SUNSCREEN – Why is it so important?

When talking about sun exposure we always hear about two types of ultra-violet rays – UVA & UVB. We all know how strong the Australian sun is but what we are finding many clients don’t know is that when the sun rises in the morning our UVA rays – those responsible for premature ageing – are just as strong and remain the same intensity all the way until the sun goes down. This means that UVA rays can be damaging your skin as early as 6am in the morning! So, who thought they needn’t wear sunscreen for that morning jog?

UVA rays are our “invisible killer”. These rays are able to penetrate dermal layers of the skin and are also responsible for the release of special enzymes that accelerate premature breakdown of our important collagen and elastin fibres spoken about in our Ageing article. And let’s not forget about pigmentation!

UV exposure can be a major trigger of pigmentation. When UV radiation hits our skin it triggers a process called melanogenesis which is responsible for the creation and distribution of melanin. UV rays can contribute to the damage of melanocytes (the cells that create melanin) which can result in darkened patches of skin on the skins surface – Hello there, age spots & freckles! This is why we really need to protect our skin at all hours of the day with a good quality SPF30-50 to keep our skin looking clear and youthful. 

There are two different types of sunscreens available – Physical and chemical. It is important when looking at sunscreen that we use a good quality physical SPF which works as a reflective block on the skins surface. Chemical sunscreens whilst still protecting against UV rays work by absorbing into the skins epidermal layers and neutralising UV radiation. This can lead to possible cell trauma and can increase free radical attack resulting in eventual cell death. This is bad news for our important skin cells!

The best way to check if your sunscreen is a physical sunscreen is by looking for the ingredients zinc and titanium in your SPF as these are the two main physical sun protecting ingredients. Don’t forget to check your makeup too – Even though many makeups and moisturisers claim to have an SPF factor you will often find they aren’t a broad spectrum SPF (protecting against both UVA & UVB) and often they are only an SPF 15 which is just not enough in todays climate. 

At Sheer Elegance we have a variety of SPFs to choose from however I’m sure you have repeatedly heard our girls rave about the Triple Action Protector (TAP) by Elizabeth Arden PRO so I just wanted to touch on why this one SPF is such a hero product at our clinic.

First of all we can confidently say that our Triple Action Protector is a PHYSICAL SPF50 which as stated above is a must when trying to protect the skin from UV radiation. The Triple Action Protector is also packed full of antioxidants to fight off free radical attack on the skin. Antioxidants work by offering off molecules to free radicals that have become unstable to prevent them from trying to steal molecules off of our own healthy skin cells. If a skin cell has a molecule taken by a free radical, that skin cell will become unstable and die so it is no wonder antioxidants become such important ingredients in all aspects of skincare.

The final and most important fact I wanted to mention about the Triple Action Protector  is its Nobel Prize winning DNA Enzyme Complex. How the DNA Enzyme Complex works is it carries down to a cellular level in the skin to help in repairing any damaged DNA strands attached to our skin cells. Through a process called mitosis our stem cells are designed to reproduce exact copies of each other which eventually carry on up to the surface of our skin with a few changes along the way. If we have unhealthy stem cells they will begin reproducing more and more unhealthy cells to the skins surface. By using the DNA Enzyme Complex on our skin (found not just in our TAP but also in Elizabeth Arden PRO’s Cellular Recovery Serum) any damaged DNA in these cells will begin to repair thus resulting in healthier and better-functioning skin cells. There have also been studies done showing an improvement of BCC’s over time with use of this ingredient in skincare.  I have attached some articles published in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology to the bottom of this article that further support this claim. You can probably see now why all the girls at Sheer Elegance LOOOOOVE this product – Did I forget to mention that the product feels silky smooth and is also tinted? Say no more!

I hope you can now see why SPF is of such a great importance when it comes to great, healthy skin and hope this can also point you in the right direction in regards to choosing the best SPF for your skins own protection. If you have any questions regarding your skin or what SPFs you are currently using at home don’t forget you can always ask one of our therapists for advice next time you visit the salon. We have plenty of great quality SPFs on offer to help choose one that is right for you.




An Experimental Double-Blind Irradiation Study of a Novel Topical Product with sunscreens Compared to Other Topical Products With DNA Repair Enzymes, Antioxidants, and Growth Factors With Sunscreens: Implications for Preventing Skin Aging and Cancer

– Enzo Emanuele MD PhD, James M. Spencer MD MS, and Martin Braun MD


From DNA Repair to Proteome Protection: New Molecular Insights for Preventing Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers and Skin Aging

– Enzo Emanuele MD PhD, James M. Spencer MD MS, and Martin Braun MD





Posted 12/6/18