So you diligently slip slop slap every time you hit the beach and make sure you always wear SPF daily. But did you know that not all sunscreens are created equal?
Broadly speaking there are two different types of sunscreen – chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens protect the skin by absorbing UVA and UVB, while physical sunscreens reflect or block the sun’s harmful rays.
Chemical sunscreen is the more traditional option and is probably what you’re currently using. These rely on ingredients like Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, and Homosalate and Helioplex to absorb (or sometimes scatter) the UV rays your skin is exposed to.
Physical sunscreens on the other hand use only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect UV off the skin. They are effective immediately upon application while chemical sunscreens take 20 minutes to start working.
Physical sunscreens tend to be better tolerated by most skin types because chemical sunscreens often contain toxins which can cause allergic reactions some even generating free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation and ageing. That’s why at James Vivian Dermal Therapies we recommend a physical block such as Results RX Reflect RX ($79.20).
This lightweight, chemical-free spray formula provides total protection, with the added benefit of antioxidants to reduce the signs of ageing and sun damage doesn’t clog pores or add oil to acne prone skin.
“Physical sunscreens, particularly the ones we currently stock, simply tend to be formulated better,” says James Vivian. “They are more refined – not thick or greasy – making them much nicer to wear and far less likely to cause breakouts.”
Another benefit of physical sunscreens is the fact that they aren’t absorbed into the skin means there is no heat generated which can lead to premature ageing and pigmentation.
And because they tend to be nicer on the skin, you’re more likely to use every day – you can wear under make-up and unlike chemical sunscreen there’s no need to reapply (moisturiser or make-up with SPFs do not offer adequate sun protection in the Australian climate).
However, its important to remember that which ever kind you choose – the fact is that any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all.
Adds James, “Obviously both are still effective against skin cancer but physical sunscreen is the smarter choice. It is better for sensitive skin, more comfortable to wear and starts working immediately. But the most important thing is that any sunscreen you buy should offer broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and it should have an SPF of at least 15.”
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“What sets James Vivian Dermal Therapies apart from other professionals in the beauty industry is the incredible lengths the team will go to in caring for their customers.
In my initial consultation, I was prescribed products suited to my skin and my dermal therapist conducted research on the ingredients in my existing products to discover where I was going wrong. I’ve never encountered such initiative, ‘go the extra mile’ or genuine sincerity for customer care. It set the relationship and won my loyalty.”
"James Vivian Dermal Therapies has taken my skincare to the next level with access to the latest skin technology set in a beautiful calm environment. I appreciate the honesty, passion and the post consultancy care. James Vivian Dermal Therapies gets the results I look for and I recommend the clinic to everyone.”
“I am totally blown away by James Vivian Dermal Therapies’ Signature Dermal Therapy Treatment. Since the treatment, my skin became smoother by the day and it looks like new. It’s visibly clearer. I’m truly amazed.”
“I had only had one visit to James Vivian Dermal Therapies and then had a bad experience with another beautician who gave me a facial with terrible side effects. I contacted the clinic and the team were so supportive throughout the whole experience. Having professionals that I can trust is so important to me, especially professionals who are supportive and caring, which seems to be rare.”
“James Vivian Dermal Therapies offers a skin experience like no other. I can honestly say that I have never felt more confident in recommending the clinic’s expertise after seeing the incredible changes and rejuvenation in my own complexion. James Vivian Dermal Therapies is my go-to skin saviour and the results speak for themselves.”
“Due to my busy schedule as an actress, I’d never prioritised my skincare needs, and with so many products on the market I was confused about what to use. This all changed when I visited James Vivian Dermal Therapies. My therapist’s knowledge, experience and expertise simply blew me away and made it so simple and easy! I now understand the importance of correctly managing my skincare and the value of professional advice.”
“I found out I was pregnant just days after my first appointment at James Vivian Dermal Therapies. I called James regarding the homecare products he had prescribed and he recommended that I bring them back so he could substitute them with ‘pregnant friendly’ products to ensure I could safely achieve the skin I wanted throughout my pregnancy. I was so impressed. Later, when I ended up in hospital for weeks on end, James moved heaven and earth to treat me in my hospital room. It meant the absolute world to me.”
"James Vivian Dermal Therapies’ greatest strength is the genuine care and consideration evident when delivering individualised skin assessments and treatments.”
"I never imagined that a chemical peel could be a relaxing experience. The treatment is relaxing, yet effective, and my therapist always checks in to see how I am feeling."
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