acne-prone skin and those prone to hormonal breakouts.
Recommended retail: R684.00
For dark marks / pigmentation-prone skin:
NeoStrata® Enlighten Skin Brightener SPF35 is a triple-action daily moisturiser that is formulated to help reduce and prevent the appearance of brown marks and pigmentation. It helps to brighten the overall skin tone and for the best results, it should be used with other products in the Enlighten range.
Not for use in sensitive or rosacea-prone skins.
Recommended for prevention and correction of brown marks.
Recommended retail: R889. 00
For anti-aging / skin regeneration:
NeoStrata® Skin Active Matrix Support SPF 30 is a multi-ingredient day moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the Skin Active range.
This advanced, comprehensive anti-ageing range is formulated to prevent and correct all visible signs of ageing, helping to maintain optimum skin health. This product is not recommended for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin and it may not be used if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or lactating.
Recommended for mature, sun-damaged skin.
Recommended retail: R973.00
Where to buy?
Ensure that your NeoStrata products are authentic!
Available at selected authorised dermatologist, plastic surgeon, Aesthetic GP practices and Medical Spas nationwide. Click here to locate a store near you.
All of the NeoStrata ® products are also available online at:
- DermaStore dermastore.co.za
- SkinMiles skinmiles.com
- Skinsmart skinsmart.co.za
- Renewal Institute onlineskinshop.co.za / www.skinrenewal.co.za
Get in touch with NeoStrata South Africa
NeoStrata® is a Dermatologist-Developed line of skincare products that is dedicated to the advancement of skincare through research, innovation and the creation of new scientific molecules.
Their Hydroxy Acid formulations have stood the test of time in targeting key skincare concerns. These include ageing, pigmentation, acne, sensitivity, and maintaining general skin health.
NeoStrata®’s name translates to “new layers,” which perfectly describes their belief that visible results come from renewing layers of the skin. Based on their heritage of scientific breakthroughs, NeoStrata® created seven distinct collections, each tailored to a specific universal skin concern. Years of research have gone into our regimens, which combine multiple products with helping your skin achieve maximum results.