Importance of SPF

Protect Your Skin With SPF At City Retreat Salons In Newcastle

Summer Skincare at City Retreat

Whether you're heading off on holiday or planning a staycation in the UK, wearing SPF is always important to protect your skin - even when it's not sunny! 

At City Retreat Salons & Spas in Newcastle & Gosforth, we offer the full range of professional quality sunscreens from Dermalogica & Elemis. If you're not sure what sunscreen you should be using, just ask a member of our friendly team who will be happy to recommend the right skincare products for you.

Keep reading to find out why SPF is so important for your skin and what sunscreen you should be using...

Skincare Experts Newcastle




Why Should I Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

It's a common misconception that when the sun isn't shining, we don't need to be wearing sunscreen. This is not the case! Come rain or shine, you should be wearing SPF all the time. In fact, you're not even safe from UVA rays inside as they can penetrate glass! This is why wearing sunscreen every day is so important.

UV rays are always all around us. There are UVA rays and UVB rays, both of which are types of radiation and can cause damage to your skin if you don't protect it properly. UVA rays cause skin ageing and UVB rays cause the skin to burn.

The effects of sun damage accumulate over time, and your body can only heal a small amount of the impact. Those who use SPF 15 or higher every day have been shown to have 24% less skin ageing that those who don't wear sunscreen each day. In addition to this, the Skin Cancer Foundation produced research that found that 5 or more sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma. 

It's not just the sun you need SPF to protect you from. Blue light is a form of radiation which is also given off by computer screens and mobile phones! It is believed by dermatologists that blue light can penetrate the skin and break down collagen to cause free radical damage which results in fine lines and wrinkles.

The simple solution to all of this is to make sure you wear an effective sunscreen every day! Luckily, at City Retreat, we stock a range of high quality sunscreens from Elemis & Dermalogica that are ideal for skincare protection.

What Sunscreen Should I Use?

There are different types of sunscreens that come with different levels of SPF. Our skincare experts recommend that you wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. You should reapply this regularly to ensure your skin stays protected throughout the day.

Typically, broad spectrum sunscreens are physical sunscreens but there are also chemical sunscreens...

What Is The Difference Between Physical & Chemical Sunscreens?

Physical sunscreens contain ingredients that create a physical barrier on your skin to reflect UV rays away. If you have sensitive skin then this type of sunscreen tends to be better for you. 

Chemical sunscreens absorb radiation and convert it into heat. If you are working out or sweating, this type of sunscreen is ideal as it is water resistant.

We stock both Elemis sunscreens & Dermalogica sunscreens, so we can recommend the perfect SPF products to suit your skin's needs. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, at City Retreat, we will find the right sunscreen for you!

How To Choose The Best Sunscreen

The main things to consider when choosing a sunscreen are:

  • What does your typical day look like? - i.e. will you be indoors or outdoors? Will you be staring at a screen?
  • What is the environmental exposure like? - i.e. pollution, temperature, humidity
  • What is your skin tone?

Through this, our skincare experts can work out the overall risk to your skin and what level of SPF and type of sunscreen you should be wearing. Book in for a skincare consultation and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Book An Appointment At Top Newcastle Salons

Have fun in the sun whilst protecting your skin with the best sunscreens available at City Retreat Salons & Spas in Newcastle & Gosforth. If you'd like an appointment with our skincare experts, please call us on 0191 281 9222 or book online.