The Nexus Beauty News

How to choose the best Sunscreen

How to choose the best sunscreenWe all know that UV rays can cause skin cancer and thus we should protect ourselves from the sun. What many of us don’t know is that UV rays play also a major role in the ageing of our skin. Brown spots, wrinkles and fine lines, as well as a break down of collagen fibres are also caused by the sun.

Referred to as photo-ageing or premature ageing some of the skin damage shows up from a young age while other only manifest itself after our mid thirties and forties.

Sunscreen plays a major role in preventing wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin, so it is crucial that we choose one that will be up to the task.
Far from popular belief, it is not all about the SPF that matters. SPF only tells UVA rays go deep into the skin and are the major cause of premature ageing.

There are two types of sunscreens: chemical and physical.

Chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays. They protect us from sun damage effectively, however they break down and release free radicals that can also attack our skin. Another drawback of chemical sunscreens is that tend to cause skin reactions and are not good for people with sensitive skin.

Physical sunscreens are those containing Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. These sunscreens deflect the UV rays before they touch the skin. A draw back of physical sunscreens is that they tend to leave a white film over the skin, at least the cheap ones do. New manufacturing techniques have allowed us to create some with micro-particles that become invisible, however they tend to be more expensive.

Physical sunscreens are better for babies and children, as well as people with Rosacea or skin sensitivities.
I is also very important that we use sunscreen every day, even if cloudy, as well as during the colder months. Although less intense during the winter, UV rays can damage our skin all year round.

For more information about choosing the best sunscreen visit our blog.

Did you know?

Jessica Tan Beauty TherapistMost of you have already met our senior therapist: Jessica Tan.
But did you know that she has over 20 years experience in the Beauty field? And before that she worked as a nurse in a Maternity Clinic?

Jess is highly experienced in all aspects of beauty therapy. Before coming to Australia, 3 years ago, Jessica worked for 6 years as an assistant to one of the best plastic surgeons in Singapore. Her duties not only involved performing a number of beauty treatments, but also assisting in the operating room.

Jessica is passionate about the skin and skin care (she uses daily about 8 different products on her skin. No wonder, she looks so good).

When asked what is her favourite treatment she will tell you: Sugaring. Since learning to do Sugaring hair removal, she has not wanted to do waxing ever again. Facials are also a close second, and she’ll give you a fantastic facial massage. With such a wealth of experience you are sure to be in good hands.

 

The Nexus Beauty News – Vol 2, Issue 8 – November 2015 Newsletter
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