days. Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 Primer doubles as a sun protection and primer, while Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43 comes in three skin-pepping shades. Ensure you wear over an SPF day cream for maximum coverage.
3. Give your SPF a boost
While sunscreen shields your complexion, antioxidants also improve your body’s natural sun defenses. Top South African plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes recommends applying an
“While SPF shields your skin, antioxidants IMPROVE your body’s natural SUN defenses”
antioxidant serum “three times a day, just as you would sunscreen”. Try Environ Intensive Antioxidant Gel, which blends the power of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene to help repair skin.
4. Know your limits
“Exposing yourself to the sun for 15 minutes triggers vitamin D without your skin turning pink,” says Dr Michael Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution. “Sunscreen inhibits vitamin D production, so oral supplements are more effective, particularly as the sun’s rays are not strong enough to stimulate vitamin D all year round.” Try Life Extension Vitamin D3 Liquid Emulsion, a liquid form that quickly absorbs into the blood stream. If you prefer sun on skin, use the D Minder phone app as a guide to stop you from reaching burning point. It calculates your sun-prescription based on the current UV index, time of day, your location and your vital statistics.
5. Be extra vigilant
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation’s statistics*, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, showing that more of us are affected by the disease than ever before. “With melanoma, it’s very important to
be vigilant after diagnosis, as new cancers can often appear elsewhere within the first two years,” says Dr Ellen Marmur, a surgical dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “Look out for moles or skin patches that are itchy, painful, bleeding, have grown or changed in shape.” Susanne Kaufmann Sun Cream Cell Protection contains SPF 25 and uses modern, highly effective UVA and UVB filters.
6. Prevention is key
When exposed to UV rays, your skin’s pigment-producing melanocytes are sent into overdrive, leading to tough-to-treat dark spots. Natura Bissé Diamond White SPF 50 contains ellagic acid, a pomegranate extract that helps fade brown spots. Darker marks can be treated with a non-ablative laser, such as Fraxel. Schedule any such treatments in the winter months, and ensure you stay out of the sun for at least two weeks ahead of your appointment to reduce the pigmentation of surrounding skin.
THE MAKEUP MULTITASKER:
Shiseido Sun Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43
THE ANTI-DARK SPOT SERUM:
Natura Bissé Diamond White SPF 50
THE DAILY SPF:
Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
THE OVERNIGHT REPAIR
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E
THE SENSITIVE SKIN SAVIOR:
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50+