UVA and UVB rays
The sun emits two kinds of ultra-violet light: UVA and UVB. UVA is present all year round and can even cut through grey clouds and glass. It’s also responsible for deep structural damage to the skin which causes premature ageing in the skin and the depletion of important proteins such as collagen. UVB rays on the other hand are responsible for creating sunburn in the skin and create more surface-level damage. This is why it’s very important that you apply a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
Did you know? There are around 500 times more UVA rays in sunlight than UVB rays.
How can you protect your skin?
The best sunscreen for face
The best way of protecting your face from the sun each day is with a broad spectrum factor 50 sunscreen. But, if you have an oily and blemish-prone skin type, you probably want to avoid adding any more shine to your face. The good news is that things have progressed quite considerably in the beauty world and sunscreens now come in a range of textures, including lightweight and matte.
Vichy’s new Capital Soleil Mattifying 3-in-1 SPF50+ suncream, for instance, is designed to answer the needs of blemish-prone skin types. Its formula draws on sebum-absorbing green clay and anti-oiliness technology to create a blotted effect on the skin while simultaneously providing protection against UVA, long UVA, UVB and pollution. The lightweight anti-shine texture works really well beneath makeup too.
The best sunscreen for body
When summer arrives and you shed the thick layers of winter, you’ll need to make sure your body and chest are just as well protected as your face. Vichy’s Solar Protective Waters in SPF50 are award winning and work to hydrate the skin while keeping it protected and comfortable. Their lightweight texture also makes them a great option for oily and blemish-prone skin. Choose from the Hydrating SPF 50 or the Tan-enhance SPF 50 Solar Water.
Vichy tip: Whether you’re applying sunscreen to your face or body, don’t forget to reapply at regular intervals throughout the day – especially if you’ve perspired a lot or been in water.