Here Comes The Sun
Are you ready to bare? We gather next generation sun care, brilliant new bronzing products and insider advice to ensure golden, glowing and perfectly protected skin this summer
It’s the ultimate beauty conundrum. While we’re seduced by the golden glow the sun delivers (and the feel-good endorphins it generates) the experts are emphatic it’s bad news for your looks. ‘Sun is the number one cause of skin ageing,’ says Tom Mammone, Clinique’s Director of Skin Physiology and Pharmacology, Leading US dermatologist Dr Brandt agrees: ‘Tans are not proof of glowing health but visible evidence of DNA damaged at a cellular level.’ Anything else? ‘Sun causes fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and affects elasticity so skin is more likely to droop.’ And if that wasn’t enough, Cancer Research UK says malignant melanoma is the second most common cancer among 15-34 year olds. Sold on sunscreen yet? Ready to fake that glow? Thought so.
Swot Up On Sun Facts
The sun’s rays consist of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. It is essential to protect against the first two as UVA causes ageing and UVB causes redness and most skin cancers. Scientists have now identified ‘long’ UVA rays,
which penetrate deeper into the skin causing irritation and pigmentation. The good news? Boots sun care expert Claire O’Connor is confident established brands provide a better shield than ever before. ‘But,’ she says, ‘to ensure really good protection against all UV wavelengths you must look for a five star UVA rating.’ Leading UK plastic surgeon Mr Paul Banwell adds: ‘Chemical sun care products take time to be absorbed by the skin, so apply them 30 minutes before you go outside.’
Face Protectors ‘have much more elegant formulations these days,’
says London dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. These brilliant new non-gloopy formulas sink without a trace. Urbanites should try Chanel UV Essentiel Daily UV Care Multi Protection SPF 30, £41, to fight off the free radicals caused by pollution or Lancôme’s UV Expert GN-Shield SPF 50 PA +++, £32, packs a moisturising punch. Garnier’s Ambre Solaire BB Cream High Alta SPF 50, £7.99, is slightly tinted to even out skin tone and offer a little coverage on the tentative first couple of days into your holiday. A great all-rounder is La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF50+, £16.50. Gratifyingly matt and absorbent, it’s the ultimate in shine control. The latest ultra luxe body sunscreens keep you protected as well as smelling incredible, fighting ageing, boosting your tan and steering clear of irritation. Try colour intensifying Guerlain Terracotta Sun Moisturiser SPF 15 and 30, £30; non-irritating Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced, from £8.14; and youth maintaining Soleil de la Mer The Reparative Body Sun Lotion SPF 30, £65.
Load up on antioxidant products. Banwell is a ‘firm believer’ in them, saying ‘not only do they have an anti skin cancer role but they also help keep you looking younger.’ Try beauty editors’ favourite SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF High Performance Broad-Action Antioxidant Treatment, £150; Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Day Ultra Protection Anti Ageing Moisturizer SPF30, £105.50; or Dr Brandt’s Detoxifying Anti-Oxidant Water Booster Goji-Maxi3, £30, Space NK. Banwell says:
‘It’s essential to moisturise regularly post sun exposure,’ and ‘if your skin is left red and hot, cool it as soon as possible using aftersun from the fridge.’
Try refreshing Bioderma After Sun Milk, £10.90, loaded with anti-ageing cell protection or Origins new GinZing Energy-Boosting moisturizer, £21, which is cooling, oil-free and packed with nourishing ingredients. Post-holiday, fight UV-induced pigmentation with Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Range, which uses a powerful Vitamin C derivative to help restore skin clarity.
Kate Moss says they ‘cover a multitude of sins,’ making you look ‘much healthier,’ but despite ever evolving formulations, achieving a streak-free faux glow is still a challenge. Here’s some help…
Exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate Go for an oil-free product like Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub, £29, or supercharge your usual shower gel with Espa’s Skin Brush, £16, or Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System, £179. Load On The Lotion Start layering on a rich moisturiser a few weeks beforehand as any dryness will ‘grab’ fake tan and ‘make it patchy,’ says St Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Nichola Joss. Blitz Stubborn Dry Patches A glycolic acid product removes dead skin brilliantly. Try new No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Body Exfoliator, £11.50.
New Gen products
The latest products promise (and deliver) natural colour and streak-free results. Soleil de la Mer The Face And Body Gradual Tan, £65, gives weekend-in-Portofino colour and smells expensive. James Read’s Bronzing Mousse, £24.50, is novice-friendly. And if you are craving a deep hue, try St Tropez’ new Self Tan Dark Spray, £33, which Joss says delivers ‘south of France holiday skin’. Another essential purchase? ‘An application mitt,’ says Joss. ‘It gives a natural-looking, streak-free result with a flawless finish.’ Instant bronzers are a summer essential and 2013 sees the launch of more user-friendly formulas and believable colour. We like Guerlain’s delicious smelling Terracotta Jambes De Gazelle Bronzing Mist, £36. Ditto Aerin Beach Cream For Hair And Body, £32, or L’Oréal Sublime Bronze One Day Body, £8.33, which make-up artists swear by. For the face, try a flattering layer of liquid sunshine. Go for Chantecaille’s Radiance Gel Bronzer, £49, By Terry’s Hyaluronic Summer Bronzing Hydra-Veil, £44, or Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust, £46.
HAIR NEEDS PROTECTION TOO… DEFEND AND REPAIR WITH THESE MIRACLE-WORKERS
Label.M Protein Spray
You wouldn’t leave your skin totally unprotected against sun damage, so why your hair? label.m Protein Spray evens out porosity whilst protecting from UV rays.
Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum
This oil from Kérastase combats that age-old salt water or humid frizz effect by smoothing each individual hair fibre to discipline dry and uncontrollable holiday locks.
MoroccanOil Moisture Repair
Revered for its nutritive properties, plant-based Argan oil is the ultimate in natural nourishment. It’s richer than olive oil in Vitamin E and EFAs.