Our Mid-Summer SPF Favorites

Summer hot sun, warm lazy days, sounds blissful, but let’s not forget the hazards that comes with getting that golden tan. 80% of wrinkles result from the effect of ultraviolet light from the sun and in some cases even when the sun isn’t that strong we still sustain damage that we aren’t aware of (2/3 of sun damage is surprisingly incidental), hence why sun protection should be applied on a daily basis as the affects wont show up for another 15/25 years. However, exposure to the sun in moderation is key it’s a great source of Vitamin D which makes finding a balance necessary and the use of SPF so important.

Down to the science: what are UVA and UVB rays? The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB).  UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin ageing and wrinkling. Did you know that UVA is the dominant tanning ray? A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations can lead to skin cancer.  UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layer of the skin causing redness and sunburn that over time can cause permanent damage. The intensity UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day.

In order to help keep your skin at it’s best through the hot heat of summer, here are our suggestions on some of our favorite SPF products around:

Clinique SPF35 Targeted Protection StickIdeal for fragile skin lips, ears, nose and delicate eye area, deliveries broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Suitable for all skin types.

Ultrasun Very High SPF50+: Fast-absorbing, non-greasy and non sticky UVA and UVB (SPF50+) sun protection gel with SOD (a free radical scavenger), vitamin E and pro vitamin B5. Ideal for extreme sun conditions and extremely sensitive skin. 

MATIS BB creams Blanche SPF30 and Teint SPF15: Two shades light and dark a 6 in 1 beauty cream that conceals as it treats, revealing radiant soft skin with a perfect finish that looks completely natural. Hydrates, reduces pigmentation, and protects against premature ageing caused by damaging UVA/UVB rays. Try adding a small amount of MATIS radiance cream for a touch of sun-kissed shimmer. 

Clarins Age Control Hand Cream SPF15: Hydrates and gives sun protection, the skin on your hands are thin so wrinkles and pigments come easy, important to use sunblock daily, this cream goes on sheer.

Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50: Oily texture gives an instant glow and high sun protection with a subtle shimmer it’s a perfect look for all seasons giving you that instant tan for any occasion, literally just tan and go. 

Some summer fruit ideas: Protect your skin from the inside out with vital nutrients. Watermelon and cantaloupe are both a great source of hydration and rich in antioxidants, watermelon contains lycopene a strong antioxidant that can help protect your skin against sunburn. Cherries will boost the antioxidant activity in your body great for fighting that mysterious summer cold. Limes gives you 25 to 30% of your daily intake of vitamin C. Raspberry can help prevent cancer and slow the signs of ageing. Zucchini as part of the summer squash family is loaded with water and fiber so its wonderful at helping you stay slim.

Important to keep hydrated drink plenty of water opt for the right food and a moisturiser and body lotion that has SPF. If possible always choose a higher SPF for the face, and don’t forget your hands especially when driving. Hands are an instant giveaway of your true age, so invest in a hand cream that has SPF protection.

About the Author

London’s go-to prestigious beauty therapist. Fere is renowned for her bespoke non-invasive facials, tailor made and adapted to the needs of each and every client. She now counts more than 30 years experience and a wealth of beauty knowledge in her endless pursuit for the body beautiful. Fere & Hasti is founded by mother and daughter duo. Hasti Parangi, Fere’s daughter also offers bespoke facials and also practices holistic healing. The two talents make Neville hair and beauty, 5 Pont Street, Belgravia SW1X 9EJ an unrivaled one-stop to wellbeing and younger, brighter, beautiful skin. Follow them on instagram @fereandhasti and check out their website at www.fere-hasti.com